Best Tamil Directors in 2018 Who Forged A New Identity for Kollywood

Best Tamil Directors in 2018 Who Forged A New Identity for Kollywood

14 Feb 19 @ 9:11 PM

That Tamil Cinema despite many turbulences has seen some of the best movies we have seen in recent memory is made possible only because of the old and new filmmakers who sharpened their creative powers. A senior director like Mani Ratnam triumphantly returned to form with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. A creative genius like Shankar stretched the boundaries of imagination with 2.0.

Youngsters like Prem Kumar delivered a lovely film like 96. issue-based films made with artistic values like Merku Thodarchi Malai found their place in the commercial arena. All, except a very few, are the products of their directors who envisioned new premises of storytelling. Here is a list of best Tamil directors who took Tamil Cinema in new directions with their vision. Vote for your favorite directors and make sure to take them to the top of the rankings. 

  • Murugadoss - Sarkar

    Murugadoss who is known for high-concept commercial films with a social cause was at it again with Sarkar starring Ilayathalapathy Vijay. The film expectedly did a blockbuster business and talked about the most important issue in a democracy, that is, right to vote. 

    A. R. Murugadoss - Sarkar
    A. R. Murugadoss - Sarkar
    AR Murugadoss
  • Ram Kumar - Ratsasan

    Ram Kumar's chilling tale about a serial killer and a young police officer who brings his research for a short film to nab him made waves all over South India. It was highly talked about and made Vishnu Vishal a known name among the South Indian movie buffs. 

    Ram Kumar - Ratsasan
    Ram Kumar - Ratsasan
    Ram Kumar
  • Vetrimaaran - Vada Chennai

    One of the few world-class South Indian directors, Vetrimaaran is at it once again with Vada Chennai. There was this The Godfather and now there is this Vada Chennai. A true epic of gangster film with an original premise which has deftly used the recent historical moments in Tamil Nadu also went on to become a commercial hit. 

    Vetrimaaran - Vada Chennai
    Vetrimaaran - Vada Chennai
    Vetrimaaran
  • Mari Selva Raj - Pariyerum Perumal

    Debutant Mari Selvaraj not just delivered a powerful film about caste differences and honor killings he did so quite emphatically and without missing commercial elements. Or rather, he defined a new commercial format with Pariyerum Perumal. Two birds with one shot. Critical acclaim and commercial success. Director Pa. Ranjith produced this film about the rise of a Dalit student. 

    Mari Selvaraj - Pariyerum Perumal
    Mari Selvaraj - Pariyerum Perumal
    Mari Selvaraj
  • Prem Kumar - 96

    This young man took everyone down a nostalgic trip with the romance film 96. Hailed as one of the very pure romance films, the Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha starrer made a huge buzz among the South Indian movie buffs. Prem Kumar's simplistic handling of the subject won great applause from one and all. 

    C. prem Kumar - 96
    C. prem Kumar - 96
    C. Prem Kumar
  • Ajay Gnanamuthu - Imaikkaa Nodigal

    Ajay Gnanamuthu of Demonte Colony had emphatically proved that he is here to stay and took Tamil thrillers into a new direction with Imaikkaa Nodigal. That he directed lady superstar and delivered a top class movie watching experience is a telling statement about his talent. 

    Ajay Gnanamuthu - Imaikkaa Nodigal
    Ajay Gnanamuthu - Imaikkaa Nodigal
    R. Ajay Gnanamuthu
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  • Shankar - 2.0

    Legendary filmmaker Shankar has taken Tamil Cinema to new heights even before many of the current generation directors were not even thinking about making films. True to his character, his latest directorial 2.0 became the first Tamil film to gross around about more than Rs. 750 crores and won the approval of Pan Indian audience. 

    Shankar - 2.0
    Shankar - 2.0
    Shankar S
  • P. S. Mithran - Irumbu Thirai

    P. S. Mithran is the face of the new wave in Tamil Cinema. His directorial debut film Irumbu Thirai talks about the peril of information theft and online frauds. He convinced a star like Vishal not only to star in the film but also to bankroll it proves the point that he is here to stay. 

    P. S. Mithran - Irumbu Thirai
    P. S. Mithran - Irumbu Thirai
    P.S Mithran
  • Mani Ratnam - Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

    While critical success is nothing new has still been delivering considerably good movies, a proper blockbuster is eluding elite director Mani Ratnam for more than a decade. But the commercial gangster drama filled the gap for him and went on to become the biggest grossing film in his career. As is the regular case with his films, CCV received critical acclaim. The master is back!

    Mani Ratnam - Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
    Mani Ratnam - Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
    Mani Ratnam
  • Shakti Soundar Rajan - Tik Tik Tik

    Shakti Soundar Rajan brought Space film genre into mainstream Tamil Cinema. The result is a novel experience to the audience. The movie has also shown Jayam Ravi in a different role and went on to win critical and the audience approval. 

    Shakti Soundar Rajan - Tik Tik Tik
    Shakti Soundar Rajan - Tik Tik Tik
    Shakti Soundar Rajan
  • Karthik Thangavel - Adanga maru

    Adanga Maru might not have been a tour de force for Jayam Ravi like his previous outing as a police officer, Thani Oruvan, but Karthik Thangavel's sure-handed direction and powerful narration made this a worthy entry in the cop thriller genre. 

    Karthik Thangavel - Adanga maru
    Karthik Thangavel - Adanga maru
    Karthik Thangavel
  • Nelson Dilipkumar - Kolamaavu Kokila

    Kolamaavu Kokila might have been Nayanthara's star vehicle but Nelson Dilipkumar is the man who utilized the lady superstardom of Nayan to the core. The slick black-comedy thriller also known as CoCo wet on to become a blockbuster. 

    Nelson Dilipkumar - Kolamaavu Kokila
    Nelson Dilipkumar - Kolamaavu Kokila
    Nelson Venkatesan
  • Mu Maran - Iravukku Aayiram Kangal

    Iravukku Aayiram Kangal is one of the truly underrated films of this year and made it to our own list of 11 underrated gems of Indian Cinema in 2018. Mu Maran delivered a thrilling tale of a group of people who are in one way or the other associated with a murder. 

    Mu Maran - Iravukku Aayiram Kangal
    Mu Maran - Iravukku Aayiram Kangal
    Mu. Maran
  • Elan - Pyaar Prema Kaadhal

    While several youngsters made their mark by making thrillers and action films, Elan took a contemporary youthful film and made it click with the audience. Despite not having a huge star cast, Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is a surprise hit at the box office. 

    Elan - Pyaar Prema Kaadhal
    Elan - Pyaar Prema Kaadhal
    Elan
  • Sundar C. - Kalakalappu 2

    Actor-director Sundar C. is one of the highly successful commercial cinema directors in Tamil and he proved his might once again with Kalakalappu 2. The slick comedy entertainer was one of the early hits of the year when tamil Cinema was going through one trouble after another. 

    Sundar C. - Kalakalappu 2
    Sundar C. - Kalakalappu 2
    Sundar C
  • Balaji Tharaneetharan - Seethakaathi

    Balaji Tharaneetharan proved that if the content of the film is entertaining and different, even an experimental film can win the audience approval with Seethakaathi starring Vijay Sethupathi. The film was one of the four films that gave Kollywood a proper year-end bang and part of the Golden Week of Indian Cinema. Ayya Aadhimoolam is a cult character now. 

    Balaji Tharaneetharan - Seethakaathi
    Balaji Tharaneetharan - Seethakaathi
    Balaji Tharaneetharan
  • Bala - Naachiyaar

    Naachiyaar is like a breath of fresh air in the police genre with an aggressive and quick thinking lady cop rules the roost. Bala's narration of the story of Naachiyaar played by Jyothika and the simple yet gutsy making took Naachiyaar to the next level. 

    Bala - Naachiyaar
    Bala - Naachiyaar
    Bala
  • C. S. Amudhan - Tamizh Padam 2

    C. S. Amudhan outdid himself with Tamizh Padam 2. With more humor and more grander scale, Tamizh Padam 2 was at one time one of the highest grossing Tamil movies until a host of top-notch films hit the screen during the second half of the year. Amudhan spun magic around the character of Shiva and came up with an unexpected twist. 

    C. S. Amudhan - Tamizh padam 2
    C. S. Amudhan - Tamizh padam 2
    C.S. Amudhan
  • G. R. Adithya - Savarakathi

    You may have big backing in the form of Mysskin but it is you who have to execute the script. That's where G. R. Adithya excelled. He made a hilariously good black comedy out of the script provided by Mysskin. Mysskin also headlined the cast. 

    G. R. Adithya - Savarakathi
    G. R. Adithya - Savarakathi
    G R Adithya