Kollywood’s Tryst with Chennai

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As one of India’s oldest cities, every nook and corner of Chennai has a story waiting to be told. Filmmakers and cinematographers have portrayed various streets and lanes in myriad ways. In this blog, let’s take a look at the movies that paint a beautiful vignette of our beloved city.

Madras

This gripping political thriller by Director PA Ranjith took us through the life of youngsters of Vyasarpadi. From dilapidated housing boards and ‘gana’ songs to league-worthy football skills, this movie captures the true essence of a neighbourhood that’s an integral part of everything quintessentially Chennai.

Neram

A little bit of thriller, action and dark humour sprinkled atop a romantic story, it is hard to box this film under one label. Just like the neighbourhood it is set in, this movie from Alphonse Puthuren has something for everybody. The movie paints a nostalgic picture of the tree-covered lanes of Mandaveli.

Alaipayuthey

20 years ago, just a few metres from where Azure The Oceanic stands today, actor Madhavan rode his way to fame jamming to ‘endrendrum punnagai’. To date, Alaipayuthey remains the hallmark of romance in Chennai. With scenes that take us through suburban trains, beautiful temples and the Marina beach, the movie effortlessly captures the sights, sounds and spirit of Chennai in the early 90s’. 

Madrasapattinam

In this film, we travel back in time to pre-Independence days when Chennai was Madras. The film shows us a time that few Chennaites today could remember. It shows an age when the Buckingham Canal and the Cooum river were not filthy and clogged up, but was a sight to behold. Art director Selva Kumar’s expertly laid set shows us how Chennai’s emblematic places like the Central station and Mount Road used to look. We also get a glimpse of the tram network prevalent in India’s metros back in the day.

Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal

While this story takes place across multiple cities, the movie begins with a beautiful villa at OMR and moves on to a driving scene where the lead actor Dulquer Salman expertly navigates his way through the IT corridor. However, in real life, only a house at Altezza could help navigate through early morning traffic. 

Hope you enjoyed this view of the city we live and love. Did we miss any of your favourite films set in Chennai? Comment and let us know.

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