The Tamil film industry has churned out some highly successful movies over the years that turned out to be great hits. They are thoughtfully and clearly written out as an intention to draw the audience's attention and make them come to the theatres. But there are also a fair share of movies which were expanded from short films. These short films gained such a positive response that its director decided to make it into a feature length film. These film became trendsetters and established the trend of short filmmakers making their cinematic debut as well. Let us look at some of these short films which were later made into a full length film:
1) KADHALIL SODHAPPUVADHU YEPPADI (KADHALIL SODHAPPUVADHU YEPPADI):
Director - Balaji Mohan
The film revolves around Arun (Siddharth) who has a tiff with his girlfriend Parvathi (Amala Paul) and does not know how to make up to her for it. All his attempts to patch up backfires and the only result is them moving further away from one another. Arun is really desperate because life without Parvathi is not the same. The film takes a light and frothy new look at romance and relationships.
2) PIZZA (PIZZA):
Director - Karthik Subbaraj
This horror film tells the story of Michael (Vijay Sethupathi), a pizza delivery boy, who lives with Anu (Remya Nambeesan), an aspiring horror fiction writer. One day, while delivering food, he goes to a bungalow to deliver an order where mysterious events begin to take place and he is trapped inside the haunted house.
3) PANNAIYARUM PADMINIYUM (PANNAIYARUM PADMINIYUM):
Director - SU Arun Kumar
This comedy drama revolves around an old man and his love for his vintage car Premier Padmini. When Pannaiyar (Jaya Prakash) agrees to take care of his friend's car while he is away, he and his family soon become emotionally attached to it and cannot bear the idea of returning it. The feature film version has an additional element of the relationship between the Pannaiyar and his wife and it was indeed heartwarming to watch. In fact, the cute and romantic segments between the elderly couple was the takeaway of the movie.
4) MUNDASUPATTI (MUNDASUPATTI):
Director - Ram Kumar
Set in the 1980s in a fictional village called Mundasupatti, this period comedy film tells the tale of Gopi (Vishnu Vishal), a photographer, who lands in trouble in the village where people believe that the camera is a dangerous weapon and bad luck will befall them if they are photographed. While saving himself, he falls in love with the village headman's daughter. The feature film adds more to the film after the funeral gone wrong with which the original short gets over.
5) BITTU (DON):
Director: Cibi Chakaravarthi
The coming of age comedy drama film revolves around a reluctant engineering student (Sivakarthikeyan) repeatedly clashing with his college's discipline mentor Bhoominathan (S. J. Suryah), while still trying to discover his passion in life and prove his eligibility to his father (Samuthirakani). The short / pilot film did not have the father sentiment angle which was present only in the feature version and interestingly, that turned out to be the emotional core of the film, striking a chord with the masses.
6) MADHU (MEYAADHA MAAN):
Director - Rathna Kumar
The romantic comedy film focuses on 'Idhayam' Murali (Vaibhav Reddy), a happy-go-lucky light music singer, and his relationships with his longtime, one-sided love interest Madhumitha (Priya Bhavani Shankar), his sister Sudarvizhi (Induja Ravichandran) and his best friend Vinoth (Vivek Prasanna). Murali tries to commit suicide when Madhu is about to get engaged.
7) KEKA BEKA KEKA BEKA (NAAN SIRITHAL):
Director - Raana
This comedy film tells the story of Gandhi (Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi), who suffers from Pseudobulbar (uncontrollable laughing), finds his life turned upside down when he gets in trouble with Dilli Babu (K. S. Ravikumar), a dreaded gangster. The short film version did not have the action and gangster angle at all which was developed for the feature.
8) APP(A) LOCK (LOVE TODAY):
Director - Pradeep Ranganathan
The plot of this upcoming film is about a couple exchanging their phones for 24 hours upon the girl's father's request in order to get his approval for the marriage. If they still hold the same love for each other after the end of the day, they can very much get married.
Upcoming Feature Films extended from short films: