Tamil cinema has seen many successful courtroom dramas, with the latest being Ajith’s ‘Nerkonda Paarvai’, directed by H Vinoth of ‘Dheeran Adhigaram Ondru’ fame and produced by Boney Kapoor.
With the trailer of the flick, which was released Wednesday evening, promising intense arguments between Ajith and journalist Rangaraj Pandey, who are playing advocates, Mykollywood.com takes a look at some of the super hit Tamil films which had high voltage court scenes.
It is a 1952 film directed by Krishnan–Panju. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, S V Sahasranamam, S S Rajendran and Pandari Bai. It is the cinematic acting debut of Ganesan and Rajendran. The film was jointly produced by National Pictures and AVM Productions and is based on the stage play of the same name, written by Pavalar Balasundaram.
Parasakthi narrates the misfortunes that befall the members of a Tamil family during World War II, and how the members face their individual fate and reunite at the end. The screenplay for ‘Parasakthi’ was written by M Karunanidhi.
The film’s soundtrack was composed by R Sudarsanam. ‘Parasakthi’ was released on 17 October 1952, during the festive occasion of Deepavali, and faced controversies because of its portrayal of Brahmins and Hindu customs and practices in a negative light.
It is a 1973 film, directed by Vietnam Veedu Sundaram, starring Sivaji Ganesan in a dual role. The film was a blockbuster at the box office and the third highest grossing film of the year.
The story is about Madras high court lawyer Rajinikanth (Sivaji Ganesan) who has never lost a case in the court. He is a self-made man with a rags to riches story.
Kannan (Sivaji Ganesan) is his nephew who is brought up like a son by the childless Rajinikanth and his wife. Kannan is an antithesis of Rajinikanth; he is a god fearing, amiable, domesticated young man. How the two lock horns for a case is the crux of the film.
The film’s dialogues were such a blockbuster that many households of the 1980s had them in audio cassette format. ‘Vidhi’ is a 1984 movie directed by K Vijayan. The film stars Sujatha, Mohan, Poornima and Jaishankar in the lead roles.
It is a remake of the Telugu film ‘Nyayam Kavali’ (1981). The film revolves around a court case that Radha (Poornima) files against Raja (Mohan), concerning the legitimacy of her child conceived through wedlock. How justice prevails forms the rest of the story.
‘Vidhi’ was released on 26 January 1984, during Republic Day. The film was a commercial success, running for over 500 days in theatres.
‘Paasa Paravaigal’ is a 1988 film which was directed by Cochin Haneefa and produced by Murasoli Selvam. The film’s script was written by former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
Music by Ilaiyaraaja is asset to the film. It stars Sivakumar, Lakshmi, Mohan and Radhika Sarathkumar in majors role. It is a remake of ‘Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu’.
Court scenes between Lakshmi and Radhika were one of the biggest highlights of the movie. The film’s story goes like this: Anandi (Lakshmi), a lawyer, defends her husband, Sukumar (Sivakumar), in court when his sister, Uma (Radhika), suspects him of murdering her husband, Shankar (Mohan).
ORU VASANTHA GEETHAM
‘Oru Vasantha Geetham’is a 1994 film directed and produced by T Rajendar. Rajender himself appeared in the lead role with Gautami, whilst the film featured an extensive cast, which also featured Rajendar’s three real life children including Simbu aka STR, along with a bevy of supporting actors.
In the film, TR and Gautami are lawyers who are married to each other. TR takes up the case of an innocent man against his brother-in-law Vikram, which creates problems between them.
It is a 1990 film directed by K Madhu. The film stars Mammootty and Amala. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Produced by K C Film Combines, the film has cinematography by Vipin Das and it was edited by V P Krishnan.
The plot revolves around the wrong conviction of a business man and the efforts taken by a lawyer (Mammootty) to find the truth. It is the first Tamil film of Malayalam film actor Mammootty.