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18 Kollywood Thriller Films You Shouldn’t Miss

Thriller is always one genre that keeps the audiences on the edge. A surprise twist and a gripping sound score keep the mystery alive. Add to that a good storyline and slick direction, you have a winner at your hands. These were the elements that had Kollywood raving about. Here is a list of Kollywood thriller films:

Vishwaroopam (2013)

It is a well-crafted espionage thriller with mind-boggling action scenes. A sequel is also coming out soon.

Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)

Back in 2005, the affluent houses along National Highways of Tamil Nadu fell prey to ruthless Bawaria gang who looted and murdered people. The film is based on true events of operation Bawaria. The film is praised for its historical accuracy and Karthi nails the role of an honest police officer, Theeran Thirumaran.

Maanagaram (2017)

A must watch if you love suspense!!

 I (2015)

Shankar retells the classical tale of Beauty and the Beast in the sci-fi way. The film was praised by critics for its technical aspects and Vikram’s performance.

Iravukku Aaiyram Kangal (2018)

Iravukku Aayiram Kangal is a successful movie with an open ending. Journalist turned director Mu. Maran borrows the elements like non-linear storytelling from Hollywood and brilliantly executes them into a Tamil film.

Aadukalam (2011)

It depicts a village where rooster-fighting is considered an honorable sport. An aptly-paced plot and the way relationships between the characters change over the span of the film. It has won six National Awards, thereby holding a record of earning the most number of National Film Awards by a Tamil film.

Vettayaadu Villayaadu (2006)

The antagonist of the movie is a mix of Hannibal Lecter and John Doe (from Silence of the Lambs and Se7en respectively). It is an intelligent action thriller that keeps you engaged.

Dhruvangul 16 (2017)

Written and Directed by Karthick Naren, it is a short and to the point thriller with new actors.

Irumbu Thirai (2018)

An army officer tries to track down a cyber-criminal. It is masala entertainer which stays true to its plot. Packed with action, this one is guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seats.

Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)

The psychotic protagonist bears a terrible hatred for women owning to his traumatic experiences as a child. He kills them after having sex with them. The film is said to be inspired by Raman Raghav’s gruesome crimes. It is a cult classic and stars the evergreen on-screen couple Sridevi and Kamal Haasan.

Kakha Kakha : The Police (2003)

An unscrupulous gangster and an aggressive cop kill each other’s loved ones. Following this, the film turns into a revenge saga wherein the cop and the criminal go all out to kill each other.

Aniyan (2005)

Aniyan is a psychological thriller wherein the protagonist suffers from multiple personality disorder. He is a lawyer by day transforming into a justice-serving vigilante in the night. His ideas of justice are in accordance with Garuda Puran.

Thani Oruvan (2015)

An honest cop is up against a corrupt and greedy scientist who is willing to do anything for money.

Vikram Vedha (2017)

A reckless cop is in pursuit of an equally intelligent and ruthless gangster. As their paths converge, Vikram finds himself entangled in morally ambiguous explanations of Vedha. The characters are inspired by the stories of Indian folktale Baital Pachisi. Apart from good performances, the background score perfectly blends with the theme of the movie.

Thani Oruvan (2015)

An honest cop is up against a corrupt and greedy scientist who is willing to do anything for money. Jayam Ravi’s charisma and Arvind Swami’s has helped this film to garner many accolades including a Filmfare for the best-supporting actor (Arvind Swami) and Soth Indian International Movie Award for Best Actor (Jayam Ravi). Because of its success, the film has been remade in several languages.

Aniyan (2005)

I have never seen an actor as a versatile actor as Vikram. His every film is different from the other. Aniyan is a psychological thriller wherein the protagonist suffers from multiple personality disorder. He is a lawyer by day transforming into a justice-serving vigilante in the night. His ideas of justice are in accordance with Garuda Puran. It’s Hindi dubbed version “Aparichit” is played on television frequently which has led this film to have a massive cult following in South India and North India alike.

Kakha Kakha : The Police (2003)

Suriya has donned a police officer’s hat multiple times in his career. It all started with Kakha Kakha. I fear that he will soon be (or has already been) a typecaste in such roles. It is one of the better films of Suriya and also his first blockbuster. In this Gautam Menon movie, an unscrupulous gangster and an aggressive cop kill each other’s loved ones. Following this, the film turns into a revenge saga wherein the cop and the criminal go all out to kill each other. Like Thani Oruvan, it has been remade in various languages.  The 2011 Hindi film is a remake of this movie but it stands nowhere near to the original.

Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)

Due to traumatic experiences in childhood, the psychotic protagonist bears a terrible hatred for women. He kills them after having sex with them. The film is said to be inspired by Raman Raghav’s gruesome crimes. It is a cult classic which further reinforced movies with similar themes. It stars the evergreen on-screen couple Sridevi and Kamal Haasan. Do I have to say more?

Mersal (2017)

Some people may disagree but this is the only film worth watching. Much like his recent film Kaththi, it comes with a social message. In this film, the lead character tackles corruption. Though I am bored of watching Vijay in the same kind of roles, I find this one intriguing and to add more, the music is composed by maestro A.R. Rahman.

The interesting thing about Tamil cinema is the alacrity with which it makes thriller films and the list of Kollywood thriller films keeps on increasing manifold.

 

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