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Madras Town (2010)
"Madrasapattinam" (original title)

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A film set in 1940s India, during the country's struggle for independence. The young daughter of an English governor falls in love with a local Indian boy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aarya ...
Parithi
Amy Jackson ...
Amy
Cochin Hanifa ...
Nambi
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Robert Ellis
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The Rev M. Smith
Jack James ...
Governor
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Ayyakannu
M.S. Bhaskar ...
Poor Villager
Azhagam Perumal ...
Respected Villager (as Alagam Perumal)
Bala Singh ...
Villager
Omar Lateef ...
Kabir
Kishore Kumar Mr. ...
Renga
Appukutty ...
Lazy man
Satish ...
Pachai
Shrinivasan ...
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After the death of her husband, Amy Smith, an elderly English woman, decides to return to India to search for her long lost lover and to return a necklace she was given. Through memory flashbacks we see how Amy as a young girl first arrived in Madrasapattinam, India in 1945 to join her father who was the governor of the city. Through some events of fate she meets Paritihi, a young Indian boy. Amy, feeling drawn towards Paritihi and intrigued by Indian culture, asks him to be her guide around the town and to show him the ways of his country. Soon a tender romance develops between them. However, Amy is too be married to officer Robert Ellis, a cruel man appointed by her father, forcing Amy and Paritihi to fight for their love. Written by Anonymous

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A Journey from Chennai to Madrasapattinam.

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Director Vijay approached Amy for the role without knowing that she had sent her photo for the auditions. They came to know about this only after their meet in London. See more »

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Meghame O Meghame
Performed by M.S. Vishwanathan, Chiyan Vikram & Nasser
Composed by G.V. Prakash Kumar
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Madarasapattanam-Come,Cherish the Vintage Madras
7 October 2010 | by (Chennai,India) – See all my reviews

Period films have been sporadic in Tamil cinema for the past two decades and not many directors are daring enough to give a fling at such genres. But the young director Vijay breaks the mould and comes up with an artistic portrayal of pre-independence Madras. In fact, he succeeds in his attempt with utmost ease.

The plot of "Madarasapattanam" is quite simple. It deals with the romance between a brawny Madarasi wrestler and an aristocratic English belle at a time when the Freedom Movement was at its pinnacle. Arya, as the young wrestler (Parithi) is impeccable. His penchant for offbeat roles is evident from his choice of movies. Amy Jackson, as the royal damsel (Amy) allures you with her innocent and snowy charm. The way she has acclimatized to the Indian pattern of film making is quite amazing. Kochi Haneefa, who plays Amy's interpreter, manages to tickle you in his typical style. All the actors including Nasser (Parithi's father), M.S.Bhaskar, RJ Balaji (tourist guide), Jeeva (of Lollu Sabha fame), Kumaravel (taxi-driver) and the actors who play Parithi's friends make their presence felt.

The narration smoothly swaps between the modern day Chennai and the 1940's Madras. Thanks to some crisp editing by Antony. Cinematographer Nirav Shah guides us through a virtual tour through the streets of vintage Madras. It is fascinating to see the Madras of the yore adorned by trams, bullock-carts, the crystal-clear Cooum, the dhobi ghats of Washermanpet, and a busy Buckingham Canal! Art Director Selva has to be commended for recreating the yesteryear Spencer's and the Central Station. But at times the back-drops seem to be like wallpapers, which could have been avoided. G.V.Prakash Kumar seems to have inherited a lot from his uncle (A.R.Rahman) which is very much evident in his "Pookal Pookum" number. And his background score blends well with the period flavour of the movie. Vijay's dialogues are note-worthy.

Traces of "Lagaan" and "Titanic" can be felt here and there. Especially, the wrestling match between Parithi and the Englishman, and the aged Amy searching her love with the necklace ('thaali') reminds you of the yesteryear classics. Nevertheless, Vijay manages to trigger the spirit of Madras by showcasing the rich cultural and historical heritage of our city in this poignant love story. He leaves us yearning for the glorious Madras of the past.

A must-watch for all Chennaiites. Come, and cherish the vintage Madras.- Deepak Kumaar Manoharan.


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