Tamil cinema is known for films that glorify heroes. Mostly commercial themes dominate the big screen. Rarely they come out with works that are centered around children. “A lot of movies are made for children in the West. Unfortunately we are far behind. Our contemporary films preach bad values and corrupts young minds,” says Indhuja, a film critic.
On the eve of Children’s Day, News Today takes a look at some films released in the recent years that spoke about the future generation.
Directed by Pandiraj, the movie was about the psychology of children. Kishore DS, Sree Raam and Pandian played the lead roles. The film, produced by Sasikumar and scored by James Vasanthan, who both rose to fame with the 2008 hit film Subramaniyapuram was critically acclaimed and ended up winning three National Film Awards and several other honours at various international film festivals. Pandiraj even came up with a sequel for Pasanga, bankrolled by Suriya.
Director Vijay’s Deiva Thirumagal completed its 100-day run at the box office and became a success. The film was inspired by the 2001 Hollywood film, I Am Sam. Vikram and Baby Sarah played the lead along with Anushka Shetty and Amala Paul. Deiva Thirumagal narrates the poignant tale of a single father with intellectual and developmental disabilities, engaged in a legal battle to win the custody of his young daughter.
A movie on family relationships, Thalaimuraigal revolved around the unshakable bond between a grandfather and his grandson. This was legendary filmmaker Balu Mahendra’s last movie. The movie went on to win Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration.
Directed by GNR Kumaravel, the movie featured master Prithviraj Das, Sneha and Kishore in the lead. It was about a single father struggling to understand the emotional and physical needs of his autistic son. The film went on to win several awards.
Directed by AL Vijay, the movie spoke for vegetarianism and the need to ban slaughter of animals. A little girl is the darling of the house. She is fond of her pet rooster Paapa, but her grandfather plans to offer Paapa as a sacrifice to their God in the interest of his family. What happens when the rooster goes missing forms the crux. Sara Arjun played the young kid.
A Ram’s directorial, it featured baby Sadhana in the lead. It spoke about the special bonding shared bteween a young girl and her father. Besides wielding the megaphone, Ram played the lead role in the film. Baby Sadhana won the National award for best cjhild artiste.
Kaaka Muttai was written and directed by Manikandan. Jointly produced by Dhanush and Vetrimaaran and distributed by Fox Star Studios, it featured newcomers, Vignesh and Ramesh, in the lead roles alongside Aishwarya Rajesh. And has music composed by G V Prakash Kumar.
The story revolved around two slum children of Chennai whose desire is to taste a pizza. It went on to win two National Film Awards – Best Children’s Film and Best Child Artists (Ramesh and Vignesh).