By Shraddha Sunil
Since time immemorial, ghosts and ghouls have managed to scare us out of our wits. However, Kollywood in recent times has seen a conspicuous growth in horror cinema. And, by this we mean, not just mindless cinema encompassing a white saree-clad woman defying gravity; rather cinema that accrues to inciting a sense of awe amongst the vox populi.
With movies like Eeram, Yavarum Nalam, Yamirukkum Bayamen, Demonte Colony, Pisasu to name a few, underpinning the genre of Horror, Kollywood will soon be riding the crest of a new beginning. The aforementioned movies paved way for the inception of horror interlaced with subgenres; something Tamil cinema never experimented with.
While Pisasu broke the conniving, bound to the shoulders of the protagonist unto death portrayal of a supernatural entity; Demonte Colony made us see an enraged ghost who just plunged into a killing spree of those who cross its path. Yamirukkum Bayamen made horror reach out to our funny bones; a concept previously unheard of in the southern domain. The rapid evolution of concepts in horror have led to directors wielding the cameras, the satanic way.
This year, 2015 will see a string of horror releases intertwined with comedy, grave elements and social issues too.
Maya, has Nayanthara and Aari of Nedunchalai fame playing the lead. Directed by newcomer Ashwin Saravanan, the trailer gives us the notion of a serious horror drama with no overdone makeup and some exciting cuts. SK Prabhu will be producing Maya under Dream Warrior Pictures, his new label.
Trisha’s deadly outing
Nayaki, a bilingual film directed by Govi Govardhan, will see Trisha essaying the role of an yesteryear actress evidently, from the first look of the posters splashed out. Trisha, seen neatly clad in a quintessential retro saree will be seen alongside Ganesh Venkatraman of Abhiyum Naanum fame. Given the uprising of the comedy-horror genre, the film will follow suit.
Aranmanai 2, is high on expectations for it’s star-studded cast. Produced by Kushbu Sundar under the banner Avni cinemax, the film will see Trisha, Hansika, Poonam Bajwa, Siddharth and Soori essaying pivotal roles. The prequel to this horror-comedy flick was touted as one of the biggest hits last year.
Daisy (Unakenna Venum Sollu), amidst all its horrors and disheveled children will strongly portray a social issue that garners much concern currently. This will be Srinath Ramalingam’s debut as a Hollywood director in the Kollywood arena. The director of the English horror film, Trapped in Abyss featuring Amber Amstrong, Bobby Hicks and Iris Karina, has mounting expectations for his film. The director has roped in several new comers for his venture.
Kanchana 3 -Naga, will be a comedy-horror film with Raghava Lawrence playing the lead, yet again. The first look posters are as graphic as the previous ones. We should wait and watch if the director plays it safe or ups the game.
With the list expanding analogous to the genres they essay, the audience eagerly await the entertainment and unrealism sans logic in store for them in the next four months.