70 years of Independence and the film industry has contributed largely towards spreading the importance of Independence, unveiling the unknowns aspects of the National Movement. The filmmakers of Tamil Cinema have made quite a lot of patriotic movies which does enlighten the feeling of Nationalism within a citizen.
Mani Ratnam seeked the nation’s attention by his film ‘Roja’ in the year 1992 which became the best film on National Integration that year. Moreover, a special movie for the Mozart of Madras as this film remarks his prosperous debut to the industry. A group of terrorists whose objective is to make Kashmir an independent province and also to emancipate one of the leaders, Wasim Khan who is under the custody of Indian forces. Rishi (
Arvind Swamy) and Roja (Madhoo) move to Kashmir as Rishi got assigned for duty in the intercept military intelligence. The movies takes a drastic turn when Rishi gets abducted by the terrorists to get their wihes fulfilled. Mani Ratnam wanted the movie to be shot in Kashmir, but the ultimate terrorism out there did not allow the shooting to take place. Therefore, the scenes were shot in Coonoor, Ooty and Himachal Pradesh which were parallel to the valleys of Kashmir. The film was convincing to the audience, inculcating the notion to destroy terrorism and formulate peace.
One of the most watched films of Mani Ratnam and A R Rahman, ‘Bombay’. A movie followed by Roja in 1992 and
Dil Se in 1998, released in the year 1995 which speaks about the impact on people due to political apathies. The movie shows the complications which a couple faces when married from different religions and also dealing with the political scenario. A Hindu man, Shekar falls for a Muslim girl, Shaila Banu. They sneak off and get married to start a family. They raise twin boys, one as Hindu and the other as Muslim. They lead a blissful life until the riots that break out in Bombay upon demolition of Babri Masjid.
A semi-fictional film by the dexterous, perseverant and the versatile Ulaganayakan
Kamal Haasan. Hey Ram is based on India’s partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Godse. The plot was written by Kamal Haasan and he wanted to convey a patriotic message through this movie. The movie did face glitches due to the portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi imprecisely. The film also stars
Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee. ‘Hey Ram,’ depicts how a commoner deals with the situation when they come across communal imbalance. The Film Federation of India committee nominated ‘Hey Ram’ for the Academy Awards in the year 2000.
4. Unnaipol Oruvan
Neeraj Pandey’s ‘
A Wednesday!’ remade in Tamil as ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’. Kamal Haasan and Mohan Lal taking the chief roles in the film, Kamal Haasan as a commoner and Mohan Lal as Raghava Maraar who informs about parallel blasting of bombs. He wanted four terrorists to be liberated who were responsible for terror attacks in India. The Inspector General was impelled to release the terrorist for the welfare of the nation but Mohan Lal is perplexed when Kamal kills three of the terrorists. The movie relates to how the political anguish is causes annoyance to the commanders and is a reality check to the governing authorities.
A 70-year-old man fumed with the corruption prevailing in the nation, steps forward with a notion to dispatch the ones responsible for it. Kamal Haasan plays a double role in the movie as a father and as the son (Chandru). Chandru works as a bribe-broker outside the Regional Transport Office. The film talks about the lives of commoners who are effected due to the ill activities taking place. The movie is directed by Shankar and
Urmila Matondkar, Sukanya and Goundamani playing a focal part in the film.
Vijay and Kajal Agarwal in AR Murugadoss’ ‘Thuppakki’.
Vidyut Jamwal plays tahe negative role in the movie. A good number of the audience turned out to watch this blockbuster increasing the box office collection. An intelligence officer from the Indian Army steps out and conspires to eradicate terrorism. The film made people realize the difficult life, the commitment, the love and the priority which an army man possesses for his nation. The film’s success urged the ‘khiladi of Bollywood,’
Akshay Kumar to deliver it to the Hindi speaking audience.
A rare concept of one day CM, S. Shankar and his skills nailed the industry with his political thriller ‘Mudhalvan.’
Arjun Sarja and Manisha Koirala playing the chief roles and Lt. Raghuvaran being the antagonist. A television journalist interviews the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and faces a challenge of being the CM of the state for 24 hours. Taking up the post courageously and with dignity, Arjun uses the time and power efficiently. He ensures welfare for the citizens of the state and strives optimistically with his struggles. Inspired by the success of the film in South India, a Hindi remake of the movie was soon released as ‘Nayak’ starring
Anil Kapoor in the lead role.
The movie is a biographical account of - Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyaar, a social reformer and freedom fighter for the Independence of India. ‘Bharathi’ secured the National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil and the star-cast consisted of
Nizhalgal Ravi and Devayani. The film pictures his struggles during the time of National Movement and the tortures given by the British. Devyani plays the role of Chellamma, his wife with extreme perfection. Sayaji Shinde’s performance left the audience in awe. Bharathiyaar’s writings ignited the conviction to attain freedom in the minds of the citizens.
A movie based on a leader who defied the English East India Company.
Gemini Ganesan, S. Varalakshmi, Ragini and Padmini played the lead roles. V. K. Ramasamy and Javar Seetharaman played the supporting roles. The movie released in the year 1959 and the performance delivered by Sivaji Ganesan left an eternal impression in people’s minds. National Award for Feature Film in Tamil was awarded for this movie.
A love story during the period before 1947, a British girl falls for an Indian boy. The film portrays British India and the culture during those times.
Amy Jackson as Amy and Arya as Parithi play the lead roles. The film also stars Nassar,
Cochin Haneefa, and Alexx O’Nell. Amy plays the role of the daughter of the Madras Presidency Governor and visits Madras when she meets Parithi. She adores the wrestler’s skills and addresses him as ‘Brave Man.’ Both of them become close to each and start loitering around. On August 15, 1947, the entire country was full of elation but it was not a pleasant day for them. They tried to elope but it was a failed attempt. Amy goes back to Britain and returns to India years later with her granddaughter in search of Parithi.