A discussion with a friend* on steamy love scenes in Tamil cinema (yes, feel free to judge
me us) led me to think of those movies that were banned at my house over the years.
The first one that comes to mind is Boys. Now you must understand that Boys captured our imagination like no other movie before that. I remember learning all the lyrics from the paper that would be stuffed behind the cassette, and listening to the soundtrack over and over, singing along in that awful voice of mine. And then the movie released. Before I could say Sa Re Ga Mae, I was told I couldn’t watch it. Maybe the supervision units at home thought my young impressionable mind needn’t be subjected to such drivel (haha!).
I also remember Thulluvadho Ilamai. Yes, Dhanush’s first movie. (Or should I say the movie starring Sherin?) School kids running away from home, sex, drugs, and hormones. It goes without saying this movie was banned too (my cousin and I finally succeeded in watching it four years after its release, on one lucky day when we are left behind at home and the movie happened to be playing on K TV).
But both these movies do not stand a chance when I tell you what the third movie on this list is. Kalaba Kadhalan. Of course, this movie makes you squeamish even if you are just watching it by yourself; for there is something very awkward about the setup (I still can’t find words to describe it). Aforementioned cousin and I sat watching this movie in silence (even though we knew anything not wholesome would have already been censored), with one hand on the remote, to quickly change the channel if somebody walked in. We were two seconds too late. It took us almost a year to watch the rest of the movie.
*Similarities to actual people are definitely intentional.