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    Vishnuvardhan says his favourite films are packed with smart stunts and emotion

    Director Vishnuvardhan, Tamil cinemaa��s very own action movie specialist, whose latest Aarambham is having a good run at the box office, takes us on a tour of his favourite action films.a�?I wouldna��t call my films like Aarambam or Billa action films. There is more drama in them. Action is not about one guy mindlessly fighting a dozen ruffians on the street. There should be some logic to it. One should find the screenplay and story in that action,a�? says Vishnuvardhan naming Akira Kurosowa, Martin Scorsese and Guy Ritchie as his icons, he shares his most wanted movies.


    Matrix: Among my long list of action films, I would still pick this 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film starring Keanu Reeves for one simple reason a��mind blowing mechanical action sequences.


    IP Man: This semi biographical martial arts Hong Kong movie is a favourite, as it connects with me on an emotional level. The film is loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial arts wing chun and master of Bruce Lee. Ita��s a moving experience.


    All Jackie Chan films: If you like action, you automatically love Jackie Chan. I especially loved his Armour of God. His films are not gory or bloody, they have a very Charlie Chaplin-ish image.A� I love those little nuances and gimmicks in them.

    – NeelimaA� Menon


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