Baahubali: The Beginning
In Bollywood, on an average day, more films are produced than Hollywood. Approximately 1000 films from Bollywood hit theatres across India annually, and this is twice the number of films produced in Hollywood. In the midst of it all, the most expensive film ever made, “Baahubali: The Beginning”, is a Tamil film from S. S. Rajamouli. The first of the two films, performed spectacularly in both India, and around the world, and also premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, Golden Horse Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival. The plot of the movie is set in an ancient era, where Sivagami, the Queen, sacrifices her life to save her child. The child is named Shiva (Prabhas), after being saved by local villagers, and he is absurdly strong. Shiva gets dragged into a war over rescuing a Queen, who has been chained in the Malishmati Kingdom for the last 25 years. The film is interesting for the deadly looking chariots, the chip shop atmosphere of good vs. evil, and a story about strength and Tamil battles.
One of the biggest Tamil hits, Naanum Rowdydhaan, is about Pondy (Vijay Sethupathi), a seven-year-old-boy, who gets convinced by criminals to become a thug, in a police station he accompanies his mother to because she is a police officer. When Pondy grows up, he opens a crime shop and participates in enormous crimes. However, when he meets a young maiden, Pondy alters the way he communicates with people, which means that he exchanges punches with soft words. Peppered with scenery in Pondicherry, the movie is a typical Tamil comedy.
Papanasam stars Kamal Hassan in the lead, as Suyambu, the local manager of a national cable television company. Suyambu, needs to go through good days watching classic films, quiz shows and news stories, earning a reputation as a live encyclopaedia. Suyambu also spends his lunchtime providing minute legal advice to fellow people, who shockingly have been harassed by corrupted policemen, and at night he presses the rewind button on romantic movie items, with his wife, Rani. The film is entertaining enough for its domestic plot, but loses the story when Suyambu dedicates enormous effort into saving his family from a privacy intrusion because of a corrupted “law and order” system. From that point onwards the film goes downhill considerably, but grows punchy again when the question of morality and intelligence inherited from television, is raised in the screenplay.