Thamiraparani Tamil Movie Review

Feature Film | Drama, Action
Jan 18, 2007 By PVS

'Thaamirabharani' is a clone of Sandakozhi, Thimiru and Sivapathikaaram. These movies had similarities in all respects -- Vishal in the lead, a rural background, fiery stunts, family feuds, sentiments and romance. And, all the three clicked at the box office.

Director Hari, who is known for his smash hit Sami, did not want to risk deviating from these elements of movie- making and as a result dished out a film which is cliche-ridden. 'Thaamirabharani' is neither groundbreaking in its construction nor visually arresting.

The story is pretty straightforward and is set in the backdrop of Tirunelveli, Thuthukodi and Kanyakumari towns and villages and filled with South Tamil Nadu's emotions and pathos, culture, social constitution, casteist classes and jargons.

However, a racy screenplay and breath-taking stunts keep the movie going. It is fun --filled with melodrama - as far as it goes. But it doesn't go too far.

Here goes the story...

Bharani (Vishal) is a hot-tempered youth who has just passed out of college. He and his mother (Rohini) live with Saravanan (Prabhu) - his maternal uncle and grandmother (Manorama). Bharani is very much attached to his uncle.

They are at constant loggerheads with a rival family led by Vijayakumar, Nassar, and Nadia Moidu.

Bharani falls in love with Bhanu (Bhanu). Later, Bharani learns that Bhanu is none other his cousin sister -- only daughter of Sakunthala Devi (Nadia Moidu), the estranged wife of his uncle, Saravanan.

Bharani finds out that Sakunthala detested Saravanan for showing extreme love and affection to his mother and him and therefore she parted ways with Saravanan and settled with her father (Vijayakumar) and brother (Nasser), who have turned hostile after that.

Despite strong opposition from both families, Bharani and Bhanu are determined to forge a life together and as a corollary bring about reconciliation between Sakunthala and Saravanan and reunite the two families. How Bharani and Bhanu face the devastating consequences of their emotional actions forms the rest of the movie.

Vishal is excellent as a short-tempered man, who finds courage and strength to fight for causes he believes in. His stunts are mind-boggling. But, his attempts at evoking laughter through comic quips draw a blank.

Vishal should come out of his set formula to avoid being stamped as a stereotype.

This is the first time Bhanu faces the camera. She looks inert and deeply ill-at-ease. Ganja Karuppu's comedy is infantile. Prabhu, Nadia, Rohini and a raft of other actors are convincing without fail.

Yuvan Shankar Raja's music is mellifluous in parts. The song Thaliyae.Thevai... sung by Hariharan and Bhavatharani is outstanding. Priyan's camera work is average.