KB 1Ethir Neechal

The plot of an orphan boy who does odd jobs for the tenants of the apartment he resides in has veteran Nagesh acing his role as Maadhu. We loved the fact that the lead actress was shown as a recently recovered mentally ill patient. The challenges people with mental illness face today are as relevant as the 1960’s and we salute the master of storytelling for making even the miniscule role of lokku lokku thaatha memorable despite not showing the character on screen. A rags to riches story that is as real as it gets!


KB 2Vaanamae Ellai

The selfie generation is as suicidal as the earlier generation, if not more. We say, sip that coffee and watch a DVD of Vaanamae Ellai and watch your life turn around. He takes on serious problems like corruption, gang rape, unemployment and shows how if we can still make lemonades even if life throws us lemons. The film is interspersed with meaningful songs and we especially loved the way the director brought in the beauty of a dark skinned baby in a fairness-crazy nation.


KB 3Unnal Mudiyum Thambi

This film is one of the finest from Kamal and that says a lot about it. The film shows the elitist attitude of a carnatic musician and his wayward brother who breaks every social decorum. If Kamal doesn’t inspire you, one scene with the gardener who plants a sapling every day will make your day. As always, his leading lady is an inspiration by herself – think someone who refuses to give her caste and religion in a government application form and stands up against the guy who harasses her. We can’t but help fall in love with the gutsy lady.

P.S: K Balachander has delivered many a gem, this is no attempt to classify them or rate them, this is

just a fan’s attempt to recall some of his works on his birthday. We salute the path-breaking director

of all times – KB SIR!