Cult Cinema as a Guide to Life: An Analysis of Subcultural Identity in the film Vada Chennai


  • Miss. O. Alisha, M.A., M.Phil,,NET, SET, Assistant Professor of English, Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India.


Cult films had its origin during 1970’s with a cult following. These films were known for zealous fanbase and an intricate subculture that had engaged in powerful dialogues and audience participation, mostly focused on vague, transgressive films mostly avoided by the mainstream directors and audiences. Vetrimaran, a Tamil film Filmmaker and Producer is known for the movie Visaranai(Interrogation) 2016, which is nominated for Oscar Award. His recent film Vada Chennai (North Chennai)2018, described the life of a young carom player from north Chennai who had became a loath participant between two warring gangsters. From the beginning to the end, the people of north Chennai were viewed from a dark background for their survival in the city. Thought the Chennai became a metropolitan city because of the IT sectors, the natives and the subaltern groups are marginalized and they are forced to move to the seashores villages. The survival problem made them to do menial and illegal jobs but the main characters are struggled for their native land. The paper focuses on the subcultural identity (once the main culture) of north Chennai people and their survival in cultural hegemonic metropolitan city, money-minded business men and cunning politicians.



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Alisha, M. O. (2018). Cult Cinema as a Guide to Life: An Analysis of Subcultural Identity in the film Vada Chennai. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(12), 10. Retrieved from