Tamil Movies based on Sports: Tamil Movies That Celebrate the Spirit of Sports

Here are ten of the best Tamil sports dramas to watch before Lal Salaam comes out, including shows from Bigil, Sarpatta Parmabarai, Natpe Thumai, and more.

The highly anticipated film Lal Salaam, starring Rajinikanth and Vishnu Vishal, was released on February 9 by Aishwarya Rajinikanth. There have been several sports dramas produced in Tamil cinematic history, therefore this is hardly the first film set in a sporting event.  

Tamil Movies based on Sports

1. Bigil

Atlee Kumar directs Bigil, which stars Thalapathy Vijay. This football film features the primary actor in not one but two roles. Michael, played by Vijay, is a player who, following  the death of his father, decides to give up on his goal. At its core, the novel is about his journey to become the head coach of the women’s football team.   

Bigil - Official Trailer | Thalapathy Vijay, Nayanthara | A.R Rahman | Atlee | AGS

2. 800

Much of 800 is based on the life of Muthiah Muralidharan, a famous Sri Lankan spinner. The film, which stars Madhur Mittal, explores Muralidharan’s rise to cricket stardom and the obstacles he had to overcome. The principal actress of the film is Mahima Nambiar.

800 - Official Trailer (Tamil) | Muthiah Muralidaran | M.S. Sripathy | Madhurr Mittal

3. Sarpatta Pramabarai

The primary part of this boxing-themed film is played by Arya. This nail-biting thriller was co-written by filmmaker Pa Ranjith.

A teenage laborer named Kabilan puts on the gloves of a boxer in a life-or-death bout called Sarpatta Parambarai  in the hopes of winning the match for his clan. Is he going to succeed now, or is politics going to endanger his life?

Sarpatta Parambarai - Official Trailer (Tamil) | Amazon Prime Video

4. Gatta Kusthi

The wrestling plot of Gatta Kusthi centers on Vishnu Vishal and Aishwarya Lekshmi. Simultaneously, the story revolves around a woman’s aspirations and her marriage to Veera, a chauvinist man who conditions her marriage.

What will happen when Veera learns that his wife Keerthi is a wrestler, even though they couldn’t be more different?

Gatta Kusthi - Official Trailer | Vishnu Vishal | Aishwarya Lekshmi | Chella Ayyavu | Ravi Teja

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5. Natpe Thunai

Hiphop Tamizha stars opposite Parthiban Desingu as a professional ice hockey player who, for various reasons, chooses to retire from the sport. Nonetheless, he returns to the sport to rescue a local squad in his hometown.

Natpe Thunai Official Trailer | Hiphop Tamizha, Anagha, Karu Pazhaniappan | Sundar C

6. Irudhi Suttru

Irudhi Suttru, written and directed by Sudha Kongara, tells the story of a boxer who quits the sport after a political disagreement with the authorities.

But as he coaches a fisherwoman to realize her ambition, he rediscovers his life’s purpose.  The film was translated into various languages when it was critically acclaimed.   

Irudhi Suttru - Trailer

7. Blue Star

Pa. Ranjith of Neelam Productions, R. Ganesh Murthy of Lemon Leaf Creation Pvt. Ltd., and G. Soundarya of Neelam Productions are co-producers of the Tamil sports film Blue Star, which is directed by S. Jayakumar. When it premiered on January 25, 2024, the picture was well-received by audiences.

The film takes place in Arakkonam and follows two groups as they compete fiercely at cricket, with each side impacted by different factions.8. KanaaKanaa, starring Aishwarya Rajesh, broke new ground by depicting a female cricket player’s battle rather than the typical male-centric tales.

Blue Star - Trailer (HDR) | Ashok Selvan | Shanthanu | Govind Vasantha | S.Jaya Kumar | Pa.Ranjith

Sivakarthikeyan Productions, the banner of Sivakarthikeyan, supported the film’s production, and Arunraja Kamaraj made his directorial debut with it. The fact that Aishwarya’s performance brought attention to the difficulties women face in athletics garnered her acclaim.   

She is joined by other notable actors in the film’s ensemble, such as Sathyaraj, Darshan, Ilavarasu, and others.

9. Clap

The intriguing story unfolds in Prithivi Adithya’s 2022 debut feature film, Clap, an Indian sports drama. The film chronicles the struggle of an amputee and former athlete with a rare disorder called Phantom Limb Pain (PLP), and it was shot in both Tamil and Telugu at the same time.    

An uplifting turn occurs when he trains a young woman from a rural area for a national championship event, taking her under his wing. The film follows the little girl as she follows her desire and finds the strength to follow her path.

CLAP | Tamil Movie | Official Trailer | SonyLIV | Streaming on 11th March

With its promising story of perseverance, guidance, and the realization of aspirations set against the background of athletics, Clap is sure to be a significant addition to the Indian cinema scene in 2022.

10. Dhoni Kabadi Kuzhu

The 2018 Tamil sports drama Dhoni Kabadi Kuzhu, directed by P. Iyyappan, examines the conflict between the sports of cricket and kabaddi. Tharani (Abhilash) and his pals are MS Dhoni enthusiasts whose lives center on the local gully cricket ground and the thrill of playing the game.

When they find out that a neighborhood thug has bought their playground, it completely changes their life. As they venture into the uncharted realm of kabaddi in their quest to rescue their cricket ground, the film explores the obstacles faced and the resolve displayed by this band of friends.

Dhoni Kabadi Kuzhu Tamil Movie | Official Trailer | Abhilash | Leema | Roshan Joseph CJ | TrendMusic

Critical reception for the picture was overwhelmingly unfavorable following its December 7, 2018, theatrical debut.

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