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A simple film that centers on the lives of 5 educated youngsters in Madurai during 1980 in Madurai, their joys and sorrows. Subramaniapuram not just marks the beginning is a birth of new streamline of extraordinary film.
Sathya and Kiruba are friends. Sathya is reckless and gets into drinking and violent fights whereas Kiruba studies hard to become a Sub-Inspector. Tables are turned when Sathya becomes a Sub-Inspector.
The movie begins with Rama Krishna (Jeeva) being arrested by police on charges of murdering his mother Saratha (Saranya), a school teacher. The rest is a flashback. Rama Krishna is a ... See full summary »
Before independence during the 1940's depicts the lives of poor carefree villagers who are lured to work in Tea plantation farms and how they are forced to live rest of their lives as slaves with no traces of hope and freedom.
Kalyani (Ram) being a poor man, wants his daughter to be happy, no matter what comes through. Kalyani is a man who toils pretty hard to meet both ends, thereby trying not to live in his father's shade, but is forced to. His daughter Chellama (Sadhana) is a sweet angelic girl who fares below average in the class, but is all chirpy and gleeful when she is with her father. Without a proper job and an income the tension that prevails in the house forces him to take up a job far away from the reach of his lovely daughter. Written by
Coming out of the theatre, I could see a parent hugging director Ram and congratulating him with tears. Can there a bigger appreciation for the film and its maker? There is no surprise why film-makers went gaga over 'Thanga Meengal'. If 'Katradhu Thamizh' was hard-hitting and brilliant, 'Thanga Meengal' is a masterpiece. Though the film's release was delayed, the theme of the movie is timeless and will strike the right chord with the audience. A tale between a father and his daughter, this movie has so much more to it.
Kalyani (Ram) is a doting father of Chellamma (Baby Sadhana). For him, his daughter is the world. He struggles to pay even his daughter's school fee, but he wishes to bring the world under his daughter's feet. Circumstances force him to leave away from his daughter and he promises to bring her a dog for her birthday. Will he keep up his promise?
It would have been impossible for any actor to carry the role of Kalyani to perfection. When many directors are behind acting for fame and money, Ram has fully justified why he wanted to do the role by himself. He can be so intense and childish at the same time. Watch out for the scenes when he breaks down due to his helpless conditions. Baby Sadhana is definitely an amazing find. She could portray myriad of emotions at will which hypnotizes you to the film. Hats off to director Ram for making the little girl emote this magnificently!
Shelly Kishore as Vadivu fits in the role of a mother aptly. Rohini and 'Poo' Ramu are brilliant in their respective roles. Baby Sanjana steals your heart with her innocence and Padmapriya's cameo act is effective too.
Right from the title cards, Yuvan Shankar Raja's background score tugs at your heartstrings. It is so heartening to see him score music for films that stand out. First, it was 'Aadhalal Kaadhal Seiveer' and now it is 'Thanga Meengal'. Amidst songs, 'Aanadha Yaazhai' and 'Nathivellam' will definitely be rated among the best melodies composed by him.
Arbhindu Saaraa's camera work is exceptional. The way he has shot the lush green mountains in 'Aanandha Yaazhai' song is something you need to witness on the big screens and relish. Sreekar Prasad's editing is slick and with a running length of 2 hours and 20 minutes, this emotional drama does not lag in pace too.
Screenplay and Direction – Ram
Director Ram's script and his screenplay are the biggest plus points of the film. There are countless poignant scenes in the film which will give you goosebumps. The movie starts with the little girl telling her dad 'Nee mattum sethu poga kudadhu pa' (You alone should never die dad). You are set for a brilliant emotional ride right then. The dialogues of the film are relatable and powerful. The little girl preferring going on a bicycle with her dad rather than on a car will leave you on a high. Most of the serious issues are dealt in a down-to-earth manner. The movie will also be a powerful whip to schools that are behind money.
The innocent conversation between the two young kids in the second half will ask so many questions to the adults, who think they have mastered the art of living. Ram has not forced any scene or dialogue in the movie to exaggerate any sequence. No character in the film is made to look like an antagonist in the film. Director Ram can be proud of his film and he has every right to be angry for the delay in release. Special mention to Gautham Menon and JSK Film Corporation for being behind Ram in making this classic.
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