Soon after we were grounded at home following the COVID 19 scare, we began to engage ourselves by watching interesting Malayalam movies on the TV screen. Our choice of Malayalam movies was guided by the fact that the few Malayalam movies which we saw, were not only off-beat, but highly watchable. But more about Malayalam movies in my next post.
This post is about seven Tamil movies, all released in the last few years and which seemed to fit the reason for our watching Malayalam movies. Each of these movies, as we will see has a theme very different from each other and can justifiably be called off-beat and watchable at the same time. Perhaps there are more such movies which I have not watched and therefore, by no means, can this be an exhaustive listing. Quite obviously, I am not going to write a detailed review for each of these ( I had done a detailed review for one of these films KD some time back), but hopefully will give you a brief insight as to why I would classify them as not-to-be-missed. These movies are available on Netflix or Amazon Prime and therefore have sub-titles, and so can be watched by folks who don’t speak Tamil also. The listing of these movies follows no particular order.
1. GAME OVER: This movie, starring Tapsee Pannu was simultaneously shot in both Tamil and Telugu and is also available in the Hindi dubbed version.
The tale of a game designer, who has had to undergo a personal trauma and the psychological fall out of her being in that profession and going through the trauma produces a nail-biting script. Topped by brilliant acting by Tapsee, this is not a movie for the weak-hearted or for those who don’t like movies of such genre. For the others, I would say that this is the best scary film I have seen in any Indian language in recent times.
RATING: 4 out of 5
2. SETHUM AAYIRUM PON: An unusual story against the backdrop of the custom of applying make-up on corpses, before they are finally consigned to the crematorium or the burial ground, the movie captures the moods of an extremely backward village and human relationships in a very vivid manner. At a running time of just 100 minutes, the acting talents of the characters brings a lot of life to this movie.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
3. SOMETIMES : This is a simple tale describing the happenings in the waiting room of a pathology lab and the persons who are awaiting the results of the blood test with bated anxiety. Expressions of the characters involved, particularly Prakash Raj, and the stories of each of the characters make this movie to be a very different, and yet, a very likeable movie.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
4. OTHTHA SERUPPU SIZE 7 : This is indeed a very unique movie. Written, directed and produced by Parthiban, the uniqueness stems from the fact that Parthiban is the only actor in the movie. There are other characters as well, but one just gets to hear their voices. A murder drama, it has its twists and turns and Parthiban’s performance is outstanding. This was also in the running for India’s entry to the Oscars, but lost out to GULLY BOY.
RATING: 4 out of 5
5. SUPER DELUXE: If this movie has to be fitted in a genre, then I am afraid there isn’t a word for it. It is a collage of four stories, each different from one another and extremely hard hitting at the same time. The kaleidoscope of real-life happenings couldn’t have been filmed better. Vijay Sethupathy is outstanding in the role of the dad who transforms his sex later on, but so are all the other actors.
RATING: 4 out of 5
6. KANNUM KANNUM KOLLAIYADITHAL : A hilarious con drama, the fast pace of the movie helps offset some of the far fetched moments in the script and story. But it is a jolly good ride, so why complain? And heart throb of millions, Dulquer Salman is there in a negatively positive role. Confused? Just watch it.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
7. KARRUPU DORAI ( KD) : Since I have already reviewed this earlier on, I wont repeat except to say that this is the best movie in the above anthology.
RATING: 4.5 out of 5

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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