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8 Years of Maryan - 6 survival dramas in Tamil you should not miss

Alfred Francis

Alfred Francis
Jul 19, 2021

We all remember Dhanush in Maryan, a survival drama where he plays a fisherman kidnapped by Sudanese terrorists. The film is about how Maryan manages to escape the clutches of the terrorists and reunite with his love. The film directed by Bharat Bala was released in 2013 and opened to mixed responses. But after its theatrical run, the film gained acclaim for its music (composed by A.R.Rahman) and its authentic depiction of the fishermen community. Dhanush won the Filmfare Awards Best Actor for Maryan while the female lead Parvathy won the SIIMA Awards for Best Actress.

Here is a list of survival dramas in Tamil that will make your heart skip a beat.

1
Peraanmai
7.6OTTplay Rating
Peranmai, an action film, stars Jayam Ravi in the lead role and is directed by S.P. Jananathan. The film narrates the story of Dhruvan, an NCC trainer and five girls who get trapped in the forest. They accidentally stumble upon a terrorist plot to sabotage an Indian space mission. The girls and Dhruvan rise to the occasion and defeat the enemy.
2
Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum
8.5OTTplay Rating
This 2013 survival thriller is directed by Mysskin who also plays one of the lead characters. Chandru (Sri), a medical student helps Edward/Wolf (Mysskin) when he finds him with a gunshot wound. Chandru is later stalked by Edward who's told to be a top-end killer working for gangster Thamba. Thamba is now following Edward to kill his family. Chandru is bewildered when Edward takes him to meet a girl with her grandparents. Edward is taking care of them. There is a beautiful scene in a cemetery where Edward recounts his past. Edward in the end asks Chandru to take care of the girl and goes to fight his final battle. Easily, one of Mysskin’s best films.
3
Sathuranga Vettai
7.9OTTplay Rating
This heist film starring Natraj and Ishaara Nair is directed by H Vinoth. Nataraj/Natty plays a retired con man forced to return and do what he’s best at. Those conned by him in the past desperately want their money back now. So he hatches up his last con for a big heist. But then he realises that even if he succeeds, the gang plans to kill him. Now he also has to formulate a backup plan to play safe and also protect his pregnant wife.
4
Bogan
6.8OTTplay Rating
Bogan stars the hit Thani Oruvan duo Jayam Ravi and Aravind Swamy. Vikram (Jayam Ravi ) plays a police officer tasked with capturing Aadhithya Mahadevan, a petty thief who grew too big too fast. Vikram traps Aadhithya, but the latter’s power to use astral projection to enter another man’s body helps him escape. Is Vikram capable of trumping Aadhithya? The film is inspired by the Nicholas Cage-starrer Face Off!
5
Mercury
5.9OTTplay Rating
Mercury is a 2018 horror film starring Prabhu Deva directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The silent film is based on the Kodaikanal Mercury poisoning incident. Prabhu Deva plays a blind man, a victim of the mercury poison along with his co-stars who are either deaf or dumb. After a turn of events, a group of college students ends up killing the blind man. They are haunted by his ghost around a warehouse. The film is a scary watch with lots of jump scares and drama.
6
Kaithi
8.1OTTplay Rating
Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, Kaithi stars Karthi in the lead role, a recently released prisoner whose only aim is to reunite with his daughter. Inspector Bejoy (Narain) seizes a ton of drugs from smugglers. The smuggler, Anbu, announces a bounty on Bejoy and fifty other police officers. Now all the goons and gangsters are hunting for them. Forty-nine officers are poisoned and are unconscious and have to survive till backup arrives. So Bejoy asks the reluctant Dilli (Karthi) to help him. Dilli reluctantly agrees. They are running against time with more than fifty gangsters chasing them. The gangsters though don’t know that Dilli is a man whose past is intertwined with violence and gore.
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