Digitisation in Tamil cinema is in new platform expanding rapidly ever since the re-release of Sivaji Ganesan-starrer Karnan. The latest in the list is Kamal Haasan’s 1989 blockbuster Vetrivizha.
Rajinikanth’s mega hit Baasha, too, was digitalised and released recently. These movies have witnessed massive success in the same way they did when they were first released. The love towards re-releasing old movies has gone up among film freaks who have a list of movies they want to see in digital format.
Mudhal Mariyaadhai (1985)
This 1985 rural epic directed by filmmaker Bharathiraja showed Sivaji Ganesan in a completely never-seen-before angle. Though Sivaji holds the record of pioneering digitisation of cinema through his movie Karnan, now Mudhal Mariyaadhai has raised fans’ expectations. S Kannan, a septuagenarian fan of Sivaji, said, “We have seen our Nadigar Thilagam as a multi-faceted actor. But, when Mudhal Mariyaadhai was released, it was a big treat for us, as we could see him in a role that portrayed a man-next-door. The visuals and music of the flick are the other two things that need to be digitised and experienced.”
Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban (1973)
It is believed to be the first science fiction of Tamil cinema among movie buffs. Featuring the all-time mass hero of Kollywood, M G Ramachandran, in dual role, the plot of this movie deals with a scientist Murugan (MGR) who isolates the energy of lightning and encapsulates it in a bullet which can destroy a huge jungle. The movie is still admired for its grand visuals and the multiple international destinations it was shot in. “If Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban gets released now, I am sure that it will create a new record in collection,” said a fan.
Though Aayirathil Oruvan and Adimaippen of MGR’s have already seen a re-release after digital restoration, there is still craze for Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban. MGR fans also expect his Nadodi Mannan and Enga Veetu Pillai to be released in a digitally enhanced version.
Kadhal Mannan (1998)
This movie gained the mass hero tag for Ajith Kumar, who until then was mostly the sweetheart of girls. “The style Thala had portrayed for this role is a visual treat. It would be nice to see it on big screen now. Both the romance and action portions are mass,” said Venkata Subramaniam, an fan from Nagercoil. There is also big craze for his other movies including Kadhal Kottai, Aasai, Amarkkalam and Dheena.
Poovae Unakaaga (1996)
This is the first blockbuster of Vijay which was loved even by Ajith fans. “Poovae Unakaaga is an evergreen movie that can be watched any number of times without getting bored. Also, the location where the movie was filmed is so green and lovely,” said Sajay, a Vijay fan. Sajay also added that Vijay’s romantic movies of the ’90s like Love Today, Priyamudan and Kadhalukku Mariyaathai can be digitally re-released now.
It was one of the most contemporary films ever made in Tamil cinema and also the first to witness a Rs 1 crore budget margin. This spy thriller of Kamal Haasan was written by Sujatha and fetched positive reception from all centres. If Vikram were to be re-released, it will be one of the most successful remakes. If it is digitally restored, it will be still good, as we happen to see Kamal Haasan in it, said Vibin Chander, a hardcore Kamal fan. Likewise, he also added that many Kamal movies that were not well-received can be digitally restored and released now. Hey Ram takes the first spot in that. Similarly, Anbe Sivam, Alavandhan, Kurudhi Punal and Guna can be digitally restored and released, Vibin added.
Mullum Malarum (1978)
One of the highly acclaimed works of Rajinikanth is Mullum Malarum. This movie was indeed a visual treat for fans, as the cinematography was handled by Balu Mahendra. Rajinikanth, who had his film Baasha released this year in a digitally restored version, has an unimaginable fan following. Though there are a lot of movies in the row of expectations in terms of digital restoration, Mullum Malarum has a special place. “This movie was a success mainly because of our Thalaivar’s performance. In all other movies, he will be in a mass appearance, but in Mullum Malarum, it will be both mass and super acting,” said S K Naresh Kumar, a fan of Rajinikanth from Tiruchi. The other movies of Rajinikanth that have high expectations are Billa, Kaali and Thalapathy.
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Apart from the mass heroes, there are some other movies that are expected to be digitised and released. Of them Pudupettai (2006) by Selvaraghavan is the most expected one. This movie speaks of the growth of a local don of North Chennai. The movie stars Dhanush. Though the movie failed to taste success in 2016, now expectations are riding high on it. One more movie is Simbhu-starrer Manmadhan (2004) directed by the actor himself. There is a similar expectation for Vijayakanth’s Ramanaa (2002) and Chathriyan (1990) too. While in the retro age, movies like Agni Natchathiram (1988), Oomai Vizhigal (1986), Oru Thalai Ragam (1980) and Karagattakaran (1989) are also in the list.