Every star’s dream is to play a righteous cop and if the story is based on real-life incidents, it’s an added advantage at the box office, as such stories are bound to enkindle strong emotional connect.
Director Vinoth, who made two successful films ‘Sathuranga Vettai’ and ‘Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru’ loosely based on real events says “Real stories fascinate the creator in me, it gives me a lot of scope and materials to write. At the same time, fictionalizing it and catering it as a commercial film is actually a laborious process but I like that challenge”.
Vinoth’s Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)) is certified by Director General of Police Jangid, who headed the ‘Operation Bawaria’ to arrest and encounter ruthless dacoits who break into affluent houses located along the highways to loot gold, cash and brutally kill the owners and their innocent families. When the criminal gang killed ADMK MLA Sudarsanam, cops speeded up the investigation and tracked down the deadly dacoits.
Jangid calls it as an authentic film based on the operation Bawaria and congratulated the team, he also attended the special premiere of the film.
If Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru glorified cops, Vetrimaaran’s Visaaranai exposed the dark side of them. Visaaranai tells the story of innocent Tamil workers who were arrested and tortured by Andhra Cops for a crime which they never committed. Auto driver Chandran is one among the prisoners, who escaped and wrote the novel named ‘Lock-up’. Vetrimaaran made Visaaranai based on the novel written by Chandran.
Visaaranai (2015) fetched three National Awards including Best Feature Film(Tamil), Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani and Best Editing for Kishore Te, the film was also India’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. Visaaranai was also screened at many International Film Festivals and unanimously praised by critics.
A. M. R. Ramesh made Vana Yuddham(2013) based on how cops narrowed down the notorious forest brigand Veerappan. Arjun played Special Task Force officer Vijayakumar and Kishore played Veerappan. The film mired on multiple controversies, Mysore based writer Gururaj filed a complaint that Ramesh lifted contents from his book Rudhra Narthana and Veerappan wife’s Muthulakshmi filed a case saying that the film portrayed her husband in a bad light. The film released only after the makers paid the compensation of Rs 25 lakhs as ordered by the Supreme Court of India. But unfortunately, Vana Yuddham was neither a box office success in Tamil Nadu nor a critically acclaimed film.
In 1990, RK Selvamani made Pulan Visaranai, a film based on the serial killer ‘Auto’ Shankar, who is responsible for multiple murders in Tamil Nadu between 1987 and 1988. Auto Shankar and his guys abducted more than nine girls and he also killed people, who opposed him by burning or buried in residential houses. Vijayakanth played the DCP, who investigate the mysterious murders and Anandaraj played Auto Shankar’s role. Pulan Visaranai was a huge hit upon the release, the film also had a sequel with Prashanth in the leader but it was a box office dud.
Another Vijayakanth film ‘Oomai Vizhigal’(1987) is based on series of murder happened in a tribal village. Vijayakanth played DSP Deenathayalan, who investigates and find out the culprit behind the mysterious murder at Chola Picnic Village. Oomai Vizhigal was a blockbuster at the box office and ran more than 100 days in theaters, it also fetched critical acclaim to writer Aabavanan and director Arvindraj.
- Rajasekar S