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22 Years of Sangamam; 6 Tamil films in which dance took centrestage

Alfred Francis

Alfred Francis
Jul 17, 2021

The Tamil film Sangamam was released in 1999 with Rahman and Vindhya playing lead roles. The film focuses on the clash between folk dance and classical dance forms. Rahman plays Selvam, a young Bharathanatyam dancer who falls in love with Abhirami (Vindhya), a folk dancer. The music was composed by A.R Rahman.

After Sangamam, there was a certain gap in dance-based Tamil films for almost a decade until Prabhudeva’s comeback to the screen. OTTplay picks a few films where dance is an integral element to the story.

1
Sagara Sangamam
Sagara Sangamam or Silangai Oli is a 1983 film starring Kamal Haasan as a struggling yet talented dancer. He falls in love with Madhavi (Jaya Prada), a married woman who shares his love for dance. But his love goes unrequited. Years later Madhavi approaches him again. This time she wants him to teach her daughter dance.
2
Punnagai Mannan
7.9OTTplay Rating
Sethu (Kamal Haasan), a dance master, is stalked by Malini (Revathi), his student. Malini is confused about his reactions. Later she uncovers his secret. He was once jailed for a failed suicide attempt. Malini decides to make him fall in love with her.
3
Kadhalan
7.7OTTplay Rating
Prabhu (Prabhu Deva) falls in love with Shruti (Nagma), the governor’s daughter. In a bid to woo her, he joins a dance school. At first, she is disgusted by his crass behaviour and disrespect towards classical dance. She even opts out of the competition to avoid him. Now it is up to Prabhu to prove his love and his passion for dance.
4
minsara kanavu
7.3OTTplay Rating
Boasting an ensemble cast with Aravind Swamy, Prabhu Deva and Kajol, Minasara Kanavu is a romantic musical. Thomas (Aravind Swamy) falls in love with Priya (Kajol). He is shocked to hear her decision to become a nun. To thwart her mind, he hires Deva (Prabhu Deva), a smooth-talking barber and dancer who invites Priya to their music troupe. Everything goes according to plan until Priya falls in love with Deva, and Deva also realises that he has fallen for her.
5
ABCD
6.4OTTplay Rating
ABCD was simultaneously released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The film showcases Prabhu Deva’s ease with his moves. Vishnu (Prabhu Deva) ends his partnership with his friend who believes dance is all about competition and money. Depressed, he returns to Chennai where he accidentally runs into a parkour team and decides to make them his dance troupe. He will use them to make his friend understand the passion one needs to dance.
6
Lakshmi
7.1OTTplay Rating
A musical dance film starring Prabhu Deva and Ditya Bhande. Lakshmi ( Ditya Bhande) is a ten-year-old who loves to dance. Her mother Nandhini isn’t exactly supportive of her daughter’s pursuits. Soon Lakshmi catches the eye of Vijay Krishna (Prabhu Deva). When Lakshmi fails the first round, Vijay enters the scene. It is then revealed that Vijay is a former dance champion and Lakshmi’s father.
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