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2005 has been a happy, eventful year for Tamil cinema. If not for the never-ending rain, the industry would have hit a century, as far as the number of releases goes. There were 90 releases by December 1, and the number was expected to touch the 100 mark.

But, so what if it didn't hit a century? In terms of commercial success, if not quality, it has been a great year. These are our picks...

Thavamai Thavamirunudu

Commercial success apart, the honours for best film of 2005 undoubtedly goes to Cheran's Thavamai Thavamirunudu, the release after his hugely successful, autobiographical Autograph. It won last year's National Award for the best film with wholesome entertainment. A lot was expected from TT, and Cheran didn't disappoint.

The film is, once again, autobiographical. But this time, it's about Cheran's childhood in a village, rather his father's struggle to bring up his children. Cheran talks about a milieu he is familiar with -- rural Tamil Nadu. Naturally, the film is honest and true to life. It moves at the leisurely pace one would witness at a village, but touches you so much that you don't feel those three hours pass.

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