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Thanmathra (2005)

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He was the best father any son would dream of. His dream was to see his son as an IAS Officer. And he almost saw it.....almost



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Credited cast:
Mohanlal ...
Meera Vasudevan ...
Lekha (as Meera Vasudev)
Arjun Lal ...
Nedumudi Venu ...
Krishnan Nair
Jagathi Sreekumar ...
Seetha ...
Innocent ...
Sukumaran Nair
Manka Mahesh ...
Lekha's Mother
Pratap K. Pothen ...
Doctor (as Prathap K. Pothan)
Niranjana ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dinesh Arora ...
IAS officer
Sreehari ...


He was the best father any son would dream of. His dream was to see his son as an IAS Officer. And he almost saw it.....almost

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Thanmathra - One of the best happenings in Indian Cinema 2005
28 December 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

"If you can't compare your wife to another woman, how can you compare your son to another boy?" - the moment Mohanlal pops this question, you know Thanmathra will not just be any malayalam movie. At a time when the industry is ruled by crass comedies, Blessy should be appreciated for taking up such a complex theme in a commercial format, without compromising on artistic values.

Thanmathra is the story of a middle-class family; the very family that stays in a mini two bedroom flat; the very family which uses a Bajaj scooter for transportation; the very father who dreams about his son attaining what he couldn't. In short, it is the family which you can see in your day-to-day life. But what makes the movie special is the craftsmanship that director Blessy shows in extracting the best performance from his cast into what can be called as the ideal script for any artist to prove his skills.

Thanmathra excels in every class. Let it be cast performances or direction or paperwork or music or cinematography or art work or whatever, Thanmathra is perfect. The movie drags a bit in the latter half, but the theme demands the lag and without it the movie would have ended up as a typical TV serial. Mohanlal has come up with one of the strongest performances in Indian Cinema. In real life, people often consider Alzheimers as a variant of madness. Therefore the slightest mistake from the actor can transform an Alzheimers patient to a lunatic. But Mohanlal handled the character carefully. Rameshan, being an Alzheimers patient, forgets everything. But still somewhere in his mind, he knows that he wants to see his son as an IAS Officer, even when he cant recognise his son's face. Such roles are always challenging to any actor but Mohanlal came up with a brilliant, effortless performance, proving any role is only a child's play for him. Debutant Arjun Lal is certainly an excellent actor in the making. Jagathy Sreekumar and Nedumudi Venu have done their parts well. Other than some unsynched lip-movements, Meera Vasudev's performance is top notch.

Once you watch the film, Thanmathra will give you a melancholic feeling. One might wonder why God is so cruel to Rameshan and his family. After all his only dream was to see his son as an IAS officer. And he almost saw it...almost.

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