By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, Dec 21 IANS | 2 years ago

Out of the 400-odd films released in four southern languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, the following films may not have earned a robust box-office number but still managed to elicit positive response from the audience and critics alike.

List of best Tamil films of 2013:

"Onayum Aatukuttiyum": It's the most underrated Tamil film of the year from filmmaker Mysskin, who also featured in it with a bevy of newcomers. Fittingly titled "Onayum Aatukuttiyum", which translates to "The Wolf And The Lamb", it is a touching story about the redemption of an ex-assassin (wolf) on a mission to amend his past with the help of a medical student (lamb). Maestro Ilayaraja's background score breathed life into the masterpiece.

"Lucia": The film changed the way how others looked at the Kannada film industry, usually popular for producing loud commercial films, mostly remakes of its southern counterparts. Not only did "Lucia" earn critical as well as commercial acclaim but also introduced the concept of crowd-funding and paved the way for aspiring filmmakers. A story set against the backdrop of lucid dreaming, the film is already being remade in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

"Soodhu Kavvum": Dark Tamil comedy shows it means to make a film is just to make audiences laugh. Unarguably the funniest film of the year, "Soodhu Kavvum" is powered by the presence of poster boy Vijay Sethupathy. A box-office blockbuster, it revolves around four misfit kidnappers who try something way out of their league. Imran Khan will feature in the Hindi remake of the film, which will be produced by Rohit Shetty.

"Neram": A story that revolves around the events that take place in a single day in the life of the protagonist, the Tamil thriller-comedy focusses on the importance of time in one's life and its subsequent repercussions. "Neram" was one of the few films in the language that pleasantly surprised everybody who watched it. Alphonse Putharen, who directed the film, will soon remake it in Hindi.

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(Posted on 21-12-2013)