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Best Tamil period films to stream on Sun NXT - Paradesi, Mayabazar, and more

Here are the best Tamil films to stream on the popular OTT platforms, Sun NXT and OTTPlay Premium. The list includes Paradesi, Mayabazar, Aayirathil Oruvan, and more.

Best Tamil period films to stream on Sun NXT - Paradesi, Mayabazar, and more
Mayabazar and Paradesi official posters

Last Updated: 06.48 PM, May 10, 2024


Tamil cinema is one of the rare film industries that has succeeded in striking a balance between commercial and content-driven films. For the uninitiated, the industry excelled when it came to the technical aspects, right from the time it was launched. The excellent period films produced by Tamil cinema at various periods are the best examples of the same. Now, let’s have a look at the best period films that you can stream on Sun NXT and OTTplay Premium.

Best Tamil period films on Sun NXT and OTTplay Premium


Director: Bala

Cast: Atharvaa Murali, Vedhika, Dhansika


The 2013 period drama, which features Atharvaa, Vedhika, and Dhansika in the lead roles, won the hearts of audiences with its excellent making and performances. Paradesi depicts the story of Raasa, a carefree young man who lives in a rural village of Madras Presidency during the initial days of British governance. His life turns upside down after he is offered work at the British tea plantations.


Director: KV Reddy

Cast: NT Rama Rao, Vatsala, Gemini Ganesan

This 1957-released Tamil-Telugu bilingual, which is helmed by KV Reddy, is one of the finest mythological films produced in South cinema. Maya Bazaar Tamil version featured a stellar star cast, including NT Rama Rao, Vatsala (Savithri in Telugu), Gemini Ganesan, and others in the lead roles. Maya Bazaar revolves around the life of Abhimanyu, the son of Arjun and Subhadra, and his love story with Balarama’s daughter, Sasirekha.

Aayirathil Oruvan

Director: Selvaraghavan

Cast: Karthi, Reema Sen, Andrea Jeremiah, R Parthiban

This underappreciated masterpiece, directed by Selvaraghavan, is one of the finest period films produced by Tamil cinema Aayirathil Oruvan narrates the story of Anitha, who sets out on a quest to track down archaeologist Chandramouli, who travelled to Vietnam in an attempt to locate the prince of the Chola dynasty. Muthu, a porter from Chennai, and Chandramouli's daughter, Lavanya, accompany her on the mission.

Arasa Kattalai

Director: MG Chakrapani

Cast: MG Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa, Saroja Devi

MG Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa, and Saroja Devi played the lead roles in Arasa Kattalai, the 1967-released period action film, which was helmed by MG Chakrapani. This classic movie narrates the story of a young prince named Vijayan, who is on a mission to restore peace in his kingdom after his father, the king, commits suicide due to his guilt.

Raja Rajan

Director: TS Sundaram

Cast: MG Ramachandran, Padmini, Lalitha, MN Nambiar

This 1957-released TS Sundaram directorial featured MG Ramachandran as the protagonist, while actress siblings Padmini and Lalitha played the female leads. Raja Rajan revolves around the titular character, Raja Rajan, the Chozha prince who eventually emerges as the great ruler. The prince faces threats from his own people, including General Nagavelan, who wants to acquire power by any means.

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