There are some movies which you would like to watch repeatedly. You wouldn’t get bored even after watching them n number of times. My personal collection includes various movies in Tamil,Hindi,Telugu and Malayalam (sorry I don’t watch English movies; only some 10 till now). Here goes the list in no particular order:
Mozhi (2007, Radhamohan):
If anyone asks me, “What’s your favorite movie?”, I would reply in a single word, “Mozhi”. This movie had a tremendous impact on me. The depiction of a strong deaf-mute woman blew away my soul. This movie had the perfect dose of good values,love,friendship,family,comedy and all other factors. I would have watched this movie around 20 times and I am not at all bored. Jyothika excelled in her role as a deaf and dumb girl. Prithviraj,Prakash Raj and Swarnamalaya too were perfect choice for their roles. Music by Vidyasagar was soul stirring and the song ‘Kaatrin Mozhi’ remains as my 1st favorite song.
Madrasapattinam (2010, A.L.Vijay):
This movie is a tragic love story between an Indian dhobi and the daughter of a British governor set in the pre-independence era. It portrayed the true and unabashed love between the leads, separated by their caste and nationality. The backdrop of ancient Madras was perfectly captured by A.L.Vijay and the performance by British model Amy Jackson was widely appreciated. Though it had a serious tone, I like to watch this movie repeatedly just for the pure love tale.
Abhiyum Naanum (2008, Radhamohan):
Once again from the director of Mozhi, there came yet another emotional roller coaster. But the second time, the emphasis was on the relationship between a father and a daughter. The story was about how a Tamilian father accepts his daughter’s love for a Punjabi boy. The film was poetic with good performances,cinematography (completely shot in Ooty) and music.
Payanam (2011, Radhamohan):
With this movie, Radhamohan became my favorite director. Boasting of a stellar cast like Prakash Raj and Nagarjuna, this movie about a plane hijack struck the right chord with the audience. The entire movie was shot in a plane like set and some scenes in Tirupathi airport. Humor was imbibed along with the storyline which made the movie even more interesting to watch. My whole family is a fan of this movie and we watch it all the time it is telecasted on the TV.
Unnale Unnale (2007, Jeevan):
This urban love story was a rage among youngsters way back in 2007. A flirtatious boy, a possessive girlfriend and a carefree damsel formed the perfect love triangle in this movie. I love this movie for its overall coolness and knife-sharp dialogues. The peppy youth-friendly songs by Harris Jayaraj was an added advantage. Vinay Rai, Sadha and Tanisha Mukherjee delivered fine performances.
Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008, Mithran Jawahar):
Remake of the Telugu film “Aadavari Mataluku Arthame Verule”, this movie was an awesome love story between two IT professionals. The original story was written by Selvaraghavan and directed by Mithran Jawahar. Dhanush and Nayanthara gave one of the finest performances and the supporting actors were also perfect. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s songs were runaway hit. This movie was a wholesome family entertainer.
Raja Rani (2013, Atlee):
This coming-of-age movie depicted the concept that there is love & life after love failure. It perfectly captured the tiffs and misunderstandings that occur between a newly married couple who are unable to let go off their past. Arya,Nayanthara,Jai and Nazriya Nazim became household names after their performances in this film. G.V.Prakash’s songs were catchy as well as melodious.
Yavarum Nalam (2009, Vikram K.Kumar):
They say that horror movies lose their spookiness after the first watch. But not in the case of this movie. With a television playing the main element in this film, the story was well executed by Vikram K.Kumar. The movie stayed true to its tagline ‘Fear has a new address’.
Eeram (2009, Arivazhagan):
The same applies to this horror movie too. But this one had an emotional streak to it. A woman wronged for no fault of hers was artistically depicted. The element water was used in all the scenes and the entire movie was shot in hues of grey. This horror movie is never boring even if we watch it repeatedly.
Pizza (2012, Karthik Subburaj):
My tryst with horror movies continues with this spine chilling film. Directed by a debutante, this movie was about a pizza delivery boy who gets trapped in a haunted house. Though the story seems cliched, the movie has layers of suspense which will genuinely thrill the spectators.
Santhosh Subramaniam (2008, M.Raja):
Though remake of a blockbuster Telugu film ‘Bommarillu’, I like this movie in Tamil as it is easily relate-able for me. The story revolved around the relationship between a dominant father and a son who wants to free himself from his dad’s clutches. The cute romantic track between Jayam Ravi and Genelia is still much talked about.
Aayirathil Oruvan (2010, Selvaraghavan):
Many would raise an eyebrow if I tell that I love this movie. But I ask, “Why not?” This is one of the most exquisitely made movies of this decade. An archaeology troupe goes on an expedition to find a primitive Chola clan who are in the hiding. The movie was made by Selvaraghavan with utter perfection and the performances by the lead cast was awesome.
My list of most loved Tamil movies end here. I love some of director Shankar’s movies too. But they don’t make to the list of most loved. And sorry I am not a fan of Tamil industry’s finest directors like Mani Rathinam,Gautham Vasudev Menon or K.Balachander. Their movies are top class but I don’t feel in tandem with those movies. Now my list continues with Hindi,Telugu and Malayalam films.
Raanjhanaa (2013, Anand L.Rai):
Oh God! What can I tell about this movie? It had a direct link to my life. It was a perfect and painful one side love story of a Hindu Brahmin boy, loaded with politics in the second half. This movie had the right amount of love,humor,friendship,ego and pain. And with A.R.Rahman’s music, this film was pushed to a higher level in my heart. Dhanush was flawless in his debut Hindi film and Sonam Kapoor’s bold performance was stunning.
PK (2014, Rajkumar Hirani):
This is a recent addition to my ‘most loved’ list. But it has struck such a chord with my heart that I have already planned to watch it for a 2nd time in theater. This movie is about an alien who reaches Earth,loses his remote control and begins a journey of self-discovery through some meaningful questions which he asks. Aamir Khan should be rewarded for his performance in this beautiful and thought provoking movie.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995, Aditya Chopra):
Well, this is a movie which each and every Indian must have watched. It is included in the ‘100 movies to see before you die’ list and it recently celebrated its 1000th week as it is still shown in one of the theaters in Bangalore. Need I say more? A classic and an epic love story.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999, Sanjay Leela Bhansali):
Another classic love story from the 90s era. One of Salman Khan’s finest movies. There was no looking back for Sanjay Leela Bhansali after this movie. Ismail Darbar’s music was much talked about.
Jab We Met (2007, Imtiaz Ali):
A romantic comedy flick that turned into a blockbuster. The character of Geet became a dream role for every girl in real life. Kareena Kapoor’s performance was laudable and Pritam’s songs were chartbusters.
Om Shanthi Om (2007, Farah Khan):
The reason why I love this movie is the concept of reincarnation. Though the movie had a commercial fanfare, the storyline was wonderful. Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone stayed true to their respective roles.
Hasee Toh Phasee (2014, Vinil Mathew):
This film was a modern take on love and relationships. Loaded with genuine humor, this movie is one of the best rom-coms of 2014. Parineeti Chopra’s portrayal as an overtly intelligent drug addict must be rewarded.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013, Ayan Mukherji):
Love? Yes. Comedy? Yes. Friendship? Yes. Pain? Yes. Frolicking moments? Yes. Chartbuster songs? Yes. Good performances? Yes. Then, what else should I say?
3 Idiots (2009, Rajkumar Hirani):
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘Five Point Someone’, this movie portrayed the education system of India in a hilarious manner. One of thought provoking movies ever made.
Manam (2014, Vikram K.Kumar):
A richly made classic yet modern movie which starred three generations of actors-Nageshwar Rao,Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya. The plot had reverse narration and reincarnation concepts which made the movie into a blockbuster.
Magadheera (2009, S.S.Rajamouli):
Yet another reincarnation love story between a warrior and a princess. This movie was one of the blockbusters of all the times. Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Agarwal’s performances were widely appreciated and S.S.Rajmouli moved into the 100 crore club.
100% Love (2011, Sukumar):
A cute and beautiful love story between two warring cousins. The movie had a lots of interesting twists thrown into it. Songs by Devi Sri Prasad were super hits.
Arya (2004, Sukumar):
Not a single Telugu person you can find without loving this movie. A cute love story which was remade in Tamil as Kutty and dubbed in Malayalam & Hindi.
Other movies are Dil Chahta Hai,Kal Ho Na Ho,Chak De India,Happy Days,Kotha Bangaru Lokam,Darling (Telugu),Aashiqui 2 and Bangalore Days (the only Malayalam film which I love out of the minimal Malayalam films I have seen).