New Wave

Tamil cinema’s double act

Print edition : May 03, 2013

A scene from 'Bala's Paradesi'.

A scene from 'Naan Kadavul'.

From 'Paruthi Veeran'.

From 'Angadi Theru'.

A scene from 'Saattai'.

From 'Mozhi'.

From 'Subramaniapuram'.

A scene from 'Veyil'.

Anbazhagan.

From 'Chithiram Pesuthadi'.

Ameer. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh

Kamal Haasan.

Bala. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Mysskin.

Radha Mohan.

Rajinikanth.

M. Sasikumar.

Vasantha Balan Photo: K. Ananthan

In Tamil cinema, a band of directors has been quietly making films grounded in local realities and away from big-star formulas but working within the commercial paradigm.
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