Movies like Baahubali and Puli might open new floodgates, resulting more films from a genre of cinema that once ruled Tamil film industry but has been largely forgotten in today's mad rush of over commercialized films.
The genre I Am talking about is 'Historical'. Earlier, Tamil
cinema was defined by historical films and such was the impact
those gem of movies had on its audience.
As years passed by, the style of filmmaking changed and with
that something as grand as historical movies were taken out of the
equation, making it hard for such films to make a comeback.
But slowly, in the last few years, such movies have found its
own place on the big screen and not surprisingly, audience's
response too have been overwhelming.
But one major hurdle filmmakers face today while trying to
recreate the magic of historical movies is the challenge of
recreating everything from costumes to edifices and the hostility
involved in gathering lost and forgotten information.
But thanks to directors like Chimbu Deven and Rajamouli, South
Indian cinema may witness more number of historical films in the
future. Also with the kind of producers Tamil cinema is blessed
with today, the responsibility of making these kind of movies
should now be embraced by our directors.
Check out the slides below for some of the recently
released historical films in Tamil:
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Chimbu Deven has a flair for historical films it can be said.
Though this movie was meant to be a comedy flick, the sets erected
and the information gathered to present a complete metaphorical
movie is praiseworthy. His upcoming film Puli will
have its own piece of history.
This Kamal Haasan starrer narrates the story of a Brahmin who
gives up everything in order to prepare himself to assassinate the
Mahatma. From the way it was picturized to the movie's overall
feel, history was written all over it.
Directed by AL Vijay, Madrasapattinam is a love story
with a historical touch. It revolves around a British girl who
falls in love with an Indian in the pre-independence era.
Set in the early 20th century, this Vasanthabalan directorial is
about a drama troupe. It was said that Vedhicka's character was
inspired by the real life story of stage artist and singer KB
Directed by Yuvaraj Dhayalan this Vadivelu starrer is about a
15th century poet Tenali Rama. A comical angle was given to this
film which had largely targeted kids and family audience.
India's first 3D motion capture feature film was also a
historical movie. In the distant future, if filmmakers find it
extremely difficult to recreate something very historical using the
technique we use today, then motion capture films might come to