It is the auspicious time of the year for all the love-doves. With the V-day around the corner, love is in the air; in Kollywood, love has always been in the air, through all the seasons. Since the very beginning in the last century, Tamil cinema has always worshiped love and romance, and almost all movies revolve around this basic yet fundamental emotion. In the last five decades, the Woods has seen a roller coaster of this rapture, and every possible angle and practicality of love has been analyzed and subsumed in under four hours' time frame. Here is a list of timeless classics:
In the age when love was considered a matter of severe offence, came the first classic, that even present day can relate to. Although most of the success of the movie is attributed to the ace actors Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini in the lead, it also had a solid story. It is a typical portrayal of how egos clash and once that is out of the way, love blooms. Both the leads, enacting veteran artistes in the movie, initially have a disregard for one another, owing to the ego of pride and fame in their respective fields. This, however, does not curtail them from appreciating the other's expertise, as they evolve from silent observers, to ardent fans to sincere lovers. Though the heroine's mother is greedy for money and hence disapproves her daughter's love affair, after a series of testing actions by the supposed villain, she warms up to hand her daughter over to the love of her life.
Can love happen twice? Sure, it can. And this movie was a path breaker in that respect. Post the tragic failure of a sincere love, one (nephew) succumbs to it, while another (uncle) inspires people. Both the roles done by our dear Ulaga Nayagan, is nothing but an extra bout of icing on the cake. After the death of his better half, in a suicide attempt, Sethu almost loses hope in life. Rest of the story revolves around how an equally distraught man puts Sethu back on track, who even finds the second love of his life later on. Though the movie ended tragically, it carried a valid message. Love is beyond past, future, history, sorrow, background and age. Love, is just love.
This one is a Balumahendra evergreen. A different angle to love was deeply evaluated in this movie. Yet another classic starring Kamal Hassan and the beautiful Sridevi, like we know, this dealt with the concept of love that is beyond attraction, infatuation or lust. This wasn't even puppy love, nor was it pity. It was the story of the hero falling in love with a beautiful young lady, who unfortunately has selective amnesia, owing to an accident. The story revolves around how he takes care of the heroine, who had escaped the safe quarters of kith and kin, and eventually shares an inexpressible bond with her. Later when she recovers from her ailment, she fails to as much as even recognize him - a sad ending to a sincere love.
Love has no agenda; it simply sparks and strikes the target, which goes on to leave a deeply etched mark in a person's life. This movie is a verdict of the statement. Just the traditional way, love blooms between Divya (Revathi) and Manohar (Karthik) after the initial riff-raff due to misunderstanding. When everything seems to go fine, owing to Manohar's past in illegal activities, despite his decision to change his path of life, he dies in an accidental shoot out on the day of marriage, right in front of Divya, at the registrar's office. Unaware of this, and the traditional rules of family, she gets married off to Chandrakumar (Mohan), who turns out to be a highly understanding better half. Although he is ready to let go of her past, she is not willing to share her life with him. The story unfolds the beautiful sequence when she gradually understands his love for her, as they unite in the happy ending.
From the very title, to the climax, this movie is a stellar piece in the moviedom. Turning out to be a path breaking flick for Ilayathalapathy Vijay, the movie highlights the tangible problems that may arise due to difference in backgrounds of the concerned families. What begins as a harmless, butterflies-in-stomach love, evolves into a riotous fight and action between the hero and heroine's family, owing to cultural difference. Amidst all the misunderstanding, the movie highlights the importance of the families' approval of their love, and their maturity in waiting for the judgment, while not giving up on each other. This movie set to be an inspiration for many of the successful love stories of the present day.
Boy meets girl, they fall head over heels in love, families disagree, yet they finally manage to join hands. What next? Probably the first, and by far the clearest, movie of this kind, this is surely a Manirathnam best. Some of the dialogues and music is still the anthem to many lovers of the present day, although the movie is more than a decade old. The thrill of love has been explained in the first half, just as detailed as how the pain of responsibility is highlighted in the second half. This movie clearly portrayed that love before marriage shall not be equal to love after marriage, for there are many more responsibilities later. Analyzed practically, and shot perfectly, this movie is certainly a timeless classic.
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