Love story with an exciting twist – what better combination can a viewer ask for! Romantic thrillers offer a great dose of entertainment to moviegoers. The element of romance takes you to a fantasy land where everything appears to be lovey-dovey. On the other hand, the thrill factor keeps you on the edge of your seats. You can’t wait to watch what’s coming up next. Films made in this genre are thus the most anticipated ones. But only a few of them stand out – those that we want to watch again and again. Viewers of Tamil cinema have been treated to many such outstanding movies.
For instance, Vazhakku Enn 18/9, released in 2012, carefully dealt with modern-day relationships. A teenage romance, an MMS scandal, an acid attack – this critically acclaimed movie had it all. It was heartbreaking to see the innocent love-birds suffer due to someone else’s criminal acts. Written and directed by Balaji Sakthivel, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 was indeed an honest piece of work. There’s a reason for it being adjudged the best film at all award functions that year.
Then came director S. Shankar’s riveting drama I. This 2015-release showed the story of a bodybuilder-turned-supermodel. His blooming career and love life come to a standstill after he suffers from premature ageing. Vikram does full justice to his performance as the protagonist with a hunchback. Does he re-unite with the love of his life? How does he fight his enemies despite his medical condition? Well, that’s where this revenge-drama gets exciting with every subsequent scene.
Yazh, released in 2017 won everyone’s hearts for several reasons. It is perhaps the only movie in recent times which is based on the Sri Lankan Tamils. It’s interesting to hear the actors speak colloquial Eelam Tamil. The movie depicts interwoven stories set in the backdrop of the recurrent ethnic war in Sri Lanka. It revolves around the struggles of three couples who are torn apart by the war. The highlight of the movie is its non-linear narrative – it keeps the audience engaged all through!
Over the years, the viewers have raised their expectations manifold. They no longer get fascinated by simple stories of love and betrayal. Interestingly, the recently released Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum has a different take on love altogether. The sweet love story of an over-possessive boy and a practical girl starts turning bitter. The girl has had enough of their abusive relationship. She takes a strong step and things get complicated thereafter. It’s intriguing to see how her decision affects their lives.