1. Kappalottiya Thamizhan
This movie talks about the life of freedom fighter V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, who founded the Swadeshi Stream Navigation Company to break the monopoly of the British over maritime trade out of India. The film features Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan in the lead roles, while S. V. Subbaiah, T. K. Shanmugham, S. V. Ranga Rao, Savitri and S. A. Ashokan appear in supporting roles.
Sivaji Ganesan, who first hesitated to take up the role, as he doubted whether he could perform the role flawlessly. He once said that the highest award he got for this film was when VOC’s son Subramaniam said he saw his father alive on the screen. Despite being a box office failure, the movie has a cult following.
2. Veerapandiya Kattabomman
Veerapandiya Kattabomman is a historical film which starred Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Padmini, S. Varalakshmi and Ragini in lead roles. The movie is based on the warrior Kattabomman who rose to rebellion against the East India company. The film was an adaptation of a play with the name Kattabomman performed by Sivaji Ganesan’s troupe.
The movie attained roaring success and is celebrated as one of the best movies ever made.
The film Bharathi was a biography based on the life of Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyaar. The movie did not have a big cast yet went to become a success at the box office. The movie stars Sayaji Shinde, Devyani and Nizhalgal Ravi in the lead roles.
The cast’s performance was highly convincing and is appreciated. The film talks about the troubles faced by the country because of the British Raj and how Bharathiyaar encouraged everyone to seek freedom, with his writing.
Directed by Shankar, the film Indian, stars Kamal Haasan in dual roles along with Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Sukanya and Goundamani in pivotal roles. The film went on to become a blockbuster hit and was also critically appreciated for its plot.
The story is roughly about the 70 years old ex-military man who is on a killing spree under the name ‘Indian’. The 70-year-old Kamal Haasan is outraged by the growing corruption in the country and makes it his motive to kill all the corrupt officials and bring order in the nation. After knowing that his son, played by Kamal again, is also a corrupt officer, he goes on to kill him. The rest is a cat and mouse game between the cops and the 70 years old Kamal.
Roja is a romantic thriller starring Arvindsami and Madhoo, directed by Mani Ratnam. The story is based on the newlywed couple Roja and Rishi who moves to Kashmir. Their life is turned upside down when the latter is abducted by a terrorist group whose agenda is to separate Kashmir from India and free their leader who is captured by the Indian forces. This 1992 movie still strikes the chord and brings tears to your eyes.
6. Hey Raam
Hey Raam, starring Kamal Hassan as the lead and Shah Rukh Khan revolves, Rani Mukherji in the supporting roles. The film’s main idea revolves around the cruelty faced by commoners resulting in them taking wrong decisions to avenge the death of their loved ones. Though it is a semi-fictional plot written on by Kamal Hassan himself, the movie has a patriotic message behind it.
This movie also invited controversy for portraying Mahatma Gandhi in a bad light.