There was a time when Youngsters’s Day was celebrated with a lot zeal, with motion pictures themed round children. Taking a cue from this week’s releases, Motion and Sangathamizhan, it appears like Kollywood has stopped making motion pictures catering to kids. The one such film to have launched this yr is Thumbaa, a fantasy-comedy drama. It have to be famous that one of many largest blockbusters this yr is a children film, The Lion King, whose Tamil dubbed model accomplished a 25-day run in tier 2 and three cities in Tamil Nadu.
The fault in our stars
Because the time of yore, Kollywood has had its justifiable share of kids-friendly movies corresponding to Anjali (1990), My Expensive Kuttichathan (re-released in 1998), Rajinikanth’s Raja Chinna Roja (1989) and Vikram’s Deiva Thirumagal (2011) to say a pair. Within the latest previous, we’ve fashionable gems like Pasanga (2009), Thanga Meengal (2013), Goli Soda (2014), Saivam (2014), Poovarasam Peepee (2014), Pasanga 2 (2015) and Kaaka Muttai (2015) — all made on a shoe-string finances, however grew to become box-office hits. Nevertheless, in the previous few years, the pattern of constructing movies solely for youths has come all the way down to a trickle.
In regards to the lack of ‘kids’ motion pictures, a well-known director who has made children-friendly motion pictures, stated: “Children’s movies are no longer commercially viable as theatres do not give screens and television channels are not interested in procuring rights, and digital platforms are only concerned about crime and violence. I meet parents who express their wish to make their kids act in movies. But most of them want their kids to play the children of Vijay or Nayanthara since they feel that children’s movies have become passé.”
After the business success of the Kanchana collection, Lawrence made a press release that his motion pictures are focused at household audiences and kids. Since then, a lot of the horror motion pictures incorporates a customary scene with a toddler artiste. A latest Tamil movie got here beneath robust criticism for that includes a toddler actor mouthing inappropriate punchlines. Even when a film clicks for a child, he/she will get comparable roles till they arrive of age. Within the due course of, they have a tendency to lose their ‘innocence’ since most of those children fade out after a quick stint.
Household film evening
At a time when kids-friendly motion pictures are more and more turning into extinct in Tamil cinema, Hollywood, however, has capitalised on this phenomenon. For instance, The Lion King is the best grossing Hollywood movie this yr in Tamil Nadu, because it reportedly made a distributor share of ₹15 crore. The movie, actually, struck a chord with the household viewers. Disney, in the meantime, is banking on its new kids’s film Frozen 2, which has Shruti Haasan voicing for Elsa in Tamil.
Owing to the dearth of youngsters motion pictures, PVR Cinemas has began an initiative known as Playhouse, a particular film auditorium showcasing U-certified motion pictures, in choose areas (PVR Heritage in ECR, as an illustration). As of at the moment, they’re enjoying Hollywood motion pictures and are looking out for Tamil content material. Nationwide Award-winning cinematographer Santosh Sivan, identified for steering kids’s motion pictures like Halo (1996) and Malli (1998), in a latest interview, stated that he stopped making such motion pictures, given the cash concerned. Within the latest previous, top-of-the-line kids’s movies to have come out of Kollywood is Kaaka Muttai, which launched in 2015. M Manikandan, who helmed Kaaka Muttai, went on to make movie genre-specific motion pictures like Kuttrame Thandanai (2016), Aandavan Kattalai (2016), and is presently engaged on Kadaisi Vivasayi. What’s extra saddening is that administrators, who made profitable motion pictures for youths, have additionally moved on.