Cast: Sashi Kumar,Ramya Shankar, Master Karthik
Director: Balu Mahendra
Producer: M. Sasikumar
Banner: Company Production
Thalaimuraigal is all about three generations of a family and emotional bond. Balu Mahendra portrays the role of disciplined old man who strictly follows traditions and culture. As he is conservative and orthodox, he does not accept his son’s marriage with different religion girl so his son (Sashi) is forced to leave home and ask him not to attend even his funeral.
When Balu Mahendra is suffering with age related issues and becomes ill, Sashi visits village along with wife and son. They decided to settle down in the village to take care of Balu Mahendra’s health. Sashi’s son is admitted to local school there itself. During this period, interaction between conservative grandfather and fast moving cultured grandson which forms the crux.
Balu Mahendra, who is well-known for his cinematography and directorial skills donned grease paint for the first time and proved with acting skills on screen.
Sashi Kumar, who is familiar face on small screen and many films, is class apart. His wife Ramya Shankar is seen in pivotal role and she did justice.
Master Karthik gives off excellent performance. His expressions are worthy of standing ovation. This bright lad has given life and soul to the story which carried emotion till the end. The way he delivers dialogues and body language is perfect on screen.
One who well-versed with stories and English literature will recollect their memories of story that was written by Chinua Achebe ‘Marriage is a Private Affair’ which speaks about the conflict between old generation and new generation.
After Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam in 2005, Balu Mahendra has come up with subject which is woven with human values. He has rightfully created poetry in celluloid format. As we are into fast moving world, how we are missing beautiful things in daily life is focused on this film. When Balu comes to know that his grandson doesn’t know Tamil, the way he emotes, performs and excels is fabulous on screen. It shows his concern over present generation’s lethargy in the name of lavishness and fast approached methods. Thalaimuraigal stimulates that feel of human relations. You would see heart- touching moments in this film which make your heart like wax to melt.
Direction by Balu Mahendra deserves distance marks for extracting outstanding performance from Master Karthik. Balu sir handled the plot with supreme sensitivity. He himself handled cinematography and editing. He used Canon 5D DSLR for Thalaimuraigal and major portion of the film was shot without using artificial lights in natural locations. Background score of Ilayaraja is another asset for the film. Dialogues are so emotional and pricking heart.
Thalaimuraigal is typical off-beat story which would be appealing to all sections of audiences as it speaks about human values.