Love is all we want; love is all we need – now more than ever. In these gloomy, uncertain, frustrating times, all of us could use some positive vibes. Spread love, not the virus by streaming these sweet, romantic Tamil movies on lazy evenings.

Alaipayuthey (2000)

R. Madhavan became the heartthrob of many young girls in his debut film Alaipayudey,a charming romance about an idealistic couple who fall in love and elope only to realise that life isn’t a bed of roses. Also starring Shalini, the film has Mani Ratnam’s stamp of breezy dialogues, melodious tunes and facile chemistry between the leads that made it hugely successful in the box office.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Madharasapattinam (2010)

A fictional love story set in the pre-independence era, Madrasapattinam revolves around a daughter of a British Governor who falls for a simple village boy. While the story is improbable, its natural and authentic treatment struck a chord with the viewers. With a realistic recreation of the old city of Chennai (then Madras) and its famous landmarks coupled with interesting supporting characters, Madrasapattinam is an enjoyable watch.

Streaming on YouTube

96 (2018)

When two high school sweethearts meet at their school reunion 22 years later, old feelings and memories are rekindled. 96 is a mature and layered love story that invests in genuine believable characters and situations. With a non-linear narrative technique, the film sensitively touches upon the vagaries of unrequited love. Vijay Sethupathy and Trisha are cultured and nuanced as the protagonists, making 96 a big blockbuster.

Streaming on YouTube

Raja Rani (2013)

In Raja Rani, John and Regina (played by Arya and Nayanthara) are forced into a marriage against their wishes. As they struggle through their predicament,they learn about their traumatic past relationships with Surya and Keertana (played by Jai and Nazriya). Directed by debutant Atlee, Raja Rani has an urban quality and a contemporary feel that appeals to the young viewers. It packs some nice lighthearted moments with emotive drama.

Streaming on Disney Hotstar

Ok Kanmani (2015)

With Ok Kanmani, Mani Ratnam reverts to his successful formula of urban romances. Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menen play a young couple in a live-in relationship who believe that marriage isn’t their cup of tea until they observe and interact with a committed older couple (Prakash Raj and Leela Sanson) who redefine the meaning and boundaries of love for them. With measured and mature performances by the four amazing actors, Ok Kanmani is a pleasant ode to love and relationships during modern times.

Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime

Punnagai Mannan (1986)

A romantic drama, Punnagai Mannan features Kamal Haasan as a dance instructor, who with his uncle’s support (also played by Kamal Haasan) attempts to overcome a horrific tragedy and experiences a catharsis when saving a young girl (Revathy) from suicide. As his feelings for her become stronger, his past comes back to haunt him. Punnagai Mannan is a love story in the inimitable style of K Balachander who extracts inspired performances from his lead actors. The movie was a big grosser and ran for 25 weeks continuously at the box office.

Streaming on Jio Cinema, Eros Now

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