It's the auspicious day of Eid and it's time to celebrate it FilmiBeat style. As a part of the celebrations, we have come up with 6 Tamil films in which interreligious romance between Hindu and a Muslim has been highlighted.
These movies go on to show that love has no barriers whatsoever, let alone religious constraints. Love stories featuring a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl or vice versa have always fascinated Tamil filmmakers over the years and I doubt it will be any different in years to come.
While some of the movies have worked at the box office, a few have gone unnoticed, nevertheless, the efforts put in by filmmakers to highlight the importance of interfaith romances or marriages has to be appreciated.
Before we get to know about such movies, let us first feed ourselves with some useful information regarding this auspicious day which is celebrated as a festival by Muslims.
Eid al-Fitr or simply Eid celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of fasting (dawn to dusk) which is followed during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal.
Without further ado, let us now look at 6 Tamil films which has portrayed interreligious romance in the slides below:
This Mani Ratnam directorial would probably be the first film to strike any Tamil movie buffs mind while thinking about interfaith romance. The story revolves around a Hindu boy who falls in love with a Muslim girl. In spite of many oppositions they get married and begin their life in Mumbai, then Bombay.
Initially set in the 70s, this film directed by Cheran is about a romantic relationship between a marine engineer (played by Cheran) and a Nagore girl named Nadira (played by Padmapriya).
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu
Directed by R Sundarrajan, Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu features a love story between a Hindu boy (Subramani) and a Muslim girl (Noorjahan). Their romance however fails to materialize as Noorjahan dies unexpectedly in an accident.
Directed by Kamal Haasan, Vishwaroopam is not exactly about interfaith romance but the movie showcases a failed marriage between a Hindu girl and her Muslim husband. In the end they find a way to consummate their marriage.
Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai
Directed by Mithran Jawahar, starring Gowtham and Isha Talwar in the lead roles, Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai is a remake of a Malayalam hit film, Thattathin Marayathu. The film revolves around a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl who fall in love with each other.
Jairam is the Tamil dubbed version of Jai (Telugu). Once again this film narrates a love story between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl. It also intertwines this romance with patriotism.