It’s not all about the mothers in Tamil films. Dads have been getting their fair share of limelight in Kollywood movies of recent times. Here’s a round-up of twelve best father-centred Tamil flicks to have graced the big screens within the past three decades. You really should be watching one of these with your old man this Father’s Day!
1. Abhiyum Naanum (2008)
Cast: Prakash Raj, Trisha Krishnan, Ganesh Venkatraman, Aishwarya and Prithiviraj
In a nutshell: A doting father (Prakash Raj) of an only daughter (Trisha Krishnan) struggles to come to terms with the freedom that accompanies each milestone of her young life, with her marriage to a man (Ganesh Venkatraman) of a different religion being the hardest of them all.
2. Deiva Thirumagal (2011)
Cast: Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul, Santhanam and Nassar
In a nutshell: An autistic man (Vikram) with the mental maturity of a five-year-old battles for custody of his motherless young daughter with the help of a lawyer (Anushka Shetty) who sympathises with him upon hearing his pitiful story.
3. Em Magan (2006)
Cast: Bharath, Gopika, Nassar, Saranya Ponvannan and Vadivelu
In a nutshell: An authoritative and egoistic father (Nassar) serves as a constant source of fear and discomfort for his undergraduate son (Bharath) who helps out in his provision store. How he comes to eventually accept his son’s success and growth later in life forms the crux of the plot.
4. Haridas (2013)
Cast: Kishore, Sneha, Prithiviraj Das, Soori and Pradeep Rawat
In a nutshell: A policeman (Kishore) struggles to understand the mind of his motherless autistic son (Prithiviraj Das) who appears to live in a world of his own. He enrols the boy in a mainstream school and there meets a caring teacher (Sneha) who changes both their lives for the better.
5. Nayagan (1987)
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Karthika, Janakaraj and Delhi Ganesh
In a nutshell: Having been responsible for rendering a mentally handicapped boy fatherless, an influential don (Kamal Haasan) cares for the boy for the rest of his life. A tragic twist in fate results in the later grown up boy finding out his godfather’s flaw, leading to the film’s climax.
6. Papanasam (2015)
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Gautami Tadimalla, Niveda Thomas, Esther Anil and Asha Sarath
In a nutshell: A hardworking cable TV operator (Kamal Haasan) resorts to a series of intelligent and desperate measures in order to protect his family from the dark side of the law when his elder daughter (Niveda Thomas) kills her blackmailing college mate unintentionally.
7. Santhosh Subramaniam (2008)
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Genelia D’Souza and Prakash Raj
In a nutshell: The son (Jayam Ravi) of a wealthy and strict businessman (Prakash Raj) abides by his father’s decisions while secretly yearning for independence. His emotional meltdown which leads to his father’s realisation that he has clamped down on the family’s freedom in the name of care forms the film’s climax.
8. Sigaram Thodu (2014)
Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Monal Gajjar, Sathyaraj and Gaurav Narayanan
In a nutshell: The only son (Vikram Prabhu) of a former policeman (Sathyaraj) is burdened by his father’s wish for him to follow in his footsteps and obtain a gallantry medal. He wants to be a bank manager but his plans are foiled when fate forces him to take up a job in the force and chase a pair of bank robbers.
9. Thanga Meengal (2013)
Cast: Ram, Sadhana and Shelly Kishore
In a nutshell: A poor man (Ram) who struggles to make ends meet while trying not to live off his father wants to keep his eight-year-old daughter (Sadhana) happy at all costs. The film is a coming-of-age tale told from the perspective of the carefree young girl.
10. Thavamai Thavamirunthu (2005)
Cast: Cheran, Padmapriya, Rajkiran, Saranya Ponvannan and Senthil Kumar
In a nutshell: An illiterate man (Rajkiran) who lives in a village goes out of his way to provide a good education for his two sons. The story is narrated by the younger son (Cheran) who recounts his memories of his father when he visits him in the hospital with death beckoning.
11. Varanam Aayiram (2008)
Cast: Surya Sivakumar, Simran, Sameera Reddy and Divya Spandana
In a nutshell: While a man (Surya Sivakumar) is on a military mission, he receives news of his father’s (also played by Surya Sivakumar) death which triggers his memories of his relationship with him. The film traces the protagonist’s father’s impact on the romantic and tragic happenings in his youth.
12. Yennai Arindhaal (2015)
Cast: Ajith Kumar, Trisha Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Arun Vijay and Nassar
In a nutshell: A policeman (Ajith Kumar) readily accepts a woman (Trisha Krishnan) with a child as his love interest and goes on to care for the girl like his own daughter after her mother dies on the day they were meaning to get married.