Cinema Paradiso is one of my favourite places in Chennai. It’s a DVD library at #5/77, C.P Ramasamy Road, across from Shilpi. It has recent Hollywood and Hindi movies (no Tamil films); but its speciality is its world cinema collection.
For me, part of a real education is a knowledge of and ability to appreciate cinema; and the best place for a non-film student to learn to do that in Chennai is at Cinema Paradiso. They have a good selection from the European masters of the sixties and seventies (Truffaut, Godard, Fellini, Bergman) the light, fun films of Erich Roehmer, some excellent Eastern European films (No Man’s Land, Kolya), Kieslowski’s great trilogy Blue, White, and Red. They have a good selection of Iranian films (Baran, the White Balloon, anything by Kiarostami). They have a lot of Kurosawa. You can see Eat Drink Man Woman, the wonderful film Ang Lee made before he went to Hollywood.
Anyway, I could go on and on, but just go there and dive in. The website link above allows you to browse through their collection, but not to search it, unfortunately. But finding something great without knowing about it in advance is wonderful too.