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Will Movies Like Baahubali And Puli Open New Floodgates In Tamil Cinema?

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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.

Will Movies Like Baahubali And Puli Open New Floodgates In Tamil Cinema?

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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Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikesi

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.

Hey Ram

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.

Kaaviya Thalaivan

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 Sundarambal.

Tenali Raman

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 their aid.

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