6 Sports-based Tamil Movies to Get You Pumped

The COVID-19 crisis has restricted us mentally and physically in so many ways. It has forced us to find innovative methods of keeping fit with makeshift home gyms, living room yoga routines and even little runs inside the house! Here is some more motivation to lift your spirits up with these sports-based Tamil movies.

Irudhi Suttru (2016)

Shunned by the boxing association due to dirty politics, a gifted former boxer Prabhu Selvaraj (R Madhavan) makes it his life’s goal to train a feisty young talent from a lower caste fishing hamlet Ezhil Madhi (Ritika Singh). Irudhi Suttru directed by Sudha Kongara is a film that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and its strength to battle the demons of the mind. The boxing sequences are picturised authentically and aesthetically. Madhavan as always proves his pedigree and Ritika Singh makes an impressive debut.

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Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu (2009)

Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu is a sports drama that revolves around the story of a group of young villagers who play kabaddi with a sincerity and passion but are ridiculed and trivialised by their community until they get a chance in a high profile tournament to prove their worth. Introducing Vishnu Vishal and a host of other newcomers, the film is engaging and energetic and culminates in a climax that is unexpected and interesting. Directed by debutant director Susindran, the film opened to excellent reviews and enjoyed a good run at the box office.

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Ethir Neechal (2013)

Kunjithapadam or Kunji (Sivakarthikeyan) who is ashamed of his name changes it to Harish to boost his self-confidence. Encouraged further by his girlfriend (Priya Anand), he decides to enrol in the Chennai marathon and in the process meets Valli (Nandita) a former athlete whose career was destroyed by corruption and a subsequent accident. When she agrees to train him, Harish sheds his superficial insecurities to realise what is important in life. Funny and lighthearted with a relevant message, Ethirneechal is an entertaining film that puts forth some salient points.

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Bigil (2019)

2019’s high profile film Bigil stars Vijay as a hot-blooded young son a of don, who lets his footballing career fall by the wayside after his father’s murder. When he gets an opportunity to coach a women’s football team, his life changes dramatically. Bigil highlights many of the conventional expectations that women are burdened with and the societal hurdles they have to cross to fulfil their desires. Unfortunately, these messages are gift wrapped to appeal to Vijay’s mass audience and thus magnify his presence more than the actual script and the women in it. Nevertheless, Bigil has some interesting characters and is a good one time watch.

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Chennai 600028 (2007)

Cricket and movies are synonymous with Indian culture. So naturally, a movie about cricket is a fantastic coalition for success. Chennai 600028 directed by debutant Venkat Prabhu is an entertaining sports comedy set against the backdrop of gully cricket. It follows the friendship, love and trials of a bunch of comrades and rivals in Chennai’s suburban areas. The street cricket scenes are captured authentically and allow the audience to invest in the narrative. The film was a huge success and a subsequent sequel was made.

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M Kumaran S/O of Mahalakshmi (2004)

A doting single mom Mahalakshmi (Nadiya) confesses to her son Kumaran (Jayam Ravi) on her death bed about the existence of his father Eshwar (Prakash Raj), a famous kickboxer in Malaysia and pleads for them to unite. As father and son tread on eggshells and struggle to find common ground, Eashwar discovers Kumaran’s talent for kickboxing. M Kumaran is a well-written film that portrays a mother-son relationship naturally. Both Mahalakshmi and Eashwar are also well-etched characters with Nadiya and Prakashraj doing full justice to the roles.

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We hope the adrenaline gets pumping and those endorphins are released after watching these films!

Sharanya Sankar: Mom. Bookworm. Cinephile.