Selvaraghavan is a director with a difference. Clearly, his movies have always managed to stay unique and have often been praised by critics and loved by movie buffs which is a rare feat any filmmaker would love to accomplish. Read on to know more about the director and his best works.
Though Selvaraghavan has only directed a handful of movies, each movie of his have been looked upon with keen interest, thanks to his first film Thulluvadho Ilamai, which earned him the much needed recognition. The film also broke all stereotypes of Tamil films.
Another reason which is directly proportional to the number of films he has directed so far is the number of films that has failed to materialize under Selvaraghavan's directorial. Yes, according to reports, as much as eight films have been shelved so far including a couple of Hindi movies due to various reasons.
Today, we bring to you some of his best works till date and his movies that have been shelved which otherwise could've easily given us more brilliant films from the famed director.
Check out the slides below to know more about those shelved projects and of course his best films till date:
Best Film(Kaadhal Kondein)
Without a doubt, this is one of his best till date. The story explores the mind of a youth who is mentally and physically abused in his childhood. The film was remade in Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and also in Bangladesh.
Best Film(7G Rainbow Colony)
This film yet again narrated a love story and was about how an average looking guy manages to woo a North Indian girl. Selvaraghavan later went on to say that the film was loosely based on his real life incidents. It was remade in Telugu, Bengali, Oriya and in Kannada.
This is one of the boldest film directed by Selva. With a complicated screenplay, the movie spoke about a boy who goes on to become a notorious gangster. The film got an universal critical acclaim for the music and picturization and was a box office hit.
Best Film(Mayakkam Enna)
Mayakkam Enna depicts the story of an aspiring wildlife photographer and his struggles in life. The film also gave an idea about how passionate one can get while working on something they like. The movie garnered positive reviews from critics and was also a box office success.
Best Film(Aayirathil Oruvan)
This film deals with the fantasy world of a lost Chola dynasty. A genre rarely attempted in Tamil cinema, Aayirathil Oruvan tasted success at the box office. Taking us back to 1279 A.D, Aayirathil Oruvan is definitely one of Selvaraghavan's best.
Dropped Film(Hindi version of Kaadhal Kondein)
Selvaraghavan was initially considered to remake the movie in Hindi which was said to be produced by Boney Kapoor in 2004. Unfortunately, the project did not materialize for reasons unknown.
Dropped Film(Hindi version of 7G Rainbow Colony)
Like Kaadhal Kondein, Selvaraghavan had also shown interest to remake 7G Rainbow Colony in Hindi with Vivek Oberoi in the lead in 2007. But once again, the venture did not materialize.
In 2004, he began pre-production on a gangster film titled Kasimedu for producer Salem A. Chandrasekharan which would feature Ajith Kumar, Dhanush and Bharath in the leading roles. The film however was later cancelled.
Dropped Film(Idhu Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam)
Selvaraghavan started a production company named White Elephants along with Yuvan Shankar Raja and Arvind Krishna, the cinematographer. The team began shooting with Karthi and Sandhya in the lead roles. The film was stalled in early 2007 and was eventually shelved.
Dropped Film(Vishal-Trisha movie)
Selvaraghavan began the pre-production work on a film featuring Vishal and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles in late 2008. However, the actor and director called off the project months later after having creative differences.
This prestigious project had Vikram and Swati Reddy in lead roles. After filming in some of the dangerous caves in Himalayas, the film was momentarily shelved in 2010 and it never took off again after the producer Singanamala Ramesh walked out.
Postponed Film(A Bilingual Featuring Rana Daggubati)
This was once again a prestigious project announced by Selva in 2010 and was said to be set in 50 B.C. The film has not been officially called off and is said that the movie has been postponed after Selvaraghavan and Rana thought it was too early to work on the film.
In December 2013, Selvaraghavan began pre-production on a new venture titled Alaivarisai produced by Varun Manian, which would feature Silambarasan and Trisha in the lead roles. The film has been on hold since May 2014.