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02-16-2004, 03:59 PM
A typical Thangar pacchan movie. But this film doesnt satisfy the expectations raised for his movie after azhagi and solla marandha kathai. On the whole, a good movie...good selection of characters.. rangitha (heronine at 1st stage) and junior bacchan.. But there is something missing in the movie...pbly Illayaraja music!? and the impact Thangar used to create ..

Some of the scenes were really good..esp the scene when parthiban explains the andal song to uma.. In his previous movies , even if the character comes for few mins they used to make an impact...but that is totally missing in this movie. The story moves fast at times and moves slow the other times.. If you watch this movie with expectations 'Movie from the director of Azhagi...you will be disappointed'. Otherwise its a good one.

03-02-2004, 02:11 PM
Review from Cinesouth:

This is yet another serious film from Thangar Bachchan. If you are going to the theatres to entertain yourself, he specializes in sending you home with a heavy heart.

He has chosen a matured young woman to play the lead role in the film. If Dhanalakshmi in the film 'Azagi' had fallen in love with her classmate, in 'Thendral', the young Thamaraiselvi has a crush on her neighbor, a writer, ever since she was a young girl (how many other such school-girl love stories that he still have with him?).

Parthiban plays Nalankilli, a moustache socially conscious moustache sporting writer with a short temper. To relieve his stress, he looks for women and wine.

When she grows up, Thamaraiselve loses her family and becomes a destitute. That's when she meets the writer again. Parthiban mistakes her for a prostitute and uses her. She bears it quietly and gladly becomes pregnant with his child. In the end, the child grows up and reveals some startling truths.

The whole film reels under the influence of 'Azagi'. In this film too, Uma has a child and has nostalgic memories of her childhood love.

Everybody cries and weeps in the film. You need to show poverty, but, why bring in unnecessary weepy characters like Swathika and Lawrence?

Thangar Bachchan has expressed his personal feelings and anger in the form of the writer in the film. He has used the hero as his mouthpiece to express his views on favorite issues like Cauvery issue, worshipping in Tamil and Tamil folk music.

The film's theme is the blind devotion that women have towards their favorite heroes and sportsmen. Uma plays the role of a woman who lives her childhood in her dreams and her adulthood in pain and misery (we now know why all the leading heroines had refused this role). It is very realistic to watch a light shine in her eyes each time she sees her lover.

Parthiban plays the role of a man who impresses a woman with his writing and ideologies and then becomes totally unaware of her pain and sufferings. Meanwhile, he continues to live life as he pleases. He has enjoyed playing the role of a writer with a flair for literature and sensitivity towards social issues (for a change, he has left his sarcasm behind).

It is a big loss for the ordinary film watcher that editing or the film's background score had done nothing to fasten the pace of the crawling film.

The 'Adithodi' song feels like the touch of the feather, but, you get a feeling that Vihdyasagar could have done a better job, keeping in nature the sensitive nature of the film.

The film does have a powerful story, but the screenplay need not have been so dark. There are only a few happy scenes in the film ( the young Uma's dreams make butterflies fly in our hearts too).

In the final few minutes, you are touched by a strange excitement and curiosity. Uma's grown up son Valavan manages to get to Parthiban, but, when Uma reaches there in search of him, she doesnt see him,...the story moves from one scene to another, rapidly.

When Parthiban falls at her feet and seeks her forgiveness saying, "Do I deserve a love so pure?", Uma's whole life becomes worth all the troubles. Good.

Almost all the films in Tamil are made with the hero in mind. In such a scenario, Thangar Bachchan deserves an applause for making a film from the woman's point of view.

But, does that need so many tears and weeping sessions? Is it right to depress the audience too?

03-02-2004, 02:40 PM
The earlier two films of Thankar Pacchan Azhagi and Solla Marandha Kathai were critically acclaimed and were commercial hits. He has come out with his third film Thendral (breeze) with Parthibhan and Uma in the lead. “ Although Karthik was the initial choice , his call sheet was not available when we wanted. The next choice was Parthibhan with whom I vibe well. And I would openly say that no one else other than Parthibhan would have done that complex ‘Nalankilli’ role. My son Arvind Pacchan is introduced as Parthibhan’s son” explained the director when met on the sets of Thendral. The story revolves around the life of a writer Nalankilli (Parthibhan) who wants to reform the society through his writings. It is based on the real life novelist Jayakanthan.

The film has a musical subject. Pacchan who was all along working with Illayaraja has Vidhyasagar scoring music for Thendral. “ I always feel that nobody can beat Illayaraja sir in music. Because of his non-availability we had to take Vidhyasagar, but after seeing his work only I realised that there is Illayaraja in everyone. Vidhyasagar was amazing and the songs have come out so well” clarifies Thankar on changing Isai Gnani. The lyric writer Thamarai has given a beautiful song describing the heroine Thamarai. It was picturised on Uma and choreographed by Radhika Shruthir Singh on the exotic locales of Godhavari delta, Rajamundhry, Vizag beach etc. While sharing his happiness about working for Oscar Films Pacchan said. “I am greatful to Oscar Ravichandran for giving this chance to direct a meaningful film and that too without interfering in my work. I don’t know on what criteria he had opted for a director like me who really don’t believe in pure commercialism. But I can vouch that my film would not cause a dent in his pocket”. Other lead artistes are Shwathika, Ramesh Khanna, Suryakanth, Paandu, Janakaraj and Ranjitha.