Jan 01 2018

Happy New Year!

Published by at 10:22 pm under Review,Tamil Cinema

2017 was a middling year for Tamil cinema but that’s a topic for a different post. This post is about looking forward to 2018.

As of now 2018 looks to be an exciting year for Tamil cinema fans. After a long time, we should have multiple movies from our biggest stars Rajni(2.0, Kaala) and Kamal(Vishwaroopam 2, Sabaash Naidu). It goes without saying that all our other stars will also have 1 or more movies. Suriya and Vikram will kick off the year with Thaana Serndha Koottam and Sketch respectively for Pongal and both of them could have another movie hit the screens before the end of the year since Vikram’s Dhruva Natchathiram has been progressing and Suriya has just kickstarted a new  movie with Selvaraghavan. Vijay will be teaming up with Murugadoss while Ajith is once again joining hands with Siva for Viswaasam. It goes without saying that we will see a lot of Vijay Sethupathy since he seems to start a movie every other day(Super Deluxe, Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren, 96, Idam Porul Yaeval and Junga are all movies that have been talked about in the last couple of months) while Dhanush may be just as busy since he has announced that he will be directing his second movie with himself in the lead and has 2 other movies(Ennai Nokki Paayum Thotta and Maari-2) in various stages of progress. Simbhu will probably be the only star not be seen this year since the Manirathnam movie is the only one he has on hand.

Among directors its highly doubtful if Manirathnam will complete his film before the end of the year but as we saw in the previous paragraph, the year will have films from other big names like Shankar, Murugadoss, Gautham Menon and Selvaraghavan. Bala will have Nachiyar, Karthik Subbaraj has been quietly working on Mercury while Rajiv Menon(who is making Sarvam Thaala Maayam with G.V.Prakash) will be back after a rather long break. Personally, I will be most looking forward to Super Deluxe, the long-awaited 2nd movie from Aaranya Kaandam director Thiagarajan Kumararaja.

Though Rajni has 2 films lined up in 2018, its his political moves that will undoubtedly be more keenly followed. He ended years of speculation with an emphatic announcement about his political entry on Dec 31st. His speech, like all his other speeches, was down to earth, idealistic and sincere and has been received well. It remains to be seen whether he has the needed support among the youth and whether he still has the charisma to convert his fan base into votes but he definitely provides a much-needed alternative in TN politics, which has plunged to new depths in recent months.

2018 is definitely going to be exciting. Let’s sit back, relax and enjoy the show(s)…

Wish you all a happy and healthy 2018!

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Prakash Rao says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family, bb.

    I’m most intrigued by Rajiv Menon’s film. Liked MK a little, KK a lot. Loved the music and production values in both. And the long gap has me intrigued. Hopefully worth the wait.

  2. Swapna says:

    Rajini’s entry to politics deserves a separate post!!!! Not a paragraph in the mandatory year end post 😀😀😀.
    Swapna

  3. Sandya says:

    Amen Swapna! 🙏

    You forgot Dhanush’s big trilogy, Vada Chennai with a stellar cast!

    Not a word about tick tick tick Tamil Cinema’s first offering in the Space genre?! Tsk.. Tsk…Tsk.. 🤔

  4. Balaji says:

    Prakash, same here. Liked KK a lot more than MK. Happy to have him back. Surprised by both the gap & his choice of hero :)

    Swapna, the timing made me add it to this post but yes, enough excitement there for multiple separate posts!

    Sandya, I somehow feel Vada Chennai won’t make it to theaters this year. Seems like an epic that’ll take more time. Was thinking mainly of heroes & directors while writing the post and skipped Jayam Ravi. So missed TTT. But definitely excited about the new genre.

  5. Sandya says:

    As of October, 40% of Vada Chennai shoot has been completed! I still have some hope for a late ’18 release, at the very least! 🎉

  6. Susi says:

    Missed velaikaran? why why WHY

  7. Jordan says:

    Happy New Year to you Balaji. If 2017 was the year of newcomers, than 2018 seems to be the year of the biggies. I’m super excited for 2.0, VR 2, Super Deluxe, and ENPT/DN. Hopefully VR 2’s release does not end up with another “I’m leaving the country controversy”, esp since our man is engaging in Tamil Nadu politics right now, and could be up in arms with Rajinikanth. Now that’s what you call cinema creating fireworks in politics.

  8. Sandya says:

    Susi, didn’t notice until you mentioned that Siva and his film(s) we’re visibly missing from the post! Arakka parakka postaa, Balaji?! 😂🤔

  9. Susi says:

    @sandya, yes!

    idhai nangal vanmaiyaga kandikirom!! 😛

  10. Susi says:

    velaikaran review pls