IPL has come to a close with Chennai Super Kings emerging the champion. In a land where cinema and cricket are like religions, Kollywood has regularly churned out movies that have the popular sport as their backdrop.
This week, Mykollywood.com takes a look at some interesting films that have cricket or cricketers an integral part of their storyline.
A trendsetter, ‘Chennai 28’ directed by Venkat Prabhu is based on gully cricket. The film stars Jai, Shiva, Premji Amaran, Aravind Akash, Nithin Sathya and Vijayalakshmi in the lead.
The film was produced by SPB Charan. Yuvan Shankar Raja scored the music for the movie, which is based on street cricket, focussing on various themes as friendship, love and rivalry.
The film’s title is derived from the pincode for Mandaveli, an area of Chennai, where the story takes place. The success of the film gained the relatively unknown actors — Jai, Shiva, Premji Amaren and Nithin Sathya, newcomers Vijayalakshmi, Vijay Vasanth and the director Venkat Prabhu popularity. Recently, the team came out with a sequel titled ‘Chennai 28-II’.
The film helmed by late cinematographer-director Jeeva is all about a group of five college friends – Shaam (Shaam), Imman (Arya), Pooja (Laila), Priya (Asin) and Irene (Pooja).
The friends gather for the wedding of Imman, a popular cricket player who plays for the country. There begins the movie with a flashback, all recollecting their college days.
The film released after several delays in 2005 and went on to win critical and commercial success. The film surprisingly opened at number two at the Chennai box office despite competition, just below the Rajinikanth starrer ‘Chandramukhi’.
It is a 2003 Tamil film written directed by Vikraman and produced by AVM Studios. The film stars Madhavan, Jyothika and Sreedevi Vijayakumar in the lead roles while Vineeth, Livingston and Manivannan playing other supporting roles.
Ashok (Madhavan) and Julie (Sreedevi) are childhood friends who always are together wherever they go, resulting people to mistake them as lovers. After the death of Julie’s father Peter, Ashok brought Julie to his house which infuriates his father, brother, and sister-in-law. The heated argument finally ends with Ashok’s father agreeing to let Julie to stay in the house.
Ashok is a cricketer who also runs a video coverage shop with the help of Julie’s money. Julie got attracted to Michael, also a cricket player and Ashok happens to be his main rival for a place in Indian cricket team. Eventually Ashok gets selected to play in the Indian cricket team.
When Ashok goes to Michael’s father to ask in hand for marriage, the latter strikes a deal with Ashok that the marriage between his son and Julie will only take place if Ashok steps down and let Michael substitute him and also for Ashok to cut friendship with Julie so he does not interfere in Michael’s and Julie’s way, to which Ashok agrees.
It is a 2014 Indian Tamil sports drama film written and directed by Suseenthiran. The movie features Vishnu and Sri Divya in the lead cast.
This film is about a young aspiring cricketer Jeeva, who dreams of playing for the Indian cricket team one day. The films begins with Jeeva, sitting in a park bench and starts to narrate his life story.
He is a lower middle class boy, who from the very young age is interested in cricket. He sees Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. Though his father initially does not support him, he later starts to do so on the request of his friend. Jeeva grows up and becomes a part of the school team. He excels in his game and turns out to be a star player. Seeing his performances, a local cricket club offers him a chance to join and train with them, for which his father disagrees saying that his academic performance is poor due to cricket and he may not get a job in future.
In between Jeeva falls in love with his neighbour girl and they are broken up when their family comes to know about this. Jeeva starts to drink due to this heartbreak. So to make him concentrate on good deeds again, Jeeva’s father agrees to let him join the cricket club.
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It is a 2012 Indian Tamil black comedy film and the directorial debut for Balaji Tharaneetharan. Featuring Vijay Sethupathi and Gayathrie Shankar in the lead roles, the plot revolves around a young man who forgets a full year of his life, two days before his wedding.
Prem Kumar (Vijay Sethupathi) is all set to get married to his lover Dhanalakshmi (Gayathrie Shankar). Two days before his wedding, Prem decides to try his hand at playing cricket with his friends — Bagavathi (Bagavathi Perumal), Balaji Tharaneetharan (Rajkumar) and Saras (Vigneswaran).
The game gets a little serious as Prem in a bid to catch a ball falls down only to get injured in his head. He quickly gets back on his toes as the injury is not serious. But soon after the match, the friends are in for a shock.
Due to the injury, Prem develops retrograde amnesia and short-term memory loss, wherein he remembers the chain of events which leads to the injury but forgets the last one year of his life and fails to remember everything after the injury.
It is a 2011 sports-comedy film written and directed by newcomer Yuvaraj Dhayalan, featuring cricketer Sadagoppan Ramesh in the starring role alongside several newcomers.
Two men, Kodaivannan and Kolaivannan, of a remote village decide to marry a rich girl. But the catch is- those who win a cricket match is only eligible to marry that girl.
Kodaivannan’s team kidnaps the real cricketer, Sadagoppan Ramesh, while he was on his way to Thekkady. Kolaivannan hires his coach from a greedy big shot from Chennai who eyes the big land of this village for his business.
Now, the teams have one more reason to fight against each other, the ‘bad’ Kolaivannan winning the wealth for his Chennai man, and the ‘good’ Kodaivannan winning the game to save their village. In the climax, the ‘good’ Kodaivannan wins the match and saves their village.