The first two months of 2004 has been good for South Indian film industry. There were 15 films released each in Tamil and Telugu and 8 in Malayalam. At least 3 films were profitable in each language making the hit ratio look attractive. Here is an analysis.
Is undoubtedly the pick and is a rare case of critical acclaim and box-office triumph going hand-in-hand. Kamalhassan weaved together real life incidents, fantasy and imagination with a chilling motif that people are not what they appear to be. The background details are perfectly worked out and the music of Ilayaraja suited the mood. Virumaandi is an eloquent argument against capital punishment without excusing the killer for his crimes.