5 On-Screen Elderly Romances That Melted Our Hearts!

Age Is Just A Number!

Love isn’t always beautiful, happening and glamorous. Where Tamil Film Industry predominantly showcases younger generation love stories, only few filmmakers manage to capture and present the beauty of elderly love. Here, we have curated a list of five couples who made us all cry with their inner beauty and intimate romantic gestures. 

Ganapathy & Bhavani – O Kadhal Kanmani 

Ganapathy uncle (Prakash Raj)  and Bhavani aunty (Leela Samson) have set relationship goals for everyone by portraying the importance of caring for one another in sickness and health without expecting anything in return. Adi (Dulquer Salmaan) and Tara (Nithya Menen) have a spontaneous, in-the-moment relationship that Mani Ratnam uses to balance this adult romance. Ganapathy uncle and Bhavani aunty not only set standards for Adi and Tara but for all of us. 

Ethai naan ketppin unnaiyae tharuvaai!

Pannaiyar & Chellamma – Pannaiyarum padminiyum

Pannaiyar (Jayaprakash) and his wife Chellamma’s (Thulasi) relationship is what we see everyday on roads, trains and in households. They are this Tom and Jerry couple who mocks and plays with each other. Chellamma stands out among other old ladies in Tamil movies. She is not the stereotypical  silent, selfless mother, she speaks her mind and asks for what she wants. Parallelly, Pannaiyar is shy and innocent and they beautifully balance out each other. It feels heartening to see a character like Chellamma receiving so much love.

Unakku vaakkapattu varusanga pona enna pogaadhu unnoda paasam!

Paandi & Poothendral – Pa Paandi

This is an unusual story of a stuntman looking for his high school sweetheart. The elderly couple, who were played by Raj Kiran and Revathy, had lovely chemistry on screen. Overcoming all the odds, Paandi was determined to meet Poonthendral after . Grandparents are expected to be loving, caring and home bound to their family especially after they lose their spouses. Paandi and Poonthendral showed us there is always a way to love, live and have fun in life. Although there were plenty of emotions in the relationship, it was enjoyable to watch.

Naraikalum marainthidave venpani malare!

Navaneethan & Yashodha – Sillu Karupatti

A widower Navaneethan (Kravmaga Sreeram) spots Yashoda (Leela Samson) playing at a park and is instantly smitten by her. They get acquainted at the hospital – they are undergoing a master health checkup – and open up to each other about their respective lives over a turtle walk. While they have no problem beginning a conversation, unlike youngsters who have fallen in love, the doubts that crop up are more or less similar – does he/she really love me? There is love at first sight, there is gentleness and only pure emotions were playing there. 

Agam thaa naai arigirathae arimugam ini edharkku!

Rajiv & Lakshmi – Ilamai Idho Idho 

Two senior citizens who were romantically linked in their youths decide to spend their weekend together. Unexpectedly, the government announces lockdown and Lakshmi (Urvashi) extends her stay at Rajiv’s (Jayaram) house. And in that brief period, they go through a wide range of emotions one experiences in a relationship – there is the lovey dovey honeymoon phase, there is the love-hate phase eventually they learn to accept each other for who they are. In the era of youths lying to their elders to spend time with their loved ones, there is Rajiv and Lakshmi who lie to their children to be with each other.  Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan presented this beautiful love story.

Ilmai Idho Idho!

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