Tamil cinema bought a significant fillip at the latest 68th National Film Awards, the place it bagged high honours. While Soorarai Pottru hogged the limelight with a number of accolades, together with in the ‘Best Actor and Actress’ classes, different movies comparable to Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum and Mandela additionally fetched their groups honour and acclaim. The picks showcase the sheer selection Tamil cinema has provided to viewers in latest instances. While Sudha Kongara’s Soorarai Pottru — starring Suriya and impressed by the life and instances of Air Deccan founder Captain G.R. Gopinath — revolves round a person’s want to succeed and make even the widespread man fly, Vasanth’s Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum is a strong anthology delving into the minds of girls throughout three time intervals. Madonne Ashwin’s Mandela is at one other degree: a formidable political satire that showcases how deep-seated caste is in the wider society.
The most heartening facet is that this nationwide acclaim has occurred regardless of these movies being launched throughout a tumultuous part for the movie trade — COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdowns. This was acknowledged by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, who stated that though 2020 had been a very tough yr for movies, the nominations comprised nice works. It proves that OTT or theatrical, high quality content material will stand out. That these three necessary and related movies have been chosen for high nationwide honours not solely offers Tamil cinema delight of place but additionally encourages aspiring and established film-makers to discover topics which have hardly ever been taken up. But how necessary are the nationwide awards? While they don’t outline or result in success at all instances, they do put the highlight on underrated gems that may have in any other case been ignored. Mandela, for example, is a basic case: starring Yogi Babu, primarily identified for his comedian abilities, this satire that additionally spoke about vote financial institution politics, streamed immediately on tv and subsequently on an OTT platform, when the world was battling the pandemic. This honour for Mandela — in the ‘Dialogue Writer’ and ‘Debut Film of a Director’ class — would possibly nicely be life-changing for its workforce, giving them the impetus to work on extra important and impactful cinematic materials. With a number of launch mechanisms opening up due to the creation of OTT platforms, the future seems to be brilliant for film-makers and actors attempting to discover totally different elements of storytelling. But important acclaim alone is just not sufficient to drive the trade ahead; industrial viability and box-office collections matter too. This is the stability that each movie trade ought to attempt for.