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Vadakkum Nathan (2006)

 -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  19 May 2006 (India)
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The film opens with a mother and son coming to Hardwar to perform last rites of her elder son who had run away from home and is believed to have died. But the mother sees her long lost son ... See full summary »

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The film opens with a mother and son coming to Hardwar to perform last rites of her elder son who had run away from home and is believed to have died. But the mother sees her long lost son on the banks of River Ganga and takes him back to the family. He is Bharath Pisharody a brilliant Sanskrit professor who is respected and loved by everyone including his cousin and lover Meera. But on his day of marriage he runs away leaving behind a heart-broken Meera and her father. Now Pisharody is different man and his family and friends believes that he is on drugs. But actually, the man is mentally disturbed as he suffers from deep depression. Soon his brother discover papers relating to his treatment for mental illness from his locked suitcase. Now everyone starts seeing him in a different way, which leads to the final twist. How Meera helps him come out of this difficult situation in life forms the rest of the gripping tale. Written by Anonymous

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NOT 'Thanmathra' revisited ...
28 December 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

First, for those who have seen the latter but not the former, 'Vadakkumnathan' is NOT - emphatically NOT - 'Thanmathra' revisited ... In one memorable climactic parting shot, 'Vadakkunnathan' pulls the rug, literally, from under 'Thanmathra's feet.

I admit I am one of the few viewers who was not impressed by 'Thanmathra', no matter how well Mohanlal may have acquitted himself - I feel it was a film without any storyline at all, a cathartic weepie about one member of a family getting Alzheimer's and following his dismal journey, thereafter, till the inevitable end ... somehow, I felt the film was essentially exploitative, without conveying any ultimate message.

And THAT is where 'Vadakkumnathan' scores ... it has a message to convey, and the manner in which it is conveyed takes your breath away ... this is yet another film in which, if you haven't seen the film to the very end, you haven't seen it at all, as the entire ethos of the film is crystallized into the last unforgettable scene. Mohanlal's Bharathan Pisharody, here, too, seemed to me to be a far more complex, and demanding, character than his Ramesan Nair in 'Thanmathra', and, therefore, that much more brilliantly portrayed. Which is not to say that Padmapriya lags any way behind - after all, in that last memorable scene, it is her all the way, without Mohanlal to lend any helping hand at all ...

Let us leave it at that tantalizing point - revealing anything more would do severe disservice to a memorable effort by a fledgling filmmaker. In sum, 'Vadakumnathan' was everything that 'Thanmathra' could - and should - have been, but, unfortunately, was not.


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