Year 2016 in Tamil cinema

This was also a year of sequels. Even films you’d never have imagined would get a sequel, or wanted one for, got them.

A letter to Suraj

I’ve long suspected that ‘glamour’ is often used in the industry as a euphemism to commodify heroines. It appears to be used to persuade them into believing in the ‘commercial’ film system, as you put it; into believing that skin-show is an essential part of the system, of telling such stories.

La La Land: The stuff of dreams

La La Land shows how songs can make for deeply satisfying exploratory adventures into the characters’ subconscious. It shows how such musical exaggerations can be beautifully escapist.