Biopics on the rise in Tamil cinema

Nadigayar Thilagam - biopic on actress Savithri.

Move over, horror movies and comedy capers. It is time for biopics in Kollywood.

Biopic on Traffic Ramaswamy

Quite a lot of movies on popular political, film and sports personalities are being churned out in Tamil cinema. After the success of recent biopics on actress Savithri and social activist Traffic Ramaswamy, there is a craze for more.

S Anitha, who aspired to become a doctor, committed suicide when she couldn't crack the NEET exam, which was made compulsory for getting a medical seat. Anitha, who studied Samacheer Kalvi syllabus, scored good marks in board exams but couldn't pass the NEET. Now, a film is being made on the life of S Anitha, and it will star Bigg Boss-fame Julie as the young student. Titled Dr S Anitha MBBS, the film is produced by RJ Pictures.

Director A Balakrishnan, who made a biopic on Kamaraj, will now helm a movie on late chief  minister M G Ramachandran. The project went on the floors recently. The film, he adds, will have episodes involving prominent leaders from Periyar, Kamarajar and Anna to Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa.

Filmmaker Ravi Ratnam has announced that he is making a biopic on late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. He says, "The film will feature Jaya Madam’s life and journey — from a popular star to a powerful politician; how she became a sensational star on the silver screen, how she was brought into politics by MGR and how she triumphed over all her detractors in politics."

Periyar movie

Sources say that plans are also afoot to do a film on the life and achievements of veteran actress Sridevi, who passed away recently in Dubai. It will chronicle her personal and professional life, they say, and add, "A popular actress will be playing the lead."

According to Ganesh, an industry tracker, the trend is slowly catching in Tamil cinema, while it is very common in Bollywood. "We have very few films like Periyar and Bharathi made recently, whereas Hindi cinema had seen many such bio-pics from  Silk Smitha, Dawood Ibrahim, Dhoni, Azharuddin to  Manmohan Singh and Sanjay Dutt. Even Nobel prize winner Malala's life and Virat Kohli's feat are being made into a movie."

"People have a connect with characters in biopic. The filmmaker has to be authentic and ensure everything falls in place. They should not distort history. It is also an enriching experience for the audience," he says.


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