Every cloud has a silver lining they say. The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has given us the opportunity to rethink our lives for the better. One of the positives is the quality time that we have gained with our families. On Father’s day, let us celebrate our heroes, our dads for their unconditional love and support they have given us over the years. A perfect way to make them feel special is to watch the following movies that honour wonderful fathers in Tamil cinema.

Thanga Meenkal (2013)

Thanga Meenkal is a touching story about a father-daughter relationship that sheds light on the importance of happiness and love over the pressures of academic and social standing. While Kalyani (Ram) struggles to make ends meet to earn a decent living, his daughter Chellama (Baby Sadhana) is a wild spirited joyful girl who faces multiple problems with studies friends and teachers. The film is also a bold commentary on the demands of the school system and the societal compulsions to conform to a particular archetype. Competently directed by Ram with winning performances by both leads, Thanga Meenkal is a must-watch.

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Deiva Thirumagal (2011)

Krishna played by Vikram is a man with intellectual disability who raises his daughter Nila played by Baby Sara after losing his wife during childbirth. When his father in law threatens to take custody of his daughter, Krishna appoints Anuradha a lawyer (Anushka Shetty) to fight his case. Remade from the Hollywood film I am Sam, Deiva Thirumagal is a beautiful ode to the unconditional love of a father. Both protagonists share sparkling chemistry in a narrative that gives dignity and normalcy to a handicap without straying down the path of melodrama or self-pity.

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Mahanadhi (1994)

Mahanadhi starring Kamal Haasan and Sukanya is a powerful and poignant story of a man whose idyllic family life is destroyed when he is conned and imprisoned. Upon his release, he discovers the horrific truth about the deplorable existence of his children and undertakes a dangerous journey to save and avenge the injustice meted out to them. Mahanadhi is disturbing and unsettling but above all, reveals the angst and strength of a father who overcomes all odds to protect his children.

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Asuran (2019)

Asuran, another gripping offering from the winning combination of Vetrimaaran and Dhanush, portrays the lurid side of casteism and a seemingly timid father’s courageous battle to protect his son even if it means sacrificing his own. The violence is disturbing and graphic but towering performances by Dhanush who seamlessly slides into an older frame, Manju Varrier and others along with Vetrimaaran’s direction make Asuran a very worthy watch.

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Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005)

Thavamai Thavamirundhu takes the viewers on the emotional journey of an impoverished father who faces insurmountable odds to create a secure future for his sons. Directed by Cheran, the film beautifully explores themes of paternal struggles and sacrifice, gratitude and kindness. Rajkiran in his most nuanced and cultured role to date leaves a lump in the throat with his performance. Thavamai Thavamirundhu also portrays fathers in a different perspective-a diversion from the usual macho roles displayed in Tamil cinema.

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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. Kanaa is a film that reiterates the unconditional support that only a parent can give a child.

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Yennai Arindhaal (2015)

In Yennai Arindhaal Ajith plays Sathyadeva, a righteous cop who marries a single mother Hemanika(Trisha). When she is brutally murdered, Sathya Deva takes Hemanika’s daughter (Baby Anikha) under his wing and sets out to seek the killer responsible for his wife’s death. Ajith is dignified and subtle in a role that suits him well. The film also shares the important message that the love of a parent and a child is not connected by blood alone. Arun Vijay in the role that gave him prominence hits all the right notes as the chilling antagonist.

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Varanam Aayiram (2008)

Suriya in his most textured acting performance to date plays a soldier in the National Security Guard who upon hearing of his father’s demise (also played by Suriya) reminisces about various incidents from his childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Directed by Gautham Menon, Vaaranam Aayiram is a beautiful tribute to fathers and father figures everywhere sensitively portraying a father’s influence and unwavering support towards his son during times of happiness and trauma to lead him down the path of self-realisation.

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We hope that you spoil your dads rotten on their special day! For more inspiring movies to watch with them and your whole family, click below.