Who’s the hero in Kollywood 2013

Who is the HERO

Who is the HERO ? photo credit – carol mitchell

I switched on my  FM radio this morning and out came a song “Who’s the hero” sung by Andrea. Then it left me pondering for a few minutes, and then I decided that this is going to be my topic for my next post. Ha! Thanks Andrea.

Tamil cinema is changing now. Changing for the better. Cinema and politics have been the most juiciest cocktail for the man on the street in Tamil Nadu. He has seen stars rise from nowhere to superstars in politics. Stories were based on the star value rather than acting skills. Songs were fine tuned to suit the actor, rather than the character of the film. Situations were created to ego boost the star image of the hero. Every hero has his share of fan following and the numbers might make one dizzy.


Director Sridhar

 We have seen quite a few off beat Tamil films right from the 1960’s, but their percentage were very few. Veteran Directors like Sridhar, K.Balachandar, K.Vishwanath  (telugu) , Mahendran, Bharathiraja and a few others made films on story based subjects leaving their super heroes for some rest.

Films like Moondru Mudichu, Avargal, Udhiri Pookkal,  Aval Appadithaan, Sankarabaranam (telugu ), 16 vayadineley, made with different story-lines made a huge impact with the tamil audience. In fact Bharathirajas’s film 16 vayadineley took the studio owners by a big surprise. Films made in studios, were taken away to villages and outdoor shooting became a trend after that.  But even they could not sustain this trend for a long period, since the tamil cinema goer was in a fantasy world, wanting to applaud super heroism and wishing to see on-screen the things he could not achieve in his or her own life.

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He liked the angry young man’s image when Amitabh Bachchan was ruling supreme in Hindi Cinema. Then he liked the heroes bashing baddies all over the place and letting truth triumph over evil in the end. Unlike Malayalam cinema the Tamil audience were not prepared for rustic screenplays. So the producers were using the same beaten formula for commercial success.

But now tamil cinema has changed tremendously. Every third movie which gets released has a totally formula free and heroism free story line. So now the real hero of the tamil cinema industry is the screenplay with awesome actors playing their part with the right blend of heroism. Actors are on a roll now. Every movie has new faces and most of them are talented. The same effect happened when A.R. Rehman took over the reigns of the tamil film music industry.  The flood gates were opened and the unwritten  laws and bye-laws for the tamil film music industry were packed and shelved. A whole crop of new singers arrived and the fittest survived.

SoodhuKavvum(2013)_Poster (1)

credit : Wikipedia

In the same way the audiences are lapping it with joy. Movies worth mentioning are Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanum, Soodhu Kavvum, Pizza, Neram, Myyna, Naan Kadavul, Vazhakku enn 18/9, Autograph and so on. Realism is the new key word. But I have to mention a few disturbing elements here. Lot’s of violence has been unleashed in the name of realism which is a bit sad. If this urge is curbed then the films will be much more  healthier. Tamil movies are frequently being remade into other languages which is also a good sign.



So a day might come when we might even move closer to Hollywood and we might see only actors and not heroes.

See you with my next post.

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