Cinema is where reel and reality converge. Cinema brings the real world a step closer to the audiences. Fiction is replaced by real-life incidents and heroes are born. There have been many portrayals on the big screen that depict true stories and the Tamil film industry is not left untouched by this phenomena either. Here is a list of Tamil movies based on true stories:
Four labourers are tortured by the police to confess to a theft they have not committed.
Director: Vetrimaaran. Stars: Dinesh, Samuthirakani, Anandhi, Murugadass
Kathakali (I) (2016)
An honest, simple common man is caught in a web of problems when is he accused of killing the leader of a local rowdy gang.
Director: Pandiraj. Stars: Vishal, Catherine Tresa, Karunas, Imman Annachi
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012)
A young man forgets a few years of his life, even as he is about to get married.
Director: Balaji Tharaneetharan. Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie, Bagavathi Perumal, Rajkumar
Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (2012)
A girl gets in trouble when her boyfriend films her private moments on his mobile phone without her knowledge.
Director: Balaji Sakthivel. Stars: Sri, Mithun Murali, Urmila Mahanta, Manisha Yadav
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)
Theeran, a police officer, tries to decode a series of cold blood events based on the same pattern.
Director: H. Vinoth. Stars: Karthi, Rakul Preet Singh, Abhimanyu Singh, Bose Venkat
The House Next Door (2017)
A young married couple begins to encounter several paranormal attacks when a family moves into a neighboring house that is being haunted by a vengeful spirit, which leads them to perform an exorcism in order to help save the neighbors.
Director: Milind Rau. Stars: Prakash Belawadi, Khushi Hajare, Andrea Jeremiah, Atul Kulkarni
Aishwarya, a convent-girl from a wealthy family in the town of Madurai (Tamil Nadu) falls in love with a young motor-mechanic, Murugan whom she encounters in the street.
Director: Balaji Sakthivel. Stars: Bharath Srinivasan, Sandhya, Sukumar, Kadhal Thandapani
A common man’s struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.
Director: Mani Ratnam. Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh, Janagaraj
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.
Director: Mani Ratnam. Stars: Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Gautami
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.
Director: Mani Ratnam. Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Nassar, Kitty
A group of nine childhood friends join an arts college together in a small town. Soon, Shobana becomes a part of their group, joining in the fun and games. Muthu eventually falls in love with her.
Director: Balaji Sakthivel. Stars: Akhil, Thisaigal Arunkumar, Tanikella Bharani, Tamannaah Bhatia
Sivadas (Kishore) is a tough-talking encounter specialist in the police department. He has a mission to pin down a gangster and mercenary and is hot on his trail.
Director: Kumaravelan. Stars: Kishore Kumar G., Sneha, Prithviraj Das, Soori
A rich man becomes a beggar for 48 days in order to save his mother.
Director: Sasi. Stars: Vijay Antony, Satna Titus, Bagavathi Perumal, Muthuraman
Meesaya murukku (2017)
A semi-biopic of how India’s first Tamil Hip-Hop band, Hip-hop Tamizha came to be and the struggles front man Adhi faced in life, both in personal and professional frontiers.
Director: Hiphop Tamizha Adhi. Stars: Hiphop Tamizha Adhi, Aathmika, Ma Ka Pa Anand, Anbu
Yagavarayinum Naa Kakka (2015)
Saga from a middle-class family has three close friends at college, each of them having an affluent background. They decide to prolong their student life by skipping their exams.
Director: Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty. Stars: Aadhi, Nikki Galrani, Mithun Chakraborty, Pasupathy
Nadunisi Naaygal (2011)
Having suffered sexual abuse as a child, Veera grows into a Psycho obsessed with sex and kills for pleasure.
Director: Gautham Menon. Stars: Veera Bahu, Sameera Reddy, Deva, Swapna Abraham
True stories depicted in the cinema gives you just another excuse to go and watch a movie. The thrilling depiction by the movie director of a person’s life or events in a matter of a few hours is commendable.