It appears that the age of realistic films has begun in Tamil films in right earnest. After films like Kaadhal, Paruthiveeran, Tenmerku Paruvakkatru and Mynaa and the recently released Vazakku Enn 18/9, here comes another film which seeks to portray another facet of the realistic cinema-making.
Such films release almost in obscurity with no pre-release hype or expectations. As days roll on, the talk about the film spreads through ‘word-of-mouth’ and through positive criticisms in the media. Debutant director Thangasamy’s Rattinam appears to be the next one in the spate of realistic films following close on the heels of Vazakku Enn 18/9.
The recently held audio-launch of Rattinam saw many noted directors appreciating the debutant for the way in which the film has been made. Gautham Menon described the film as another Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya set in Tuticorin.
Thangasamy’s portrayal of a realistic romantic story in the backdrop of the port city has received widespread appreciation. The film, though, has an entire cast of newcomers including its music director and cinematographer.
Talking about his film on the eve of its release, Thangasamy says “The human is an engine; it never stays fixed in a place and keeps on wavering. Like a rattinam (swing), it keeps on osciallating from one extreme to the other which I have attempted to portray to the best of my abilities.”
Looks like he’s got a hit film on his hands!