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4 years of Meesaya Murukku: Here are other Tamil musicals you must watch

Alfred Francis

Alfred Francis
Jul 22, 2021

Meesaya Murukku, directed and written by its lead actor Hiphop Tamizha, released in 2017, opened to positive reviews and became a blockbuster. The film was a one-of-a-kind story focusing solely on rap and how Aadhi (Hiphop Tamizha) became the singer he is today. Although Meesaya Murukku is autobiographical in nature, there are Tamil movies that have music as the central theme. If you loved Meesaya Murukku, here are similar recommendations from OTTplay.

1
Duet
6.6OTTplay Rating
This K. Balachander movie features Prabhu as a saxophone player and a music director named Guna. Guna often collaborates with Siva, his brother, who is a good singer. Guna suffers from an inferiority complex as he is fat and girls have rejected him in the past because of his size. Both brothers fall in love with girl-next-door Anjali (Meenakshi Seshadri). Siva woos her claiming he's the one playing the saxophone and Anjali falls for him. From then on, we see the clash between the two brothers in their fight for Anjali. AR Rahman in the form of his life comes up with a memorable album.
2
Boys
7OTTplay Rating
This Shankar film featured newcomers like Siddharth, Genelia and Bharath for lead roles. The film revolves around a college gang obsessed with having a girlfriend. Munna (Siddharth) falls for Harini ( Genelia) and she reciprocates his feelings. Their parents are opposed to the relationship and even disown them after certain incidents. Their friends voluntarily disown their home as an act of solidarity. They soon realise that being independent does not necessarily mean freedom. They come to realise the ways of the world. They eventually create a music band that is a hit with crowds, but their journey is far from rosy.
3
Mozhi
8.3OTTplay Rating
This Radha Mohan film features Prithviraj and Jyothika in lead roles. Karthik ( Prithviraj ) is a keyboard player in music director Vidyasagar’s team. He falls in love with Archana (Jyothika), a deaf and mute girl. Given her dysfunctional upbringing, Archana suffers from an inferiority complex and has trust issues. Karthik has to get past this. There is a poignant scene where Archana asks Karthik to tell her how music feels and he uses his beat to make her understand. The film also stars Prakash Raj as Viji, Karthik’s friend who provides comic relief. The music is composed by Vidyasagar.
4
Isai
6.8OTTplay Rating
Isai is a musical battle between conventional music and modern music. The film is written and directed by S.J. Surya who also composed music. Veteran music director Vetriselvan (Sathyaraj) becomes jealous of his student A.K.Shiva who gains overnight attention with his innovative methods in composing music. Blinded by jealousy, Vetriselvan decides to sabotage the career of Shiva. He uses many tricks, but to no avail. A humiliated Vetriselvan resorts to using psychological methods to derail Shiva’s mind. The film is said to be based on the Ilayaraja-Rahman rivalry.
5
Saivam
6.9OTTplay Rating
This AL Vijay film stars Deiva Thirumagal fame Sara Arjun in the lead role as a cheerful Thamizhselvi. Thamizhselvi is part of a large household under patriarch Kathiresan (Nassar). Kathiresan, after certain bad omens, decides to sacrifice their pet rooster Paappa to get rid of them. Thamizhselvi, who has grown close to Paappa, decides to save him by hiding him. The music is composed by G.V. Prakash Kumar and Utthara Unnikrishnan won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Azhagu” and late lyricist Na. Muthukumar won the National Award for Best Lyricist.
6
Sarvam Thaala Mayam
7.4OTTplay Rating
This Rajiv Menon film stars G.V. Prakash Kumar as an aspiring musician with A.R.Rahman giving life to the music. Vembu Iyer (Nedumudi Venu) is a stalwart among mridangam players. Peter Johnson ( G.V.Prakash) accidentally meets him and Iyer recognises the talent hidden in him. But Iyer is reluctant to take him as a disciple because of indiscipline and decorum. Peter decides to reform himself with the help of Sara (Aparna Balamurali), his lover. Even in the world of music, Peter will have to fight the caste system and discrimination. Peter travels extensively to increase his musical knowledge and applies it in the finale.
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