We cannot separate “crying scenes” from Tamil movies but sometimes sadness can come in other forms as well.
I may have my “bad moments” with Tamil movies but I have to admit that some Tamil movies or scenes are simply gems. I talked about comedies in Tamil movies and (one of) my favorite sad moment from Tamil movies has to be this:-
(Note: Sometimes this video shows an error message – video is not available but a retry later show it is working. I don’t know why. Alternatively snippets of the scene can be found in Google video here)
The background story:
Appu (Kamal Haasan) works as a clown in a circus. The circus owner’s daughter have been close to him lately so much so Appu begans to think that the daughter is in love with him. One day, the daughter gives him a ring and asks him to keep it safely and couple days later, tells him that she is taking him to the wedding registrar which Appu thinks for his and the owner’s daughter marriage.
Scene 1 (at the registrar office):
Appu gets down from the taxi happy but when he turns to see, the daughter is with another guy. Apparently Appu was brought in to be the witness for their marriage. Appu is made fun by the guy’s friend and the registrar. Illayaraja’s haunting background music and the sadness on Appu’s face say it all – it was a heavy moment.
Scene 2 (at the circus):
The owner is very angry and scolds Appu for his actions (Appu unable answer the owner). Appu’s mother comforts the owner by saying that the guy is a good partner for his daughter as he is a doctor and comes from a good family. In the same statement, Appu’s mother says that unlike his son (Appu) who is a retarded (Appu gets a shock and walks away), the guy is more suited for the daughter.
Next (not in the video):
The scene moves to Appu singing a sad song (a great hit by SP Bala) and attempts to commit suicide
What I liked about the above scenes is where Kamal Haasan manages to give the expression of being cheated and humiliated but at the same time, of not being able to tell what is in his heart. You need not know Tamil to understand the scene – Kamal’s excellent acting says it all .