Pudhiya Mugam ★★★★

tamil version of the famously ludicrous 1989 american tv mini series a twist of fate. coasts a lot just on aesthetics of the time (that pulsing ar rahman background score, that harsh mani/priyadarshan aping backlit cinematography), but really just such a reminder that south indian film has been able to take this kind of melodrama seriously (and transform it) in ways nowhere else but maybe hong kong has.