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Adieu, 2015

It would be an understatement to say that the year that has just departed was an eventful year for Tamil Cinema. It was the year that Nasser became the president of the South Indian Artiste’s Association along with Vishal as its General Secretary and Simbu was hounded by all and sundry on account of his infamous Beep Song. It was the year of S.S.Rajamouli’s Baahubali and Mani Ratnam’s Ok Kanmani and Mysskin’s Pisasu. Puli became a colossal flop and Trisha Illana Nayanthara became a surprise hit. The industry witnessed the sudden death of veteran actress Manorama; when Vetrimaaran became the second Tamil filmmaker to win an award at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and Cheran’s C2H was launched.

This year also saw a magnificient crop of Tamil actresses stunning the audience with diverse portrayals. Who’d have thought that Iyshwarya Rajesh would come out with such a great performance in Kaaka Muttai. Her heart-warming portrayal of a young mother in the slums of Chennai, struggling to make ends meet with her two mischievous kids will surely be remembered for a long time to come. It would almost amount to sin if I do not mention Ramya Krishnan who is fast becoming a veteran with years of experience behind her. Her terrific portrayal of a queen hell-bent on defending her kingdom and children in Baahubali is surely worthy of mention. Ramya Krishnan vanished into the character(Sivagami), and though she’s only in a few scenes of S.S.Rajamouli’s magnum opus, she steals every second she’s on screen. Nayanthara is undoubtedly the only actress who knows how to act along with keeping the box office registers ringing. With her mystery thriller Maya, she has once again proved that she can carry a film alone on her shoulders.

When one talks about 2015, one never forgets the floods that washed away Chennai. Many films were postponed owing to the downpour. Owing to the same floods I happened to step inside a neighbourhood movie theatre to escape from boredom. I genuinely began to feel a dash of guilt as I was entering the theatre as I couldn’t swallow the thought of me enjoying, while the whole city was suffering. To my utter shock, the ticket counter had placed a board which read… Housefull…

– Avinash Moyidi

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