The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take

Tamil Cinema 2013-Top ActorsIts that time of the year when a new year has set in and we remember the year that just went past us. So its  time for the titles and awards again! Here is my list of the very best Tamil cinema had to offer in 2013. Do read up and let me know your comments.
1. Best Lead Actor- Male: Kamal Haasan  (for Vishwaroopam)
The nominees were  1. Vikram for David.  2. Kamal Haasan for Vishwaroopam  3. Atharva for Paradesi  4. Vijay Sethupathi for Soodhu Kavvum  5. Dhanush for Maryan
2. Best Lead Actor- Female: Parvathi Menon  (for Maryan)
The nominees were  1. Vedhika for Paradesi  2. Parvathi Menon for Maryaan  3. Pooja Umashankar for Vidiyum Munn  4. Nayantara for Raja Rani  5. Anushka for Irandaam Ulagam
3. Best Actor – In a negative role: Arjun (for Kadal)
The nominees were  1. Arjun for Kadal  2. Rahul Bose for Vishwaroopam  3. Kishore for Vana Yudham  4. John Vijay for Vidiyum Munn  5. Vamsi Krishna for Ivan Vera Mathiri.
4. Best Debutante Lead Actor – Male: Gautham Karthik (for Kadal)
The nominees were  1. Gautham Karthik for Kadal  2. Nivin Pauly (in tamil) for Neram  3. Ram for Thangameengal  4. Balaji for Sutta Kadhai  5. Kadhir for Madhayaanai Kootam
5. Best Debutante Lead Actor – Female: Surabhi  (for Ivan Vera Mathiri)
The nominees were  1. Thulasi Nair for Kadal  2. Yami Gautam for Gauravam  3. Sanchita shetty for Soodhu Kavvum  4. Ashrita Shetty for Udhyam NH4   5. Surabhi for Ivan Vera Maadhiri
6. Most Popular Actor: Ajith Kumar   (For Arrambam)
The nominees were 1. Kamal Haasan for Vishwaroopam 2. Vijay for Thalaivaa 3. Ajith for Arrambam
7. Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Male: Shared by Bharathiraja (for Pandia Naadu) and Sri  (for Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum)
The nominees were 1. Arvind Swamy for Kadal  2. Bharathiraja for Pandia Naadu   3. Amarendren for Vidiyum Munn  4. Kishore for Udhayam NH4 5.  Sri for Onaiyum Aatukuttiyum
8. Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female : Dhanshika  (for Paradesi)
The nominees were 1. Tabu for David  2. Pooja Kumar for Vishwaroopam  3. Dhanshika for Paradesi  4. Viji Chandrasekhar for Madhayaanaikootam  5. Shelly Kishore for Thanga Meenkal
9. Best Actor in a Comical Role: Santhanam   (For Theeya Vela Seiyanum Kumaru and Endendrum Punnagai)
The nominees were  1. Santhanam for Theeya Vela Seiyanum Kumaru and Endendrum Punnagai  2. Vijay Sethupathy for Idharku Thaanae Aasaipattai Balakumaraa   3. Sentrayan for Moodar Koodam   4. Shiva for Thillu Mullu   5. SivaKartikeyan for Varutha Padaatha Valibar Sangam.
10. Best Child Artist : Shared by Sadhana (for Thanga Meenkal),  Malavika Manikuttan (for Vidiyum Munnand Prithviraj Das (for Haridas)
11. Best Original Screenplay: Shared by Nalan Kumarasamy  (for Soodhu Kavvum) and Mysskin (for Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum)
The nominees were 1. Kamalhaasan for Vishwaroopam  2. Nalan Kumarsamy for Soodhu Kavvum  3. Mysskin for Onaayum Aatukuttiyum  4. Balaji K Kumar for Viduyum Munn    5. R.S Prasanna for Kalyana Samayal Saadham
12. Best Dialogues: Nalan Kumarasamy for Soodhu KavvumThe nominees were 1.Naveen for Moodar Koodam, 2.Jeyamohan for Kadal,3. R.S.Prasanna and Arun Vaidynathan for Kalyana Samayal Saadham,4.Kamal Haasan for Vishwaroopam and 5.Nalan Kumarasamy for Soodhu Kavvum

13. Best Cinematography : Sanu Varghese (for Vishwaroopam)
The nominees were  1. Sanu Varghese for Vishwaroopam  2. Chezian for Paradesi 3. Ramji for Irandaam Ulagam  4. Balaji V Rangha for Onaayum Aatukuttiyum  5. Siva Kumar Vijayan for Vidiyum Munn
14. Best Editor : Gopinath  (for Onaayum Aatukuttiyum)
The nominees were  1. Leo John Paul for Soodhu Kavvum  2. Mahesh Narayanan for Vishwaroopam  3. Sathyaraj for Vidiyum Munn  4. Gopinath for Onaayum Aatukuttiyum     5. Kishore T.E for Paradesi
15. Best Director : Mysskin (For Onaayum Aatukuttiyum)
The nominees were  1. Kamal Haasan for Vishwaroopam  2. Bala for Paradesi  3. Mysskin for Onaayum Aatukuttiyum  4. Suseenthiran for PandiaNaadu  5. Ram for Thangameengal
16. Best Debutante Director : Shared by  Balaji K Kumar (for Vidiyum Munn)  and  R.S Prasanna  (for Kalyana Samayal Saadham)
The nominees were  1. Nalan Kumarasamy for Soodhu Kavvum   2. Naveen for Moodar Koodam   3. Balaji K Kumar for Vidiyum Munn   4. R.S Prasanna for Kalyana Samayal Saadham      5. Alphonse Putharen for Neram
17. Best Original Background Score : Ilaiyaraaja (For Onaayum Aautukuttiyum)
The nominees were 1. Ilaiyaraaja 2. Ilaiyaraaja 3. Ilaiyaraaja 4. Ilayaraaja 5. Ilaiyaraaja 🙂
18. Best Music Director : A.R. Rahman (For Kadal and Maryan)
The nominees were  1.  Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Vishwaroopam   2.  A.R. Rahman for Kadal and Maryaan   3.  Anirudh for Vanakkam Chennai and Ethir Neechal   4. Harris Jeyaraj for Irandaam Ulagam   5. G.V Prakash Kumar for Raja Rani 6. D.Imman for Pandiya Naadu
19.  Best Art Director :  Lalgudi Ilaiyaraja (for Vishwaroopam)
The nominees were  1. Lalgudi Ilaiyaraaja for Vishwaroopam  2. Kiran for Irandaam Ulagam       3. Sathish Kumar for Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum  4. Vijay Adhinathan for Soodhu Kavvum  5. Edward Kalaimani for Vidiyum Munn
20. Best Lyricist : Kutty Revathy and AR Rahman (for  the track ‘Nenje Ezhu’ from Maryan)
The nominees were 1.  Madhan Karky for ‘Elay Keechan’ (Kadal) 2. Thamarai for  ‘Iravugalil’ (Ponmaalai Pozhudhu) 3. Kutty Revathy and AR Rahman for Nenje Ezhu (Kadal) 4. Kabilan for ‘Innum Konja Neram Irundaandhaal Daan Enna’ (Kadal)  5. Vairamuthu for ‘En Kaadhal Thee’ (Irandaam Ulagam)
21. Best Male playback singer : Sid Sriram ( for the track ‘Adiyae Enna Enga Nee’ from Kadal)
The nominees were  1. Karthik for ‘Kanimozhiyae’ (Irandaam Ulagam) and ‘Iravugalil’ (Ponmaalai Pozhudhu) 2. Sid Sriram for ‘Adiyae Enna Enga Nee’ (Kadal) 3.  A.R. Rahman for ‘Nenje Ezhu’ (Kadal)   4. Kamal Haasan & Shankar Mahadevan for ‘ Unnai Kaanadhu Naan’ (Vishwaroopam)  5. Gaana Baala for ‘Kaasu Panam Dhudhu Money Money’ (Soodhu Kavvum)
22. Best Female Playback Singer : Shakthisree Gopalan (for the tracks ‘Nenjukullae’ from Kadal and “Enga Pona Raasa’ from Maryan)
The nominees were  1. Chinmayee for ‘Mella Sirithaal’  (Kalyana Samayal Saadham) 2. Saindhavi for ‘Yaro Ivan’  (Udhayam NH4) 3.  Shakthishree Gopalan for ‘Nenjukullae’ (Kadal) and “Enga Pona Raasa’ (Kadal)  4.  Andrea Jeremiah for ‘Maama Drowser ‘ (Soodhu Kavvum) 5. Shreya Goshal for Velicha Poovae Va’ (Ethir Neechal)
23. Best Dance Choreographer : Pandit  Birju Maharaj  (for the track ‘Unnai Kaanadhu Naan’  from Vishwaroopam)
24. Best Costume Designer : Poornima Ramasamy  (for Paradesi)
The nominees were 1. Anu Vardhan and Binita Shamdasani for Arrambam  2. Poornima Ramasamy for Paradesi  3. Gouthami for Vishwaroopam
25. Best Stunt Director : Lee Whitaker  (for Arrambam and Vishwaroopam)
The nominees were 1. Ruff Rajashekhar & Zura Nanobashvili for Irandaam Ulagam 2. Lee Whitaker for Arrambam and Vishwaroopam  3. Anal Arasu for Pandia Naadu 4. Kecha Khamphakdee for Paradesi  5. Siva for Thalaivaa
26. Best Special Effects (VFX) : For the movie ‘Vishwaroopam’
The nominees were 1. Vishwaroopam  2. Irandaam Ulagam  3. Arrambam  4. Pizza 2- The Villa  5. Maryan
27. Best Crew : For the movie ‘Vishwaroopam’
28. Best Movie  : Onaayum Aatukuttiyum
Top 10 Best Tamil Movies of 2013 (In no particular order):
Tamil Cinema 2013- Best Films1. Soodhu Kavvum
2. Vidiyum Munn
3. Vishwaroopam
4. Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum
5. Paradesi
6. Kalyana Samayal Saadham
7. Moodar Koodam
8. Thanga Meenkal
9. Pandia Naadu
10. Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer
Special Mention: Thalaimuraigal, Haridas, Neram
Top Ten Best Tamil Songs of 2013 (in no particular order)
1. ‘Yaro Ivan’ from Udhayam NH4
2. ‘Mella Sirithaal’ from Kalyana Samayal Saadham
3. ‘Iruvugalil’ from Ponmaalai Pozhudhu
4. ‘Innum Konja Neram Irundaandhaal Daan Enna’  from Maryaan
5. ‘Moonghil Thottam’ from Kadal
6. ‘Aanandha Yaazhai’ from Thanga Meenkal
7. ‘Angnyaade’ from Raja Rani
8. ‘Osaka Osaka’ from Vanakkam Chennai
9. ‘Bhoomi Enna Suthudae’ from Ethir Neechal
10. ‘Kanimozhiyae’ from Irandaam Ulagam.
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2 thoughts on “The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take

  1. Good compilation. But I would like to disagree with a few choices over here. Kamal was his usual efficient self as an actor in Vishwaroopam. But the best actor of the year? No way. In fact it would be Vijay Sethupathy in Soodhu Kavvum or Dhanush in Maryan.
    Arjun’s performance in Kadal was a hamfest. A performance which one normally doesn’t expect to see in a Mani Ratnam film. I am surprised that you didn’t even thinking of including Sharath Lohitashwa’s name in this category. A remarkable performance he gave as the villain in Pandiyanadu and a remarkable screen presence this guy has Clearly he was the best of the lot , if your choice in this category is Arjun.

  2. A really good look back @ Tamil Cinema-2013 from your side Mani Prabhu.And though we did discuss most of the points last week I agree with Aditya that Sharath Lohitashwa in Pandiya Naadu was very good.And I personally liked D.Imman’s work over ARR’s.Shiva, Vijay Sethupathi,Siva Karthikeyan being main leads its a little surprising you chose to include them in the best comedian category as well,instead I feel Soori deserved mention for (for VVS?)>

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