Here’s A Perfect Potpourri of Tamil Films on Zee 5

Months have passed and many places are slowly getting back to some sort of regularity while others are still weighed down by the impact of this pandemic. Whatever be our physical and mental space right now, we need to embrace the new normal and adhere to all the safety norms for just a little while longer. One of the best ways to do that is to stream movies endlessly of course! Here are a few eclectic movie selections streaming on Zee 5 for your week’s viewing.

Jiivi ( 2019)

Jiivi directed by V J Gopinath and written by Babu Tamizh is a drama thriller that received positive responses last year during its release and stars Vetri Karunakaran, Monica Chinnakotta and Rohini in prominent roles. Saravanan played by Vetri is an uneducated but well-read man who struggles to get by with his meagre earnings in a tea stall. Desperate for greener pastures, he decides to rob his landlady (Rohini) only to realise that life and its vagaries always catch up in strange ways.

Kolamaavu Kokila (2018)

Kokila played by Nayanthara is a young girl whose mother (Saranya Ponvannan) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Unable to amass enough money for the treatment, she ventures into the drug trafficking route and gets herself involved with dangerous drug mafia gangs in Tamil Nadu thus putting her life and her family’s at risk. The film was a commercial and critical success as it combined dark humour with action in a plot that was refreshingly different.

Uttama Villain (2015)

Uttama Villain directed by Ramesh Aravind boasts of an envious entourage of prominent actors that include Kamal Haasan, K Balachander, Nasser, Urvashi, Jayaram, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Andrea Jeremiah and others. When Manoranjan a superstar actor played by Kamal Haasan realizes that he has precious little time to live due to a brain tumour, he urges his mentor and director Margadarisi (K Balachander) to direct him in one last magnum opus. As the folk comedy script of a man cheating death unravels, Manoranjan has to sort out the creases in his real life and family too before leaving the earth

Vikram Vedha (2017)

Vikram Vedha directed by Pushkar and Gayatri was one of the highest grossers of 2017 featuring two dependable character actors R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy. The story is borrowed from the framework of the popular moral myths of King Vikramaditya’s intellectual challenges with Betal. Vikram Vedha is an intelligent interpretation fashioned as a cop-gangster showdown.R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy are brilliant as sparring rivals challenging the concept of right and wrong and blurring the lines of justice

Mersal (2017)

In Mersal, Vijay plays a triple role for the first time in his career opposite three popular heroines Nithya Menen, Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha with S J Suryah, Sathyaraj, Vadivelu and Kovai Sarala completing the star-studded cast. Maaran, a doctor is falsely accused of killing his colleague. He soon discovers that the crime has been committed by his look-alike who aims to shed light on the corruption that is rampant in the medical industry. This is an out and out Vijay fest and a treat if you are a die-hard fan of the actor

Kayal (2014)

Directed by Prabhu Solomon with music by D Imman, Kayal is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and Tsunami. The film stars newcomers Chandran and Anandhi in the lead roles. Aaron ( Chandran) falls in love with Kayalvizhi (Anandhi) at first sight but she does not reciprocate.As time goes on, her feelings for him heightens but unfortunately, they have to part ways. Is it their destiny to unite again amidst the many obstacles in their path? The film tackles these issues and more.

Kanaa (2018)

When Kausalya a talented daughter of a humble farmer Murugesan dreams of playing cricket for the nation, she faces many insurmountable challenges as a result of systemic corruption and manipulation. Yet with the support of her father who refuses to let her give up on her aspirations, she perseveres and proves her worth. Aishwarya Rajesh and Sathyaraj in the pivotal roles invest sincerity and emotion in their characters. The film is directed by Arunraja Kamaraj and was well appreciated by the Tamil audiences.

Yamirrukka Bayamey (2014)

Yamirukka Bayamey is a horror-comedy written and directed by debutant Deekay and stars Kreshna, Oviya, Karunakaran and Rupa Manjari. It is based on the 1998 Korean film The Quiet Family. Kiran and Sharath renovate an old mansion into a luxurious hotel. However, when customers begin to die mysteriously and unexpectedly, they come to realise that the hotel is haunted. The film appealed to the viewers and was a commercial hit.

We hope that you enjoy the diversity of these films on offer. Stay safe, keep streaming and do not forget to mark your calendars and update your Zee 5 subscriptions for the next big Tamil release, Danny, on August 1st.

Sharanya Sankar: Mom. Bookworm. Cinephile.