Tamil cinema has an even longer history than Bollywood cinema, and unlike Bollywood, it shows real life through emotional stories. Tamil films are known for showing the life of common man, or the problems they face. The emphasis is placed on good storylines and talented actors rather than fanfare. In these films you’ll see a more authentic portrayal of South Indian culture and people, with them not being too focused on the fair and conventional beauty of Hollywood. While there is still the much loved action and musical numbers that characterise Indian films, you will find that there is also a large emphasis on raw emotion, making these films both captivating and exciting to watch.
Check out CulturalPulse’s shortlist of the best Tamil films over the past 70 years below.