Runing length: 2 Hrs 20 Mins Release date:30/Aug/2013 Genre:Children, Drama
Thanga Meengal Review - Honest Effort
PUBLISHED DATE: 30/Aug/2013
Thanga Meengal Review - Honest Effort
by Bharath Vijayakumar
Ram's debut Katradhu Thamizh was a film that won rich accolades from the critics. Over the years it has developed a cult following and members of this cult were eagerly waiting for the release of his next film. With a poetic title and backed by Gautham Menon does 'Thanga Meengal' prove worth the wait?
It is a simple heart tugging tale about the love between a father(Kalyani) and his child(Chellamma). You could even decipher it as the love between two children as Kalyani is as pure and innocent as his daughter. This spotless affection between the two often makes them do things that do not seem practical to the others surrounding them. His zero to near modest earnings often makes Kalyani an object of ridicule and one such circumstance sees him get separated from his daughter as he decides to slug it out and make some money in order to fulfill her innocent wishes.
This is not a film where you can even search for actors. Each of him or her is the character that they play. Ram shines as the innocent and short tempered Kalyani who will not take his self respect for granted. Baby Sadhana as Chellamma is the perfect foil and these two ably carry the film on their shoulders. 'Poo' Ramu as Ram's father comes up with a matured performance that is dignified and beautifully underplayed. Rohini and Shelly Kishore as Ram's mother and wife respectively portray their seeming inability to cope up with the situations quite well. Padmapriya in a cameo impresses.
Yuvan Shankar Raja is the soul of Thanga Meengal. Right from the beginning as the starting credits roll he gets you immersed with his work. The Aanandha Yaazhai song and it's picturisation is something to cherish.
Director Ram :
Ram deserves utmost praise for yet another honest effort with Thanga Meengal. He has a simple story to tell and he has gone about it without resorting to any compromises whatsoever. But there is no denying the fact that the film does seem melodramatic in more than one occasion. While the intention might have been to celebrate the innocence of the two primary characters you cannot help but feel more sympathetic to the people around them who are often at the receiving end for no fault of theirs. But on the other hand that does seem the way how it works sometimes in real life. In N number of times in the film Chellamma is shown as gone missing before the family starts searching for her. With such a caring mother and grandparents how is this even possible. And this keeps happening again and again in the film. Ram comes up with a dedication that drives home a message with a slide at the end of the film. But if the intention of this film was to deliver that message then it actually does that more with this slide than with it's narration.
Filmmakers such as Ram are rare and it is pertinent that we support meaningful efforts. Thanga Meengal is a film that deserves our patronage for it's honest intentions and efforts.
Rating : 3 out of 5
An Honest Effort
Ram has a simple story to tell and he has gone about it without resorting to any compromises whatsoever. But there is no denying the fact that the film does seem melodramatic in more than one occasion.
by Bharath Vijayakumar - MovieCrow
Rating Full Review
A must watch movie with your daughter.
Thanga Meengal is another movie that talks about father-daughter sentiment. Not a new concept, but it has uniqueness in the way of presentation. » more
by Sandesh - One India
A big round of applause to Director Ram for his vision and unflinching passion on his subject
Thanga Meengal brims with heart felt heavy emotions, has lifelike performances and is a brilliantly made film. » more
by Editorial Board - Behindwoods.com
A disappointment of sorts
The director loses focus often, the messages convoluted. Was the movie about the faulty educational system? Or was it about the elite English medium schools versus the Tamil government-run schools issue? Was it about the needs of a special child or about Kalyani, a misfit in society? Or was it just ... » more
by Malini Mannath - Indian Express
Artsy, gutsy with minor flaws
Ram's "Thanga Meenal" is not your ordinary Tamil film that comes week after week. It's a rare children's film that rises to live up to its purpose while stumbling along the way. » more
by IANS - Sify.com
A cocktail of sentiments
Ram deserves a special mention for his direction cum acting, with only two movies he has proved his mettle and Kollywood needs more directors like him no doubt. The cameo by Padmapriya as a teacher might look uncalled for, however that's screenplay of twists! » more
by Review board - IndiaGlitz.com
'Thanga Meengal' is not your ordinary Tamil film
Despite being overly sentimental and bravely taking a dig at primary school education system and a few other things, 'Thanga Meengal' is a coming-of-age story of an unfit father struggling to make ends meet, told through the eyes of his eight-year old daughter. » more
by IANS - IANS