Some Good, Better and Best Tamil Movies..:)

This list is not in any particular order! Just a collection of good movie names..Suggestions are welcome..And always remember this list will be updated..!:) And pls don't get a wrong assumption abt filter by genre in the right side...It's completely wrong, as wrong catalogue is maintained in this database.. And remember Tamil, or more in general Indian films has few songs, where lyrics of love sometimes transcends boundaries, a bit of parallel way of story telling, with some comic ingredients like sweet toppings(likable) and sometimes, heavy vehicles like SUVs flying apart from few cliches.. But, this list will mostly have some good, different story lines and likable stories..(songs, excuse, can ffwd :) ..subtitles(for recent movies, will be there..for old movies, doubt)
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Pizza (2012)
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A pizza delivery boy lands in a mysterious circumstance and it works a dramatic change in his life. (127 mins.)
“ ...suspense for first time watching and lovable in the second... ” - itsmani87
Soodhu Kavvum (2013)
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A botched kidnapping attempt leads to much confusion. (135 mins.)
“ Dark Comedy, but enjoyable and watchable many times, like snatch, lock stock.. ” - itsmani87
Thalapathi (1991)
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Surya (Rajnikanth) is an orphan raised in a slum. He finds a friend in the local Godfather (Mamooty)... (157 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ The tale of Mahabharatha written in a Manirathnam style... (Some people think less of contributions of this director...Like director Myskin who directed, 'Anjaathe', who justified his plagiarism of 'Nandalala' in Vijay TV talk show, "Maniratnam too copies..!!" For those ppl, he is one of the director whose movie has been shortlisted in Times Best 100 movies in the 20th century ('Nayagan')..

His wife Mrs.Suhasini told in another talk show, 'Miramax' Hollywood Production house had approached this director to direct a movie.

This happens not by luck, chance. But, purely by his talent!! Thalapathi is one of his Masterpiece creations. With good cinematography by Santhosh Sivan and good music by Illayaraja

Note: Illayaraja's 'Rakkama Kayathattu' (lyrics:vaali) song is chosen as one of 20th century's best music composition in BBC's list ” - itsmani87
Mumbai Xpress (2005)
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After having spent his entire life in Bombay's Dharavi slums, Digamber feels it is time that he takes steps to improve his lifestyle... (152 mins.)
“ It's again a dark comedy..By actor Kamal Haasan, whose each and every creation is unique and the actor, whose films have been nominated the most by India, 'Best Foreign Film Category' in the Oscars. More of his movies, will be in this list. ” - itsmani87
Vazhve Mayam (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A trainee pilot attempts to woo a pretty Air Hostess.
“ A trendsetter for a fairy tale gone awry...So many movies, have followed tragic ends, after this movie...Hence in this list..Also lookout for the music score in this movie, with lyrics (Kavignar Vaali).. ” - itsmani87
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young man forgets a few years of his life, even as he is about to get married. (155 mins.)
“ dark comedy, when the protagonist forgets some critical events in his life, just before marriage; courtesy: a catch he tries to take in a cricket match ” - itsmani87
“ Movie can be translated to 'Money is God'. There is a large family and person in the family(Hero- Muthuraman) loves a girl (Lakshmi), who join as servant maid. He needs money and the way they(Muthuraman, his friend Srikanth and heroine) go for Gold is by through arranging a fake Godman(Thengai Srinivasan, who speaks funky tamil language). Watch it, for the way the person to be cheated (Manorama) and other mentioned actors performances.

I want to add some old movies in this list; laughable riot. I am unsure will it be available with subtitles!:P It's for some future generations, who can see how old customs and behavior were there ; a black and white series movie list ” - itsmani87
Poova Thalaya (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A goat and tiger game between a man and women. (150 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
“ Heads or Tails..? A strong/arrogant Woman, takes control of a family, by making her Son-in Law (Gemini Ganesan) nod for everything she says...His brother Jai Shankar, with the help of a mysterious Rikshawman (Nagesh) tries to change things and enter into a bet with the Woman.

I am not sure of the woman's name, but her performance was great along with other actors..

Why is in the list? It's funny, and for the first time a woman was shown as a villanous character in Tamil cinema.. ” - itsmani87
Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults. (162 mins.)
“ comic...4 characters..kamal...kamal..kamal and kamal...!! Homework and differentiation between the characters is awesome..Singitham Srinivasn has directed this one and it's one of his many good movie colloborations with Kamalhasan

3 leading ladies in one movie..It's only possible to woo them by this man in 3 different styles..!! #kingOfRomances ” - itsmani87
Annamalai (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A class-divided friendship goes through highs and lows through several decades. (164 mins.)
Director: Suresh Krishna
“ Superstar..!! The name, which ruled box office, and tamil cine industry was born in this movie...

He deserved it; Rajini...After so many years in Tamil industry and ruling box offices, being humble all the way, he deserved the title..

Unwelcomely, so many titles were coined by many actors themselves to the ages to come...(in tamil industry atleast) ” - itsmani87
Ullathai Allitha (1996)
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Raja is the son of the very strict and disciplinarian Colonel Chandrashekhar. Raja's marriage is fixed with Indu (Rambha)... (149 mins.)
Director: Sundar C.
“ laugh riot..inspired from a hindi movie (which starred amir and salman khan together), which might in turn would have got inspired by any english movie..anyhow, this movie is much confusions, music, acting everything is good and funny..

Goundamani, would have not kicked Senthil's ass for the first time, after sharing so much screen space ... (Laurel & Hardy of tamil cinema). Sundar. C direction.. ” - itsmani87
Minnale (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young girl is torn between an obsessive lover and a mild-mannered suitor. (171 mins.)
Director: Gautham Menon
“ love by a lightning..Harris Jeyaraj, the music director was introduced with Gowtham Vasudev Menon, the director...The two are ruling for a decade...

Thamarai, a first female lyricist also got introduced in this movie..She has written songs for many movies to come... ” - itsmani87
Kadalikka Neramillai (1964)
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Poor Ashok loves Nirmala, daughter of industrialist Vishwanathan who is determined to get his daughters married off to a rich groom. Ashok seeks his affluent friend Vasu's help, who disguises as Ashok's father. (159 mins.)
Director: C.V. Sridhar
“ Muthuraman, Ravichandran, Balayya, Nagesh...Why am I leaving female actors..? Not that, I am prejudiced, but most films probably had much to do with male actors...!:(

It's a comic movie...Good one ! Music score by blockbuster duo Viswanathan&Ramamoorthy is evergreen..

Actress Sachu's dance moves with Nagesh is noteworthy...

providing wiki link, for futher info: :) ” - itsmani87
Kaadhalukku Mariyaadai (1997)
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Jeevanandhan "Jeeva" (Vijay) is a very rich young man. Although his parents (Sivakumar and Srividhya) want him to settle down... (165 mins.)
Director: Fazil
“ This is for Vijay, the ACTOR and actress Shalini, directed by Fazil...A romantic tale, whose title roughly translates to 'Respecting Love', which tells story about a Christian Girl, a normal Hindu guy; how they fall in love with each other and the problems, they are facing with their families..

p.s: why did I put 'actor' in caps...this fellow in his later years tortured us the tamil fans continuosly, with same stories and different/excess ingredients of Masala( which in cinematic terms, translates to couple of songs in foreign locations with heroines, beating up of the villains, flying cars, SPEAKING nonsensial PUNCH DIALOGUES (- ex: life is a square, for which his opponent actor Ajith will counteract by saying life is a circle..!!!!! ##$$%(cough, sputter, spit)) and some comedy to complete the masala ingredients...) ” - itsmani87
Kaadhal (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Aishwarya, a convent-girl from a wealthy family in the town of Madurai (Tamil Nadu) falls in love with a young motor-mechanic... (122 mins.)
“ a love story directed by a good actor Balaji Sakthivel...Couple of music scores are pretty good in this movie... ” - itsmani87
Thiruda Thiruda (1994)
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An Inspector is assigned to track down a large sum of stolen money. His investigations lead him to a couple of small time crooks, a village belle, a murder, an absconding suspect, and an international drug dealer. (140 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ music: ar rahman, direction: maniratnam combo, it's like ordering popcorn with pepsi/'s a good entertaining combo..

the movie is different...there are too many flying things in this movie! (cars, bullock carts, scooter, lorry, actors)'s total fun to watch this kind of things ..

but if you ignore the above con, this movie is watchable...a hollywood kind of movie, might have been inspired..

this movie marked the colloboration of Ram Gopal Varma/Maniratnam and one more bigwig in Indian industry for screenplay/production...

and the finance minister role is clearly inspired by of rare kinds in Indian cinema, to portray a real life politician, as part of characterization...

It's overall a Heist Drama..It happens or shown very rarely in Tamil Cinema.. Guess, 'Nanayam' was the only one to come after this, with this theme..

conclusion: not intelligent enough film makers. ” - itsmani87
Abhiyum Naanum (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The father of a grown daughter meets the father of a toddler at a playground and recounts the story of his own relationship with his daughter through the years, including his difficulties with accepting her marriage. (147 mins.)
Director: Radha Mohan
“ father/child(girl) relationship from her childhood days till she gets married...! An emotional, lovable story...

Director Radha Mohan and actor/producer Prakash Raj are one among many good combos Tamil industry has seen..All their movies, except for recently released, 'Gowravam' had been hits and critically acclaimed.

If I don't tell Actress Trisha's performance, I will become male prejudiced! She has been a heart throb for almost a decade. From Leysa Leysa till Vinnaithandi varuvaya, she has acted in many good movies; unfortunately if Hollywood film industry has actress portrayed as Sex material, Tamil/Telugu/Hindi industry reduce woman to dummy material with skin show and glamour; this part which I am not liking in movies across. ” - itsmani87
Pattiyal (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Kosi(Arya) and Selva(Bharath),are contract killers working for a middleman named Sami(Cochin Haneefa).Director... (140 mins.)
Director: Vishnuvardhan
“ This movie might have some purchased material from some industry in some part of the world...But overall, it's action, intense drama...Actor Aarya, director Vishnuvardhan combination is a hit so far.. ” - itsmani87
Mayakkam Enna (2011)
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Karthik and Yamini can't stand each other, but there lies the twist when opposites attract. (145 mins.)
“ 'Why this Kolaveri' actor's best performance till date...It's an emotionally touched story, of how a wife can inspire her husband...Actress Richa, Actor Dhanush and Director Selva Raghavan's euphoria.

p.s: waiting for one such wife, though I am not that kind of a husband..!! :P ” - itsmani87
Payanam (2011)
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The movie deals with the stance of the government officials on such a serious issue and how a belated decision will make a situation worse, in an already edgy circumstance.
Director: Radha Mohan
“ a story inspired by kandhahar flight hijacking..Actor Prakash raj, director radha mohan's combination continued in this movie with a different tale.. ” - itsmani87
Muthu (1995)
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The movie is about a loyal servant, Muthu (Rajni), working for Zamindar Malayasimman (Sarath Babu) and the cunning plans by the uncle of Malasimman to capture the whole wealth which uncovers some mystery about Muthu. (132 mins.)
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
“ ask about 'dancing maharaja' in japan..! He is a superstar there too.. ” - itsmani87
Mullum Malarum (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A boorish villager butts heads with a newly appointed engineer from the city. (143 mins.)
Director: J. Mahendran
“ Sarath Babu, Rajni, Shobhana all gave some memorable performances in this movie..It's simple and pleasant one. ” - itsmani87
Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Aarilirunthu Aruvathu varai, Revolves around Santhanam(Rajnikanth) who solely runs his poor family of 2 brothers and a sister...
Director: S.P. Muthuraman
“ Rajini was an actor initially, before he became superstar!! A PROOF . ” - itsmani87
Mozhi (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A musician's love towards a stubborn deaf woman makes her eventually realize that there is more to her life than she previously thought. (152 mins.)
Director: Radha Mohan
“ Evergreen lovable movie marked by remarkable performances. ” - itsmani87
Neer Paravai (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A heartbreaking love story, set amongst the impoverished Catholic fishing community. Esther (Nandita Das)... (150 mins.)
Director: Seenu Ramasamy
“ Haven't yet seen the movie. But, heard it's a good one!:) ” - itsmani87
Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
It's a village-based theme and revolves around a group of youngsters who want to make it really big in the sport. The events that unfold in their lives form the crux. (145 mins.)
Director: Susindran
“ It's a good movie abt a group of village guys, who from underdogs in a Kabbadi competition, becomes main contenders in unforseen circumstances. Good acting by all the individuals! ” - itsmani87
Parasakthi (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
"Parasakthi" narrates the misfortunes that befall the members of a Tamil family. The youngest sister... (188 mins.)
“ this movie is added because, it marked the beginning acting legend Shivaji Ganesan ” - itsmani87
Ayirathil Oruvan (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Enslaved convicts for treason plan escape but get caught by pirates and work for them before gaining their support and fighting back their country's authoritarian rule. (174 mins.)
“ MGR- the three words, that brought cheer and esctascy to the crowd..the phenomenon that proved cinema can be used as an enterprise to enter into politics, before the times of Roger Moore... He has acted in so many good movies; I haven't seen many of them...This movie is a very good one!! ” - itsmani87
Iruvar (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment. (140 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ A partial fictional biography of the arising of two politicians who dominated the statehood of Tamil Nadu, after Kamraj, Annadurai era! With Maniratnam's classic sign ” - itsmani87
Bombay (1995)
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A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart. (141 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ communal clashes in Bombay between hindu and muslim groups, exploited by some benefitiaries... a love story set in the background, conjoining the two religions..!!

message: every human being is the same, don't blindly follow your leaders...question them when they go wrong!

It's all the way Mani Ratnam, with his favourite cinematographer Rajiv Menon...Music: Rahman ” - itsmani87
Magalir Mattum (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
This Tamil remake of "9 to 5" has three women working in the same office (Revathi, Rohini, Urvashi)... (132 mins.)
“ Revathy, is one of the actresses in tamil cine industry who has worked on some bold movies and had kept her integrity throughout..
She joins hands with Oorvasi, and Rohini, in this laugh riot...!! Nasser, embodies the famous mischievous casanova 'Mookan'...

Note: Revathy is like 'Meryl Streep' of Tamil movies, except there are no proper film makers at present to exploit her talent...She is getting weak characterizations as mother of a hero or heroine... Oorvasi is fun throughout in this movie as well as many others to come.. ” - itsmani87
Avvai Shanmugi (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A comedy drama where a man disguises as a maid to be with his daughter after his wife files for divorce. (161 mins.)
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
“ Call it inspired by Mrs. Doubtfire..But, what a movie..Customization for a lady, showing even in details the shaving off hair in the body, in order to be a proper lady..Actors Kamal, Gemini Ganesan as his father-in-law, K.S.Ravikumar direction, Crazy Mohan dialogues and some good peppy numbers by Musician Deva...Laugh and enjoyable movie ” - itsmani87
Nizhalgal (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A story of three young friends who are unemployed and stricken by poverty finding it hard to make ends meet...
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
“ haven't seen this movie. but added simply for the dialogue writer 'Manivannan'...He has written dialogues for this movie, and lyricist 'Vairamuthu' was born in this movie...'Athu oru pon maalai pozhuthu', is the song which's effervescent as ever till now.. ” - itsmani87
Moondru Mudichu (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The movie revolves around three people, a college going girl (Sridevi) and two men who fall in love with her (Hassan and Rajinikanth)... (131 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
“ How many combinations, do we have in Tamil cinema..?

Actors (Sridevi + Kamal + Rajini) + Director balachander = <default_super>

1970's , 80's were ruled by this combo.. ” - itsmani87
Sathi Leelavathi (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Arun (Ramesh Arvind), bored of his wife's (Leelavathi) looks and weighty appearance, meets Priya and develops an affair with her. But his wife has other plans. (151 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
“ Balu Mahendra, Actor Kamal ...I am not really attributing a euphimism/saga of Kamal movies, but he seems to be the standout among the crowd, with exceptional movies...Here he takes side kick, with a comedian actress 'Kovai Sarala', and allows Ramesh Arvind and Kalpana to take the lead..As 'Kunduz' ('My fat lady' called in tamil by Ramesh Arvind), Kalpana puts different plans to get her husband back from his new found love... ” - itsmani87
Indru Poyi Naalai Vaa (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The film is all about three friends who fall for the same girl, narrated as a comedy. Palanisamy and... (137 mins.)
Director: Bhagyaraj
“ "Ek gaav me ek kissan rahtha tha (raghu thaatha)" - famous comedy dialogue ever in Tamil...3 young men/friends falling for the same lady (actress Radhika)... ” - itsmani87
Imsai Arasan 23 M Pulikesi (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Historical Comedy about a Dravidian Ruler and his family. (142 mins.)
Director: Chimbudeven
“ Vadivelu, the comedian to the core...23rd Pulikesi King and his exploits..! ” - itsmani87
Tik Tik Tik (1981)
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A fashion photographer gets embroiled in a series of grisly murders
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
“ thriller...Director Bharathiraja.. ” - itsmani87
I Have Found It (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments. (151 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Menon
“ "kandukondein kandukondein"- loosely based on Jane Austen's novel involving sisters of a family, is an interesting drama involving four characters- an aspiring director(Ajith), an aspiring singer(Aishwarya Rai), an independent/caring woman(Tabu) who happens to be the aspiring singer's sister (:O) and a physically challenged, imbibed war veteran(Mammooty)..

A good story by famous cinematographer, ad-film maker Rajeev Menon, a very very beautiful Aishwarya Rai and good performances by other main characters.. ” - itsmani87
Unnaipol Oruvan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A common man tries to fight terrorism by making anonymous calls to cops. Will he succeed? (106 mins.)
Director: Chakri Toleti
“ Unnaipol oruvan is a remake of 'A Wednesday' Hindi film...It's gripping story/thriller...Towards climax, the dialogue or reasoning of the protogonist for his actions weren't as crisp/clear as in Hindi cinema, where reasoning was even more proper...!

Anyhow my loving lady Shruti Hasan enters as a Music composer for this film..!! Wish she could do something of this kind than portraying dummy characters in Cinema, which might fetch her money, but not awards and lovable fans like me..!!:P (though public drooling is injurious to health, find her too gorgeous to avoid mentioning it) ” - itsmani87
Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Vimal was sent by his father to do social service in a village. But later, he gets a good job. (123 mins.)
Director: A. Sarkunam
“ I find it very strange, this movie wasn't nominated as India's best foreign film...It should rightfully be a contender for beautiful music and portrayal of rural .. ” - itsmani87
Veyyil (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Story of two brothers told from the perspective of older brother who recalls his childhood memories... (136 mins.)
Director: Vasanthabalan
“ It has gone in Cannes film festival and been screened there by invitation...Haven't seen completely ..! Story of two brothers, one accepted by family and other relegated for some petty reasons ...suffers and longs for his family love..Actor Pasupathy as that one, is one of few raw talents recruited from Indian Pattaa (drama theatre) in rural areas.. ” - itsmani87
Pithamagan (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A boy raised in a cemetery grows up with no social skills, and leads a turbulent life readjusting once he moves out of the cemetery. (139 mins.)
Director: Bala
“ Director Bala is an assistant director of Balu Mahendra had directed some different stories portraying the backward society; the sufferings and their mentality..

He is held in good regards by the Tamil Cine film industry and still openly admitted, liking to work as an assistant to Director Mani Ratnam..Not sure, whether it's 'sarcasm' or open admiration of the director... But, I will tell for this director to go onto the international scene with a gripping story, has to work with Director Mani Ratnam...He is the director for the future..His latest film, 'Paradesi' is way ahead of his earlier films... ” - itsmani87
Kanchivaram (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An aging man named Vengadam (Prakash Raj) is being released from jail in 1948. He is only being escorted... (117 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
“ This a different film by Director Priyadharshan..Kanchivaram explores the early days of how Co-operative society was formed by the Kanchipuram 'pattu' dress weavers...!!

Actor Prakash Raj plays the lead in this film and I watched recently this movie..Want these kind of movies in our cine industry.. ” - itsmani87
Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Kavitha, a young woman, is the sole bread winner for her family. In order to fulfill their dreams and ambitions... (163 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
“ Director Balachandar movies portray women as independent working one shouldering responsibilities unlike other movies at that time..This is one such movie, where protogonist enacted by Sujatha takes care of all the things in family...A trend setter for a few more movies of this genre! ” - itsmani87
Periyar (1973)
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Director: P.J. Anthony
Stars: Thilakan
“ It's not 1973 film, which I am referring to 2006 film, Sathyaraj starrer one..Anyhow both might be good..It's a biography about a person who is an athiest and who brought about a change in Tamil Nadu, with no caste names behind the names, unlike other parts of India, where still Dalits are treated poorly and not allowed to enter temples. ” - itsmani87
Kamaraj (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The film is a biographical sketch of the former Chief Minister of the then Madras State and the All-India... (121 mins.)
Director: A. Balakrishnan
“ It's about a leader, who has been loyal, humble and served people...He died with about 20 Indian rupees at his rented house.. ” - itsmani87
Vedam Puthithu (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Rules are broken in the traditional village society where an upper- caste orphaned boy is brought up by the village Chieftain. (144 mins.)
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
“ It's a movie set in religious backgrounds - inter caste marriage and the society's reactions during the time, when I was born !:P ” - itsmani87
Bharathi (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Based on a true story of a Tamil poet who struggled hard in his life for freedom of india
“ 'Shahaji Shinde'- he acted as the always praised upon and one among respected Poets of Tamil Nadu- Mahakavi Bharathi...!!!

But, it was very much sad to see, he foray into Villanous roles and be much remembered for those.. ” - itsmani87
Aan Paavam (1985)
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An error during an arranged marriage pre-meeting triggers a socially-unaccepted romance.
Director: R. Pandiaraajan
“ Director Pandiraj, assistant of Bhagyaraj directed this comic movie..

Memorable for, some funny dialogues,

Pandiraj: "I will marry you grandma, there are no girls for me!"

His father in the movie, V.K Ramasamy, " Why on the heaven sake, you need to marry my mother??"

Pandiraj: "You can marry my mother...Can't I marry your mother..?"
VK Ramasamy, on question by Pandiraj about his marriage,
"I am planning to make you like Vivekanandar, Vinoba Bhave, Vallalar..."

Pandiraj, " Who said I am like those people..?"

VK Ramasamy, " Are you telling, you are some dumb person?"

Pandiraj, "Yes"

VK Ramasamy, "Waste person..?"

Pandiraj, "Yes"

VK Ramasamy, "Then who will give girls for you..?"

---------------------------------------------------------- ” - itsmani87
Jeans (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Vishu and Ramu are a pair of Indian twins living in America with their father, Rajamani. When Madhumita... (175 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
“ Director Shankar and graphics..! ” - itsmani87
Enthiran (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An android constructed by a scientist falls in love with the bride-to-be of his creator. (155 mins.)
Director: Shankar
“ An amalgamation of Robocop, I-robot, surrogates...But, the main contention is Dialogue writer, 'Sujatha' who has written famous dialogues, and had already envisioned a similar story published in as a novel...This one has Indian aroma attached...

And previously, this story was about to star 'Shah Rukh Khan' and press meet was done for the same..Later due to Director Shankar's previous non-profitable movie 'Boys', actor Rajinikanth cautioned the hindi filmstar to not produce under his filmhouse, 'Red Chillies Entertainment', which included his life-savings....Rajini volunteered for the movie, as he seem himself fit to have a better fanfare across countries..!! (Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, US, UK and ofcourse India)...This movie was dubbed and released in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil...With an aggressive marketing by Sun TV Network, the movie is the highest production capital involved movie in India, with an estimated budget of 150-200 Cr, but had managed to reap in 300 Cr...(the figures might be wrong, but approximately portray the scenario:)

and also it's said, some theatre in Europe, where movies are chosen only based on some stringent criteria of Mass-fanfare had allowed this movie to be screened and a song 'Kilimanjaro', was shot in exotic locations had allowed this movie to be taken and hadn't allowed Casino Royale earlier...

There is a poster in internet, where around 200-300 fans wore Rajini's Robot mask and dressed up like him, during the Japanese version of this film release...It's better than India..!! :)

Note: All stories were compiled by me, which I read as gossips across different columns..So, if some person feels SRK had better fanfare than Rajini, and he would have done an excellent job than Rajini...Pls. have your version, and I am not here to dispute anything..Just my version of stories of Robot the Indian movie... ” - itsmani87
Moondram Pirai (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young woman regresses to childhood after suffering a head injury in a car crash. Lost, she ends up trapped at a brothel before being rescued by a lonely school teacher who falls in love with her. (143 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
“ National award winning movie...Gr8 performances and a good direction !!

If you are unaware of this movie, look for the melody, 'Kanne kalaimane' in web..a gr8 lullaby !:) ” - itsmani87
A Peck on the Cheek (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists. (123 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
Paruthiveeran (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A village tough finally succumbs to the unconditional love of his angelic cousin, but his romance faces insurmountable challenges, including family opposition and his own delinquent personality. (162 mins.)
Director: Ameer Sultan
“ Love story set in rustic rural settings...It's background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja, son of Illayaraja and Direction by Ameer are impeccable..

And here cometh Karthik, Actor Surya's brother to the industry with actress Priyamani transforming as beautiful Muthazhagi ..Both deserved national accolades, unfortunate the later bagged!! ” - itsmani87
Aaranya Kaandum (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Sasikumar
“ It's 2012 movie, 'Aaaranyaa Kaandam'..Unable to find, hence added this one..That films has gone for many International film festivals and is a different story with different characters.. ” - itsmani87
Neram (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Can a young man escape from the clutches of a loan shark on time? (117 mins.)
“ There is bad time and there is good time...But everything boils to the deeds and actions of individuals!! That's the theme of this movie..It's a kind of comedy and drama .. ” - itsmani87
Thevar Magan (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
“ 'Kamal Hasan', 'Shivaji Ganesan' and 'Nasser', play three different characters in movie..the story revolves around these three characters.. ” - itsmani87
Deiva Magan (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Story is about a Father and His Sons . Triple roles portrayed By Sivaji Ganesan. Where One Son who was... (166 mins.)
“ This movie was India's nomination to the Oscars and said to have travelled till the final round..It has exceptional acting by Shavallier Shivaji Ganesan..

I saw a hint of this actor in Al Pacino, ' The Scent of a Woman'!! I am proud, if he had inspired.. ” - itsmani87
Deiva Thirumagal (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man with disabilities fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his opponent lawyer the value of love and family. (162 mins.)
Director: Vijay
“ An exceptional inspired movie of 'I am Sam'.. ” - itsmani87
Hindustani (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Senapathy, a veteran freedom fighter, is angry. He is angry about the rampant corruption at every level of the bureaucracy. He will clean it up at any cost. (185 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
“ Hindustani...Look out for differentiation shown by Kamal and corresponding makeup for the father and son, Dialogues Sujatha, Good Graphics, Music score Rahman.. ” - itsmani87
Mankatha (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A ruthless cop plays a game to save an amount of 500 crore from a corrupt politician and some local gangs (155 mins.)
Director: Venkat Prabhu
“ This movie is a blockbuster movie in Tamil Film Industry and when I watched, I was of the opinion, 'What the hell is this movie is all about..?'...But later call it, 'influential friends', liked the songs initially, then liked some elements of film making and then the whole movie...

The actor Ajith comes in Salt and Pepper hairstyle, he is smart and he is calld 'George Clooney' of Tamil Nadu; he does everything which is bad; 'Smoke', 'Drink', 'Betrayal', 'Casual, but not explicitly shown Hollywood kind of sex', 'Kill', yet he rules...

Watch it for him, if yu start liking his style, actions, yu will like this game of cards from Tamil Nadu like 'Nine Queens'..!! ” - itsmani87
Punnagai (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(130 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
“ Yet to see this movie..But I have seen a friend recommending this movie...!! It's KB sir's movie...If I am right, it should be about a group of friends after they graduate frm their lives move on... ” - itsmani87
Thuppakki (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An army captain is on a mission to track down and destroy a terrorist gang and deactivate the sleeper cells under its command. (165 mins.)
Director: A.R. Murugadoss
“ Vijay has a mass following...This movie proved it..

In Tamil film industry, actors are measured by number of fan following. There are many fan clubs across different districts and areas...

Now a days, the actors have either completely dislodged the clubs or made it as welfare clubs on behalf of the actor..

Anyhow, this actor has many clubs and such number of fan following that, after 4 or 5 continuous pathetic stories and lean patch, this movie preceeded by 'Nanban', 'Kaavalan' all got good reception...

This movie is racy, cinematography is awesome(Santhosh Sivan)..This movie is directed by A.R.Murugadoss ..

There are few cons in this movie; I didn't like certain scenes and story points- regular initial intro song for a hero (cliche), using his sister as a bait for catching the terrorists and having the belief in a dog smelling power in big city suburb like Mumbai in order to catch the terrorists, not thinking for a moment all are wearing black dress in common; getting it to realize pretty late, and finally when the main terrorist asks to park his vehicle across different places- not thinking what could be inside when there have been already some bomb explosions in the city and finally showing as if the interior defense ministry's secretary itself as part of terror group is pathetic..!!

Someone could ask, why on the hell this movie was kept in this list; it's because 7/10 people from my state disagree with my viewpoint and they want this movie in this list! ” - itsmani87
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young boy tries to impress a young girl hardly and he too succeeds in it. But there lies the twist, because of a single phone call. (166 mins.)
Director: M. Rajesh
“ The comedian 'Santhanam' is a welcome addition to Tamil cine industry...This movie simply ran because of Santhanam's slapstick oneliners and comedy..!! Adding this for him..:) ” - itsmani87
Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two brothers separated at birth meet as adults and settle old scores. (157 mins.)
“ I am tired of speaking of this man..pls. browse for pics and story about this man and the crew !! pc shriram cinematographer fr many Mani ratnam's movie is also the cinematographer for this one.. ” - itsmani87
Chennaiyil Oru Naal (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In Chennai, a brain dead accident victim's organs were rushed by road from Chennai to Vellore (170 km). (117 mins.)
Director: Shaheed Kader
“ ok movie, which my parents liked..!! It's a hit movie in Malayalam.. ” - itsmani87
Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A happily married man faces an emotional conflict, when his past lover comes back into his life. (175 mins.)
Director: N. Krishna
“ Wow, real life couple Surya, Jyothika paired just before their marriage...A.R.Rahman musical..Some background voices of Shreya Ghoshal, Unni Krishnan mesmerises...

Haah the kid, she enthralls with her vivaciousness even though its for a short time.. ” - itsmani87
Pushpak (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A silent movie about an unemployed young man. (125 mins.)
“ 'Pesum Padam'- it's a good movie which could mean, 'Talking Movie', 'Movie that will be talked', 'Movie that conveys message'. Since it's a movie with one or two dialogues, only the last two meanings hold true... ” - itsmani87
New (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
It is the Tamil remake of 'Big'. SJ Suryah is a young man with an immature mind. He falls in love with Simran and gets married to her. The troubles that they encounter form the story. (200 mins.)
Director: Surya S.J.
“ I laughed at moments in this movie, when I was in theatre..Has intrinsic/intended double entendre...

S.J.Suryah one of good film makers, who failed badly after few hits... ” - itsmani87
Kappalottiya Thamizhan (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The film is based on the biography of V.O.Chidambaram Pillai written by Ma. Po. Si.(M.P.Sivagnanam). V. O. C , founded the Swadeshi Stream Navigation Company to break the monopoly of the British over maritime trade out of India. (197 mins.)
“ Shivaji and the real life character...It's a realistic portrayal of some freedom fighters from the state..'Raajbhat Thangadurai' is not in the IMDB list...if there, i could add in this good tamil movie's also Shivaji Ganesan's acting... ” - itsmani87
Samsaram Athu Minsaram (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(145 mins.)
Director: Visu
“ Director Visu is a household name, who has produced some good family melodramas...this is one such's a tribute to him..looking forward for a good list collection from this director, like Manal Kayiru, which is not listed.. ” - itsmani87
Thillana Mohanambal (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Love between a Danseuse and a Musician brought under attack from various sources. will their love survive,amidst treachery and competition? (175 mins.)
Director: A.P. Nagarajan
“ Music, M.N.Nambiar, Shivaji acting, Padmini dance are standouts.. ” - itsmani87
Navagraham (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: K. Balachander
“ Shivaji in nine different roles.........!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):) ” - itsmani87
Dasavatharam (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American bio-technologist must race against time and heavy odds to retrieve a deadly chemical in a vial. (189 mins.)
Director: K.S. Ravi Kumar
“ Kamal tried to emulate the previous record of 9 by Shivaji Ganesan, by acting in 10 different roles..The visual effects supervisor Mr.Brian Jennings(, who has been nominated for an Oscar had called it impossible...Yet, it was a good work by the team !! Trying do everything within a constrainable budget...It's a good movie, overall, not great and story, not like Cloud Atlas ~confusing viewers...(my personal opinion, without reading a hint did watch this movie)!! ” - itsmani87
Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Misogynist's attitude towards women and love starts to change after he develops feelings for a woman.
Director: Ameer Sultan
“ Its a suspenseful love story, with few rib tickling comedies..!!

The hero(actor Surya) advising his friends against marriage and everyone fearing his intervention, might cause the loss of love or loved ones turning against them, are the main elements, which bring a curve called, 'smile' across face... ” - itsmani87
Nammavar (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A new professor cleans up a crime-ridden college (178 mins.)
“ Kamal ji as a lecturer in college...It's an inspiration might be from a hollywood movie, yet it's modified and suited to be realistic and relatable to the local audience..! ” - itsmani87
Padaiyappa (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The death of Padaiyappa's father destroys his family. But his luck changes, and he is able to lead a prosperous life, until his nemesis plots to ruin his happiness once more. (181 mins.)
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
“ It's a mass entertainer by Rajini- K.S Ravikumar combo..!! Looking for style, Rajini punch dialogues..? Watch this one, against a lady goon (portrayed by actress Ramyakrishnan) ” - itsmani87
Veedu (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A dramatic-story depicting the difficulties of a lower middle class family trying to build a new house. (110 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
“ national award winning movie...have seen only in parts..! will be good if someone adds, 'sasanam' and other movies of this kind ( like a drama where a boy gets infatuated to a girl ten years elder- not sure of the movie name, but it's national award winning one)...I will add it to my list..

also needed are raajbha thangadhurai, manal kayiru, yaar, these kind of movies.. ” - itsmani87
Alai Payuthey (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be. (156 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ After Revathy, it's actress Shalini who suited Maniratnam's kind of movies..Unfortunately she got married, and this was the only collobration with the director...Notworthy is Actor Madhavan making his first mark in the film industry with this movie..

Musical by AR Rahman (dot) ” - itsmani87
Vetri Vizha (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An amnesiac trying to put his life back together is increasingly suspicious of his own past.
“ The only Bourne movie from the Tamil film industry...Good music score by Illayaraja!! ” - itsmani87
Anbe Sivam (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate. (160 mins.)
Director: Sundar C.
“ whoever has written this story, has brought out a true character of mankind...Kamal with his prodiguous student Madhavan !! ” - itsmani87
Nala Damayanthi (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Indian version of Depardieu's "Green Card". (122 mins.)
Director: Mouli
“ 1922 a film came with the same title!! Refurbished material are great still...It's not that kind , just the title has been brought to lights..content everything is different.. ” - itsmani87
Mouna Ragam (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Divya, a woman grieving over the death of her lover, is convinced into an arranged marriage with Chandra Kumar. Over a year the couple attempt to adjust to each other's presence and live with each other. (146 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Actress Revathy, Actor Mohan plays wife/husband and how the past life of an individual makes thing difficult in the relationship.. ” - itsmani87
Nilagiri Express (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A CID officer investigate the peculiar murder case of a rich man. (133 mins.)
Director: Thirumalai
“ James bond of Tamil cinema- actor Jai Shankar, acted in so many thrillers, investigations...

Not sure, if this movie is an adaptation of any agatha christie kind of novels/english movies, but it's good.. ” - itsmani87
Athey Kangal (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Susi's family is stalked by a vengeful killer. During an attempt to save Susi from this madman, her boyfriend, Baskar, gets a good look at the attacker's eyes. Using this as a clue Baskar attempts to find the person haunting Susi's family. (180 mins.)
“ a rare sherlockian thriller for tamil audiences..!!:) ” - itsmani87
Yaavarum Nalam (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A story of a family which has a demon possessed TV, which shows the future happenings of the family through a serial named 'Yaavarum Nalam' (138 mins.)
Director: Vikram K. Kumar
“ a horror, scifi, thriller! ;) all fit to a certain extent... ” - itsmani87
Snegithiye (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After the passing away of her parents in an automobile accident, Radhika moves in to live with her aunt... (154 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
“ a suspense against a completely woman background; with every main character in the movie being woman! A different movie with good bg score.. ” - itsmani87
Nanban (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
10 years after finishing college, two best friends and their enemy go on a search for their third friend, while finding out some truths along the way. (188 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
“ 3 idiot's tamil is ok...a nice tamil version of the original! ” - itsmani87
Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A singer (Bharathi) who is tricked into marriage by his mother-in-law, his wife (Gowri )is enormously possessive about his fame and his female fans...
Director: K. Balachander
“ Personal life of a singer, who is a most sought after celebrity..!! It's a good movie by K.Balachandar sir (KB sir).. ” - itsmani87
“ The story about a village side college...Everyone would have been apt in their roles..!! It has a different end... ” - itsmani87
Mudhalvan (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue. (169 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
“ Tamil version of Frost vs Nixon, long before it was materialized, except only the concept was materialized into something bigger; the interviewer entering politics!!! ” - itsmani87
Server Sundaram (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A poor server at a restaurant goes on to become a film actor so that he can afford to marry the woman he loves... (165 mins.)
“ A hotel server lands up as a successful hero, but will he be able to live that life, without his lady love..? ” - itsmani87
Bhama Vijayam (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A comedy of errors involving a patriarch, his 3 sons and their respective wives. Their mundane lives... (175 mins.)
“ A story about a joint family in 1960's, when a celebrity comes up nearer to home! ” - itsmani87
“ watch out for a song, 'muthumani rathinangalum' which is too is a good one, with some melodies by Maestro Illayaraja .. ” - itsmani87
Aahaa (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Suresh Krishna
“ 'Uthavakara' - 'hey useless fellow' is how the hero's father addresses him throughout and in a funny way, the hero has to get rid of the tag, in order to settle down in his life...It's again a story of a joint family.. ” - itsmani87
English Vinglish (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English. (134 mins.)
Director: Gauri Shinde
“ The movie got released in Hindi, Tamil version..It's the movie inspiration of 'Mind Your Language' series..Good one for some good acting by Actress Shridevi and the crew.. ” - itsmani87
Ooty Varai Uravu (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Ravi, the only son of Vedachalam (Baliah), has traveled on business. Returning home, he meets a young...
Director: C.V. Sridhar
“ A comedy movie, with some good excellent acting by Balayya, Shivaji Ganesan and Muthuraman. ” - itsmani87
Bale Pandiya (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Bale Pandiya (Sivaji Ganesan) is a young man who leads a troubled life. He is continuously being chased by Marudhu (also Sivaji Ganesan)... (156 mins.)
“ Shivaji in 3 different roles...MR Radha, the famous character artist in his time in 2 different roles!! Comic confusions.. ” - itsmani87
Palum Pazhamum (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: A. Bhimsingh
“ Have seen it in childhood...It's highly regarded film by the elderly group (all perusu's) .. ” - itsmani87