In just about a month from now, Anushka Shetty’s much-hyped ‘Rudhramadevi’ will arrive in theatres much to the delight of her loyal fans. Revolving around the life of a 13th century warrior queen, the film is likely to go a long way in continuing southern cinema’s tryst with grand period dramas. Here is a look at some other period films which have floored critics and audiences alike.
Touted as the first ever Indian movie to be made using the motion capture technology, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ was directed by Soundarya Ashwin . It featured her father and Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in the lead role. Highlighting the famed life and rich legacy of a brave warrior, it opened to a decent response at the box office despite receiving mixed reviews.
Directed by AL Vijay, ‘Madarasapattinam’ proved to be a major critical and commercial success. Featuring Arya and Amy Jackson in lead role, the film was later on dubbed into Telugu as ‘1947:A love Story’.
Best remembered for its compelling narrative, ‘Bahubali’ highlighted the intense rivalrly between two brothers over an ancient kingdom. Featuring Prabhas as the titular character, it went a long way in establishing SS Rajamouli as one of India’s most celebrated filmmakers.
Set in the early days of the British rule, this Malayalam movie is perhaps best remembered for Mammootty’s stellar portrayal of the titular character. Featuring some awe-inspiring combat scenes, the film emerged a big winner at the ticket window and won several awards. Interestingly, it was also dubbed into Tamil and Hindi.
Serving as strong proof of Kamal Haasan’s unparalleled abilities as a performer, ‘Hey Ram’ revolved around the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Also featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerjee in pivotal roles, the film was shot simultaneously in Hindi and Tamil under the same title. Despite being a commercial failure, it received tremendous critical acclaim and was India’s official entry to the Academy awards in 2000.
Yet another SS Rajamouli-directed classic, ‘Magadheera’ dealt with the intriguing concept of reincarnation. A runaway hit at the box office, the film established Kajal Aggarwal and Ram Charan as bankable names in the Telugu film industry. Released in 2009, it was later on remade as Bengali as ‘Yoddha’.
One of Kamal Haasan’s most ambitious projects till date, ‘Dasavatharam’ featured a segment which highlighted the conflict between Shivalites and Vishuites in ancient India. Featuring the ‘Ulaga Nayagan’ in 10 different roles, the film opened to a thunderous response to a thunderous response at the box office.
Based on the life of Kancherla Gopanna—a 17th century musician—‘Sri Ramadasu’ created quite a stir in the industry courtesy Nagarjuna’s intense performance as well as its gripping storyline. Directed by K Raghavendra Rao, the film was a critical and commercial success. It was later on dubbed into Hindi as ‘Sri Ram Mandir’.
Regarded as one of the all time classics of Malayalam cinema, ‘Kaalapani’ was set in 1915 and highlighted the the lives of prisoners during the British raj. Featuring Mohanlal and Tabu in the lead, the movie was also released in Hindi, Tamil and Teugu.