The 10 best Tamil movies of 2005.
A truly detestable bad guy and a likeable lead
pair made this romantic thriller quite
entertaining. Prithviraj played a vicious loan
shark who made the lives of Srikanth and Gopika
quite miserable and the movie had an intelligent
third act where Srikanth had his revenge.
maintained a good pace but showed an
inexplicable tendency for crudeness at some
This character-based movie was a relief among
movies that relied on heroism, glamour and
violence. Meera Jasmine made an impression in an
author-backed role of a girl who sacrifices a
lot to make her lover Prasanna succeed in life.
The down-to-earth story was just a bit too loud.
Jeeva's film was a nice mix of friendship,
romance and sentiments as he focused on the
relations between five friends in college.
Believable characters and realistic situations
captured the essence of college life quite well.
Having Asin and Arya, two actors making their
debuts here but already popular due to other
movies released earlier, helped out too.
Fazil's Manichithrathazhu was nicely
modified to suit Rajnikanth, who for his part
gave up his cigarette-smoking and punchlines to
play the role of a psychiatrist. The suspenseful
story, funny comedy, good music and a terrific
climax(with Rajni enjoying himself as a ruthless
king) made this Tamil cinema's biggest hit ever.
Jyothika went a little over-the-top sometimes
but her hard work in the climax was laudable.
An interesting concept, of how a patient with
short-term memory of only 15 minutes goes about
finding the guys who killed his wife, was wasted
in the film after an intriguing start. But the
delightful romance between Surya and Asin almost
made up for it. Surya played a suave businessman
as well as he played the patient and Asin stole
After the disastrous Boys, Shankar
returned to his favorite vigilante theme, spiced
up with multiple personality disorder. Some
glaring holes in logic were covered up with the
director's trademark fast pacing and elaborate
staging of sequences. Vikram differentiated well
between three characters and dazzled us in
scenes where he had to switch between them.
An emotional film that maturely handled the
rather unique subject of sibling jealousy. The
underlying sense of optimism and the focus on
positive feelings made the film touching rather
than manipulative inspite of the tragedy that
drove it. Ashwin gave a strong performance and
carried the film on his shoulders.
A memorable protagonist added a unique touch and
made the otherwise-good murder mystery even
better. Ameer maintained the pace successfully
after a roaring start and managed to add comedy
deftly into the mix with the help of one
character. Yuvan delivered the best soundtrack
of the year and the cinematography was
Cheran's heartfelt ode to a father's love was
emotional and touching but very uplifting.
Down-to-earth and realistic, he took us down
memory lane with an accurate portrayal of life
without unnecessary sentiments or melodrama. The
segment where Rajkiran and Saranya enjoy the
sunset years of their lives was truly
exhilarating. Rajkiran was phenomenal as the
A stunningly realistic film that did the
near-impossible job of making us forget that it
was a movie. It showed that love is not the bed
of roses that is usually shown in the movies and
we were with the young lead pair as they were
hit with a dose of the real world. The realism
led to some breathlessly tense sequences. The
cast was effortlessly natural and debutant music
director Joshua Sridhar helped with some
youthful, catchy tunes.