1. Yaaradi Nee Mohini
Yaaradi Nee Mohini is directed by Dhanush’s brother Selva Raghavan and is the remake of the Telugu film Aadavari Maatalaku Arthaleverule, which was directed by Selva Raghavan himself. Although a remake, Dhanush pours his life into the character of a man who yearns to be with the woman he loves while continuing to mourn his father, which makes him the loneliest man in the world.
This is the film for which Dhanush received his first National Award for Best Actor. While not directly based on any real or true incidents, director Vetrimaaran said that this film is based on several movies and books, which are even credited at the end of the film. Aadukalam deals with much more than meets the eye, making it a must-watch.
Maryan is an epic love story that is based on true events. It revolves around Mariyaan, a man who works in an oil company. When his lady love falls into financial trouble, he is forced to take up a two-year contract-based job in Sudan, and upon the completion of his contract, he gets ready to return home to his love. However, things go west when he is kidnapped by Sudanese terrorists. Does he escape and return to his love for the rest of the story? Maryan not only has gut-wrenching performances but also beautiful cinematography and music that will always haunt you.
A romantic entertainer, Anegan revolves around Madhu and Ashwin, who have been in love with each other over the span of several lifetimes. Dhanush and Amyra Dastur’s essay have four different roles through four different timelines, perfectly showcasing the unbreakable bond of their characters, no matter how many times they are separated.
5. Vada Chennai
When the film was first released, it was at the centre of several controversies over how the community of fishermen was showcased in the film. However, it trumped over all controversies and became a critical and commercial success. Vada Chennai is the journey of Anbu, from being a carrom player and a government job aspirant to being entangled in between two rival gangs in Chennai, and how he gets himself into such a position, from wanting to do nothing with them.