குறும்பட இயக்குநர்களின் சினிமா கனவு தகர்கிறதா? – முருகன் மந்திரம்
Is it the beginning of end of small budget films? – An analysis.
Tamil cinema has seen ‘new wave’ several times during its tenure and currently is in the grips of another wave ‘small budget films’, thanks to the short film makers and those who have potential interest in film making. Since the time Sasikumar forayed into films from distribution, with his evergreen Subramanyapuram, small budget films are enjoying their never seen success in Kollywood. While it is a welcome to see several young brains thrive and flourish we find of late monotony setting in, which make us fear, ‘have we peaked so soon’? The fear is due to decline in such films not in numbers but in quality.
We make an analysis of the inputs available with us on the current trend.
Sasikumar and Samuthirakani started the small budget films in a very positive way with Subramanyapuram. There are many films that tasted success, but we are not identifying them to limit it to the subject of discussion. This has been continued with fairly good amount of success rate with subsequent films, though it cannot be said the same the films that are currently released or to hit the screens soon.
The small budget films get a boost when Balaji Mohan who uploaded his short film of the same name, made it into a film and tasted success. Though the story line is not novel, the presentation and captured the out of the box thinking of the director. Balaji Mohan showed the way for many young director aspirants to make a short film and foray in to the big screens, some with success and some with disaster. But a way was found which was well utilised by the young talents.
Balaji Sakthivel, Nalan Kumarasamy, Karthik Subburaj, Saravanan, Ranjit, and several others who have successfully utilised the trend and made a mark for themselves in the industry. It has also helped new producers to come into the film making, though they because of lack of experience in film making they put to lot of hardship, which is another story.
However we see a decline of late in such films as the audience are not willing to accept anything and everything the film makers offer. Barring for Goli Soda and Pannayarum Padminiyum and to an extent Kalayana Samayal Sadham, many films tanked without a trace, despite a good story line.
In Goli Soda, Vijay Milton brought freshness in the film which was gladly embraced by the audience to make it a soaring hit. Though the story is very simple and age old, the screen play and the characters did the trick for the film. In Pannayarum Padminiyum there is no story as such but the situational characters and the sentiments common man practices over his pet things, established the connectivity with the audience and hence thrived. Kalayana Samayal Sadham is certainly a new wave film which has out of box thinking by director and boldly acted by Prasanna, is set for a particular genre of audience and hence it resulted in limited success.
When it comes to other films – we are not naming any film here as most of the films fall in the same category – which bombed at the box office, the main reason for non acceptance by the audience in the mediocrity and lack of screen play or presentation, despite a good and novel story line. It is because there is no reality check or visualisation by the film makers and/or lack of experience in big screen formats. There is a sea of difference between making a short film and a feature film, like that of a cult film and a commercial film. Plenty of inputs and thought process are needed to make such a film to make is acceptable by critics, leave alone audience. Bala and Mysskin films are honoured despite with negligible financial success purely based on their presentation skills and novelty. You cannot become Bala or Mysskin overnight, but sustained thinking of creating a value or brand image for self will help the young film maker to be in the reckoning.
We will have to wait see if Nalan Kumarasamy, Karthik Subburaj and the like are no one time wonders but real assets to Kollywood. We wish the young minds and talents thrive for some more years before a ‘new wave’ sets in Kollywood. And with this aspiration we end the story with a positive outlook for them.
(With inputs from Murugan Mandhiram)