Tamil cinema has produced many great movies over the years. While many of those flicks houses fictional stories, some have been inspired by real-life heroes. But what about movies based on great personalities who also happen to be Tamilians?
This article is exactly about that. Many legendary real-life Tamil heroes have given rise to some prominent movies. While it is not possible to list out all such films, we have chosen some of the best flicks, based on the magnitude of the person showcased.
Interestingly, many movies have been fabricated that exhibits the real life struggles of freedom fighters. But a few bold directors have taken the liberty to narrate the story of a person, whom some might consider as a wrongdoer.
A film like 'Ulaganayagan' Kamal Haasan's Nayagan for instance, talks about a real-life Bombay underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar. Though people might call Varadarajan Mudaliar a lawbreaker, he is still etched as a Robin Hood like hero in the minds of many South Indians.
Though Nayagan was blessed enough to attract critical appreciation as well as lots of dough at the box office, many films that immortalize real-life greats have failed to make its respective producers happy, thanks to the non-commercial elements these movie carries.
Having said that, filmmakers shouldn't be deterred from producing such high quality movies as films like these might inspire thousands or even lakhs to do good deeds to themselves and to their society.
More importantly, such flicks showcase the struggles and triumphs of illustrious human beings, thereby educating one and all about their greatness.
Apart from making sure that people of this generation get to know about these icons in the most entertaining way possible, these films also exposes today's kids to some of the greatest personalities they would ever come across.
Check out the slides below for some of the movies based on the real-life incidents of great Tamil heroes:
Veerapandiya Kattabomman was an 18th century King from Panchalankurichi, who waged a war against the British East India Company. The film based on him has Sivaji Ganesan playing the lead.
Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi (Bharathiyar)
Bharathiyar was a poet, Indian independence activist, social reformer and journalist. Fondly called as 'Mahakavi Bharathi', he is considered as one of the greatest Tamil writers of all time. The movie based on him is titled Bharathi and has Sayaji Shinde in the lead.
Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar was a mathematician and self-taught person who, with almost no formal training in mathematics, made unbelievable contributions to mathematical analysis, continued fractions, number theory and infinite series. The film titled Ramanujan released in the year 2014.
Periyar E. V. Ramasamy
Erode Venkata Ramasamy was a businessman, politician and social activist, who started the Self-Respect Movement or the Dravidian Movement. Sathyaraj enacted him in the film titled, Periyar which was released in 2007.
Valliappan Olaganathan Chidambaram Pillai
V. O. Chidambaram Pillai was a Tamil political leader. He launched the first aboriginal Indian shipping service from Tuticorin to Colombo with the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company, competing against the British ships. Sivaji Ganesan enacted him in the film titled, Kappalottiya Thamizhan.
Varadarajan Mudaliar was a Bombay underworld don who reformed the lives of many South Indians living in Bombay at his time. Kamal Haasan portrayed the role of Velu Nayagan in the movie Nayagan that was based on the real-life incidents of Varadarajan Mudaliar.