I would rather choose to call the finest year of Tamil Cinema in the post Liberalisation era. It was heartening to see a variety of well made movies that were commercially successful as well. Each one differed from the other not only in terms of content, but also in terms of execution and style.
The biggest hit of the year Bahubali 2, expanded the boundaries of masala storytelling . It brought almost every cinema consumer to the theatres to the delight of the stakeholders. The visuals added to the emotional texture of the film and resonated with every single viewer.
In contrast, the other blockbuster Vikram Vedha made on a quite modest budget proved that focussed storytelling with compelling characters can give big stars a run for their money. Vikram Vedha earned the tag of the Biggest Surprise Hit of 2017.
Mersal, a typical star vehicle broke all previous collection records and established Vijay at a place very next to Superstar Rajnikanth. The film had a very strong emotional core and appealed to family audiences.
Aramm and other releases
Aram featuring Lady Superstar Nayanthara in a dignified role, satirised the governmental machinery and the power politics it is mired in. Audiences lapped the less-than-two-hour movie admiring its offbeat content.
Two movies starring Vidharth- Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu and Kurangu Bommai breathed fresh air into Tamil cinema. The former was a comedy written around a deadly serious predicament. The character detailing and performances stood out and made the film unforgettable. The latter was a thriller bolstered by ingenious writing and superb direction. The villainous performance of Kumaravel shocked the audiences very much.
Theeran Adhigaram Ondru starring Karthi broke new ground in the genre of action cinema. Thrilling action sequences and intense research kept audiences spellbound in this superb police procedural.
Critics however named Maanagaram as the film of the year for its interleaved storytelling. The hyperlink format of storytelling kept the audiences at the edge of their seats.
When everyone thought that the best of 2017 was over, December gave birth to a wonderful film called Aruvi. It centered on a frail, yet strong willed terminally ill girl who goes on a rampage over her tormentors. The film collected 20 times its budget emerging as a superhit at the end of 2017.
Power Paandi, 8 thottakkal and Thupparivaalan were other releases that appealed to the masses and critics alike.
We hope 2018 equals if not betters the amazing record of 2017.