Children’s Day Special: Check out the three best children’s films in Tamil

'Kakka Muttai', 'Anjali', and 'Pasanga' not only became superhits but also won critical acclaim and National Awards.

ByManigandan KR

Published Nov 14, 2023 | 11:57 AM Updated Nov 14, 2023 | 11:59 AM

Children's films tamil

Tamil cinema has always been at the forefront of making children’s films. So, picking three films of several quality movies is quite an onerous task.

Nevertheless, these three Tamil ventures are considered exceptionally brilliant children’s flicks.

Kakka Muttai

A film that made heads turn at the national level, Kakka Muttai (2014) was hailed for its simple script and brilliant narration that spoke volumes about the poverty and inequality prevalent in society.

It revolves around two young boys living in a slum and talks about how the boys, who had never tasted a pizza in their lives, long to eat one.

poster of kakka muttai

A poster of ‘Kakka Muttai’. (Supplied)

Unfortunately, even a pizza is beyond the means of the poor children. How they work to earn enough to buy a pizza and how they are ill-treated at the pizza store forms the crux of the film.

Kakka Muttai went on to emerge as a super hit.

Directed by Manikandan, the film featured Aishwarya Rajesh as the boys’ mother and Vignesh and Ramesh as the two kids longing for a pizza.

It also won critical acclaim and walked away with two National Awards, including one for Best Children’s Film.

The movie, released worldwide, received rousing appreciation at several film festivals.

It was also granted tax-free status by the Karnataka government, becoming the first non-Kannada film to receive tax exemption in Karnataka.

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One of director Mani Ratnam’s gems, Anjali hit the screens in 1990. The film took the world by storm and won three National Awards.

It revolves around a mentally challenged child who has very little time left and the emotional struggle her family undergoes — first while accepting her into the family and then when they have to let her go.

Featuring the late actor Raghuvaran and actress Revathi in the lead, Anjali also casts three kids — Tarun, Shruti, and Shamili.

The film, a super hit, won three National Awards, including the award for Best Child Artiste.

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Director Pandiraj’s Pasanga resonated widely across the state because of its simple story that revolved around a schoolboy from a small town.

Released in 2009, Pasanga again brought into focus the genre of children’s films and proved beyond doubt that even children’s films could go on to exceptional business at the box office.

The movie, which featured Vimal and Vega Tamotia in the lead, revolved around several kids, including child artists Kishore, Sree Raam and Manonmani.

It emerged as a superhit apart from winning many laurels, including National Awards.

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