Usually Tamil Movies always have the concept of a hero moving from a poor village to a metro city where he fights the villain for his rights and finally wins. Alternatively, he may travel from a city to a foreign country with the intention of marrying a loved one as well as seeking a livelihood. Add the duet songs shot in foreign locations. Thus, journeys are quite essential in Tamil cinema, and here is a collection of most adventurous journey-based Tamil movies.
The collection is based on last 4 years (2010-2014); and if you find any awesome travel movie missing from this list, please add them in our comments section below.
5. Chennaiyil Oru Naal (2013)
Genre: Thriller |IMDB: 6.5/10
I love this movie so much for its most thrilling travel experience, with the story being a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster, “Traffic”. This movie actually got a new vision of transporting hearts (organ) from one city to another one within 90 minutes, that too via roadways. The total movie screenplay and scene continuity are very carefully handled by director Shaheed Kader. Hats off to him. Chennai city police commissioner was in a critical situation of having to transport the heart for a veteran actor’s daughter; and Cheran, a police driver who willingly takes on this impossible journey to deliver the organ from Chennai to Vellore, covering nearly 170 km within 70 minutes. So, did he reach the hospital or not? Whether the child survived or not? It is the hot storyline.
4. Aayirathil Oruvan (2010)
Genre: Fantasy-Adventure |IMDB: 7.4/10
If you love fantasy and real artistic view of ancient times, then you should definitely add “Aayirathil Oruvan” in your watch list. This story will carry you to the ancient Chola and Pandya dynasties. The director, Selvaraghavan, will give you the feel of the most adventurous journey of archaeologists and tribal people looking for footprints of the ruined city. These people in their search of Cholas and many will give you many surprising twists and have you seated on the tips of your seats. How modern-day Pandyas find the Cholas which gradually escalates into a conflict, is the rest of the story.
3. Paiyaa (2010)
Genre: Romantic, Action | IMDB: 6.1/10
Paiyaa, directed by Lingusamy, stars Karthi and Tamanna. This movie takes you on a lovely-adventurous trip from Bangalore to Mumbai, undertaken by two strangers. Karthi, a jobless lad falls for Tamanna at first sight. Once, luckily, he is requested by Tamanna to take her safely to Mumbai. Thus begins the love journey from Bangalore to Mumbai. He saves her from rowdies and eventually wins her over.
Apart from the usual fights and kidnapper chase, Paiyaa portrays a beautiful love story in the backdrop of an adorable journey. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is an extra bonus.
2. Engeyum Eppothum (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama | IMDB: 7.8/10
Engeyum Eppothum is the all time best Tamil movie of the genre. This movie has a theme proving, “Life is uncertain. Anything may happen at any point of time. So be active at present”. The movie title in itself translates into ‘Anywhere, Anytime’. Here, two cute love stories run parallel and they do not coincide, though they occur in the course of one journey. Watch it and find out as to how the story unfolds.
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1. Paradesi (2013)
Genre: Drama | IMDB:7.9/10
Paradesi, is the must watch film for all. After watching this movie, everyone will think for a while before they sip their cups of tea (chai). This is a real story directed by Baala, who takes us back a few decades and shows how we were repressed by the British rulers. The story revolves around a tribe in a village, who then move on to another place as refugees. What happens next in the tea estate constitutes the rest of the film.
All the characters are beautifully sketched by Baala. Actor Adharva Murali, Vedika and supporting actor Dhansika are the best parts of Paradesi. You will love the visualizations and passions will run high when the natives are treated like slaves, with particular harsh treatment for womenfolk. I would have given it a five-star rating if the director had given a positive end (made me weep a lot). Hats off to director Baala.