September 2nd, 2011
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We are game

venkat-prabhu Chennai: When Venkat Prabhu first made ‘Chennai-600028’ in 2007, a film based on gully cricket, little did he know that it would mark the beginning of a trend in Tamil cinema. Without even realising it, Venkat had gently reminded Tamil film directors that they had a largely unexplored genre—of sports-based films—at their disposal.

The film’s success led other directors and more importantly producers, who had until then ignored sports-based scripts, to at least consider them. A couple of years after ‘Chennai-600028’, director Suseenthiran’s ‘Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu’, focused on Kabaddi, set the cash registers ringing and was appreciated by both audiences and critics.

Now, after the phenomenal success of both these films, it seems that Tamil film directors and producers are no longer averse to making films with sports-based scripts. In fact, sources in the industry say that for the first time, Tamil audiences will get to enjoy at least four sports-based films this year. Says a trade source on condition of anonymity, “Audiences have already enjoyed two such films this year— Vetrimaran’s ‘Aadukalam’ (focused on the rural sport of rooster fights) and Yuvraj’s ‘Potta Potti’ (which featured cricketer Sadagoppan Ramesh in the lead and focused on cricket). Two more sports films are expected to release this year— director Nandakumar’s ‘Vilayaada Vaa’ and director Arivazhagan’s ‘Vallinam’.”


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