Sports have always been a prominent factor in our country and our filmmakers sure know how to capitalize on the craze we have for our favourite pastime.
While there are number of famous sports based movies made in Hindi, Kollywood is not far behind either in dishing out some interesting films based purely on sports.
Thanks to our love for sports, many directors have started off their careers successfully with a movie based on a particular sport and have gone on to become successful filmmakers.
Another reason for a sport based movie to do well is the inspiration one can draw from it as a viewer. One can also relate easily with these movies and the genre comes with a guaranteed entertainment.
Since sports in general is highly unpredictable, a movie based on it will usually have scope for many twists and turns and hence will make it an interesting watch even for someone who is not a sport lover.
Having said that, has Tamil movies managed to induce that unpredictability factor in all its sport based movies? Have Kollywood directors justified the genre of such movies after taking up a movie based on sport?
Find out the answers in the slides below:
Starring Ilayathalapathy Vijay in the lead, Ghilli was a blockbuster hit and became Vijay's biggest hit at the time of its release. Based on Kabaddi, the movie won National award for best dialogues.
M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
Based on boxing, M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi is directed by M. Raja and has Jayam Ravi and Asin in the lead roles. The movie generally received positive reviews and earned Jayam Ravi Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.
Though a few sport based films had already emerged in Kollywood, Chennai 600028 probably started a new, bankable trend. The film which is based on Cricket is Venkat Prabhu's debut movie who then went on to become a successful director in Tamil cinema.
Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu
Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu is a movie based on Kabaddi. Being a debut film for director Susindran and actor Vishal, high hopes were pinned on this movie and it paid off as it was celebrated critically as well as commercially giving a perfect start for both director and the actor.
While there are not many movies based on Basketball, Vallinam was a refreshing attempt by its director Arivazhagan Venkatachalam. The film opened to positive reviews from critics and audience and also gave Sabu Joseph VJ a National Award for Best Editing.
Though Aadukalam is based on a sport which is widely banned, the movie conveyed with ease the passion people have for this ancient game, Cockfight. Apart from being a commercial success, Aadukalam won six awards at the 58th National Film Awards.
Director Suseenthiran joined hands with Vishal for the second time and it was for yet another sport based movie. The game being Cricket this time around, Jeeva enjoyed positive reviews from critics and fans.
Being a film based on Marathon, Ethir Neechal was crafted well by directed RS Durai Senthilkumar with Sivakarthikeyan in the lead. The movie received positive reviews from critics and was also a super hit at the box office.
Directed by Arun Prasad, Badri yet again features Vijay in the lead and is based on Kickboxing. The movie opened to highly positive reviews from critics and was declared super hit. Badri yet again proved that movie based on a sport seldom fails.
Though Maan Karate is not a film which is completely based on a sport, Boxing has some significance in the movie. Opening to mixed reviews from critics, the movie was declared a super-hit.
Starring Sibiraj, Prakash Raj and Nila in the lead roles, Lee is film based on Football. It was directed by Prabu Solomon of Kumki fame and received positive reviews from critics.
Featuring ex-cricketer Sadagoppan Ramesh in the lead, Potta Potti is based on Cricket laced with comedy. The movie generally garnered positive reviews from the critics and fans alike.