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THENMERKKU PARUVAKATRU MOVIE REVIEW
Review by : Behindwoods review board
Starring: Saranya, Vasunthara, Sethu
Direction: Seenu Ramasamy
Music: Raghunandan
Production: Kathiresan

Director Seenu Ramasamy’s oeuvre specialises in village subjects; his earlier movie was Koodal Nagar – set in the backdrop of Madurai. His Thenmerkku Paruvakaatru goes a little farther to Theni and its surrounding villages, while he brings us a tale of love and longing. Since there is no dearth of such movies in the recent past in Tamil,
  Thenmerkku Paruvakatru
Thenmerkku Paruvakatru risks being stereotyped. And the fact that it feels like a regular village drama – with a doting mother, an uncontrollable son who falls in love with a girl belonging to the family of thieves and the hurdles the love face – doesn’t help much either.

While the opening scene makes one sit up and take notice, the movie pales into insignificance soon after with nothing much to hold the viewer’s interest. In a movie marked by sketchy characterization of its actors, Saranya takes the cake with her adroit performance as she usually does. Sethu and Vasunthara play the lead: while Vasunthara shows some potential, she’s completely stripped of her boyish exuberance of Peranmai and plays the sly, thieving dame whose family lives on thieved goats from the neighbourhood village.


So Vasunthara falls in love with Sethu when she is caught red handed by him in one of her thieving expeditions (the opening shot, which is shot intriguingly). But love with a girl belonging to a family of thieves is obviously seeking for trouble. In the end, Saranya realises the girl’s true love when she comes home to her requesting his son to stay away from her since her brothers are after his life. The doting mother jumps into action and single-handedly stands up against the rancorous brothers to save the love of his son.


Essentially, Thenmerkku Paruvakatru is a regular village drama and can easily be written down as one of those small timers aspiring to make a fast buck or two. Neither Vairamuthu’s lyrics nor Raghunandan’s music leave an impression with you. So much for a lyrical title like Thenmerkku Paruvakaatru, which was, in fact, penned by Vairamuthu for Karuthamma in 1994.

Saranya remains the saving grace of the film with her convincingly luminous performance that breathes life into her character making it believable with her earnestness.


Verdict: Not as lyrical as it sounds!


Tags : Thenmerkku Paruvakatru, Saranya, Vasunthara, Seenu Ramasamy
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