With a new year comes renewed hope and expectations. With a fresh cascade of exciting new releases set to hit theatres in 2018, we thought it best to compile our list of the upcoming movies, stars and directors which we’re looking forward to most.
2017 was the year of the low budget, high concept movie triumphing over big-budget commercial vehicles with titles such as ‘Maanagaram’, ‘Vikram Vedha’ and ‘Aruvi’ stealing the spotlight from masala contenders such as ‘Bairavaa’, ‘Spyder’, ‘Vivegam’, ‘Singam 3’ and ‘VIP 2’ (with the exception of Vijay’s Diwali blockbuster ‘Mersal’). The resounding message from audiences was clear – they are willing to spend their time and money only if the content impresses them. Only having a big star with the same old repeated storylines won’t suffice. So the question remains whether the year ahead will stand by these lessons.
So, in no specific order, here’s our list of the most anticipated Tamil movies of 2018 – those which we believe most Tamil movie buffs are looking forward to most. Our list excludes Pongal releases and the projects which are at a very nascent stage as of now such as ‘Thaana Serndha Kootam‘ and ‘Sketch‘.
1) Ennai Nokki Paayum Thotta
The coming together of acting powerhouse Dhanush under the direction of one our finest filmmakers, Gautam Vasudev Menon, is enough of a reason to be eagerly awaiting this one. With GVM opting for an innovative marketing strategy having released two singles ‘Maruvarthai’ and ‘Naan Pizhipenno’ well in advance while initially refusing to reveal the music director, calling him Mr X – later revealing it was, in fact, Darabuka Siva. So all in all the movie looks promising with a new, fresh team coming together. One can hope for the typical GVM class.
2) Dhruva Natchathiram
A passion project from Gautam Vasudev Menon’s with is set to release sometime in 2018. The film was marred by controversy when it was initially offered to Suriya and he declined it stating creative differences and issues with the script leading to a temporary breakdown in his relationship with GVM. However, with Dhruva Natchathiram’s teaser it’s clear that the director in GVM is coming back with a bang. With a very stylish and classy looking Chiyaan Vikram in a role of a spy/agent, we can expect high voltage action romance. Add to that the film sees Harris Jeyaraj reuniting with GVM, ensuring that this one is sure to be a musical treat. Shot extensively in New York, Turkey and New Delhi one can only hope that there is enough substance in this movie’s script which can see a return of Vikram the actor( ‘I’ was a disaster, especially for the efforts he put in for the role) and re-establish GVM as a director.
3) Sandakozhi 2
Sandakozhi, which released way back in 2005 was a game changer for it’s lead star Vishal and director N.Linguswamy. The tightly packed, fast-paced action drama established Linguswamy as a competent commercial movie director. It also gave Vishal his biggest break as an actor and boasted of some fabulous music and background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Put simply, Sandakozhi was Linguswamy’s finest work till date. Post the setbacks he suffered with ‘Uttama Villan’ and ‘Anjaan’ failing to bring in the expected returns, it is indeed a relief and a sign of hope that he is back with the sequel of his biggest hit. With new additions like Keerthy Suresh and D.Imman as the music director, the audiences can hope for the return of Linguswamy and hopefully a movie as good as the original. Scheduled for a Tamil New Year’s release, it sure to be a festival treat and definitely worth waiting for.
4) Enthiran 2.0
With every movie, Shankar pushes the envelope and raises the bar higher when it comes to imagination and spectacle. One must credit his vision for thinking of a concept like Enthiran which was a perfect mix of computer graphics and Super Star Rajnikanth’s style and acting. The sequel to Enthiran, 2.0 is touted to be one of the most expensive Indian movies ever made, even surpassing the cost of Baahubali Series. With Chitti the Robot reprising his role from the first part, and the inclusion of the ever consistent Akshay Kumar in the sequel, Shankar sure knows how to keep audiences raging with excitement. What’s more with Super Star Rajinikanth announcing his political entry recently, 2.0 and ‘Kaala’ directed by P.A Ranjith could well be the last time we can see Rajini on screen, making this an unmissable cinematic event.
Anyone who’s seen ‘Dhruvangal Pathinaaru’, knows that director Karthick Naren is someone to look forward to. He proved his finesse with constructing an intricate plot around a small incident in that film and we can’t wait to see what he does next. It’s just so refreshing to see new age directors give so much importance to screenplay and story over stardom. Produced by GVM, this, like his debut movie, promises to be high on content and suspense and we can’t wait to see what he delivers.
One of the most interesting filmmakers of the last decade, who has carved his own space in the industry with some wild, imaginative and progressive thinking, Karthik Subbaraj is coming up with his next movie ‘Mercury’, a silent thriller movie. Very rarely do we see silent thrillers being made in Kollywood, so much like Subbaraj’s earlier films, this looks to be something unique and refreshing. Known for his progressive writing and sheer brilliance of his characters, Subbaraj is definetly one of the finest filmmakers in Tamil cinema currently.
A crime thriller directed by Bala starring Jyothika and GV Prakash Kumar in lead roles, Naachiyar certainly looks promising. After her return to acting with ’36 Vaayanthile’ and ‘Magalir Mattum’, Jyothika is proving that she’s here to stay. Bala’s treatment of tragic stories is particularly interesting as he proved with his last two movies ‘ Paradesi’ and ‘Thara Thapattai’. Not to mention how he shapes and molds actors and brings to light talent few knew they had.Without him, stars like Vikram, Suriya and Aarya wouldn’t be who they are now which says it all. If Bala’s movie is even 50% as good as the teaser then it would definitely see the return of the veteran filmmaker deliver a hard-hitting movie in his usual traditional style.
Here’s a list of movies which are untitled or which we know very little of but still are highly anticipated:
Mani Ratnam’ s next– Starring Jyothika, Arvind Swamy, Fahad Faasil, Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Prakash Raj and Aishwariya Rajesh, rumoured to be a gangster movie, but little else is known about it at this stage. What we do know is it features music by AR Rahman and cinematography by Santosh Shivan, and we can’t wait for it.
Suriya 36– After impressing fans and critics alike with the clean family entairtainer “Thaana Serndha Kootam”, Suriya’s next directed by Selvaraghavan with music by Yuvan Shankar Raja starring Sai Pallavi of ‘Premam’ fame, promises to be a landmark movie in Suriya’s career.
Kaala– P.A Ranjith’s next after ‘Kabali’ starring Super Star Rajini as a local don in the slums of Mumbai promises to be a treat for Rajini devotees. Need I say more?
Illayathalapathy 62- Vijay reunites with his ‘Thupakki‘ and ‘Katthi’ director A.R Murgadoss with a film aimed to address strong social issues once again features the music from Mozart of Madras A R Rahman.