Gautham Vasudev Menonâ€™s very real, very true-to-life, very messy romance is yet another effort, this year, that pushes the envelope far beyond the realms of â€œsafeâ€ commercial cinema.
MAR 7, 2010 â€“ WHAT A YEAR THIS IS TURNING OUT to be for Tamil cinema! Forget good films or perfect films or successful films or films that will be claimed as classics by aliens roaming the planet after humankind has become extinct â€“ Iâ€™m simply referring to the unfettered ambition that has been leaping off our screens ever since the new decade dawned. Recent releases like Goa and Thamizh Padam and Porkalam have, in their own distinct ways, helped demolish the long-nurtured myth that the Tamil audience is toweringly traditional â€“ with hair well-oiled and plaited and beribboned and festooned with fragrant garlands of jasmine â€“ and that spoofs and same-sex couples are never going to be tolerated. Industry wisdom was that you could veer into the offbeat, but only if the milieu was rural â€“ and so for a while, the only truly interesting stories revolved around sickle-wielding small-town heroes. But even if itâ€™s too soon to single out a viable movement of any serious value, it appears, now, that edgy urban narratives arenâ€˜t without their assortment of admirers.