Satyam Cinema had this concept of Blind Date with a movie where the audience don't know which movie is going to be premiered and is in for a surprise. Travelling in mofussil buses in Tamil Nadu is akin to that. Almost every bus has a CD/DVD player and the conductor is the sole authority deciding your in transit entertainment. I have suffered through back to back viewing of Vijay movies 'Youth' and 'Shajahan' - it is difficult to say where one ends and the other begins. Even more excruciating was back to back Captain movies 'Sokka Thanam' and 'Narasimha'.
But once in a while you are hit with a pleasant surprise. I saw 'Aan Paavam' and it was still fresh twenty years after its release. A couple of weeks back I saw 'Engeyo Ketta Kural'. It is one of the movies that portray Rajnikanth the actor before he became super star. His performance was brilliant and understated especially his body language as he grows older and is weighed down with the vagaries of life.
However I found the movie regressive in its portrayal of women. Ambika walks out of her marriage after giving birth to a kid because she is enamored by the village rich man. But hearing the servants talk ill of her, she has a change of heart and returns back to the village to spend the rest of her life almost as an ascetic in repentance for her momentary madness. What is wrong in a woman walking out of a marriage she doesn't like?
I had just finished reading Neela Padmanabhan's Palli Konda Puram novel which deals with the same question in a far more nuanced way. So couldn't avoid comparing the sensibilities of the novelist and the movie director. If you are interested in Tamil literature, do read Palli Konda Puram. It is one of the better novels in modern Tamil.