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Kanchivaram (2008)

A poor silk weaver promises his wife to dress their newborn daughter in a silk saree for her marriage. Facing systemic oppression and the vicissitudes of his fortune, he struggles to keep his word.

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Priyadarshan

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Priyadarshan (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Prakash Raj ... Venkadam
Shreya Reddy ... Annam
Shammu Shammu ... Thamarai
Sreekumar ... Communist Stranger
Geetha Vijayan ... Venkadam's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vimal ... Rangan
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An aging man named Vengadam (Prakash Raj) is being released from jail in 1948. He is only being escorted for two days (the reason not revealed) back to his hometown of Kanchipuram. He is being transported under the custody of two policemen on a bus from the jail. As the journey takes place, Vengadam recalls his past symbolically as several events that occur in the bus (such as sounds) remind him of his past. Vengadam is a silk weaver in the town of Kanchivaram, and has just recently got married (with Shreya Reddy). He had vowed once that he will only wed a woman wearing a silk saree, but had to settle for normalcy as he unable to garner enough savings to buy one. It is then revealed through his life proceedings that silk weavers are only paid a very low sum 7 rupees for each silk saree woven. This means that despite being weavers, they can't afford, nor even see the silk saree being worn by other people. Vengadam is shown as a talented weaver and best of the lot. Few years down the ...

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13 March 2009 (India) See more »

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Mysore, Karnataka, India

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A brilliant and touching story, with a great message.
8 September 2009 | by spam_nimishSee all my reviews

I would like to warn you that this was the first Tamil movie I have ever watched, but it was indeed a real treat. The movie is presented mostly in terms of flashbacks, which have been artistically done. The story revolves over a silk weaver in Kanchivaram and his family, during the advent of communism in South India.

Prakash Raj (the protagonist) has played his role fantastically and the viewer is bound to condone his faults and his crimes, as the director weaves a strong emotional bond with the protagonist. Shriya Reddy plays the role of a house-wife to the best. All other performances (save a few) were top notch, especially the daughter.

The movie is extremely emotional and one would get deeply saddened at the end. But, Priyadarshan has brought out a few morals very well in this movie and has depicted brilliantly how communism infused vigor & courage in the minds of the weavers of Kanchivaram. Although Communism has been shown in a positive light, the essence of the movie doesn't revolve over the Red Brigade and is much more universal.

All in all it is one of the best pieces of cinema from India and definitely one of the best I have seen coming from the South. So do watch it if you can!!!


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