Thanga Meengal

Emotional appeal to miniscule audience!

Reviews 30-Aug-2013 5:12 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Before a leap into the crisp analysis of Ram’s Thanga Meengal, we bring you a couple of different verdicts that would be drawn by two set of groups. The first one is obviously the elderly cohort, who would strongly support the character of Ram in the film as a father with blind-n-wild love for his children and the other one is patently about the group that simply rejects it by calling a father with silly intentions. Well, the trailers showcased the film as a father’s pursuit on something incredulous object to be acquired, all for the sake of his daughter. But when you have the same visuals giving a different meaning with screenplay, you may feel as though your expectations are failed. Say for instance, the scene where Ram grabs the laptop, it looks like this is all for his daughter, but again there remains to be a different intention as watched on the screens.

There is nothing much to reveal on the film’s plot as it deeply looks into an unconditional bonding between a father and daughter. There are fathers, who become obsessive about their daughters that they feel alienated when their girl first goes to the school. So is Ram, who feels so much adhered to his daughter (played by Baby Sadhana). Of course, we have seen a lot of movies nurtured emotionally with father-daughter relationship over the years, but Ram limits himself to a rigid plot. It’s a series of chronological incidents that happen in their lives and that deserve a pat.

Getting through the performance of actors, Ram portrays the emotions of a father with excellence. Yes, at places it looks like he is little hyper active with his performance while emoting to certain sequences, but that’s worth a pardon for his overall praiseworthy performance. On the flip side, as a director, Ram has tried to influence Baby Sadhana in many places as she apes his mannerisms for many scenes. But she enchants you with her promising performance, which may even land her accolades. The actor in Ram’s father fits the role to T and Rohini is okay. Padmapriya doesn’t have more than 3-4 sequences in the film, but stands out as a refreshing element in the narrative.

When it comes down to writing, there are few scenes that really takes you for the tour of emotions, but revealing them in few words will turn out to be a spoiler. Yuvan Shankar Raja might be easily associated for his peppy western tunes, but he proves to be a Melody King with this film. Almost all the songs remain so close to our hearts even after the show is over. Cinematography by Arbhindu Saaraa helps a lot in keeping us intact and Sreekar Prasad works for a best transition on editing.

On the whole, Thanga Meengal is not about commercial elements or a raw drama of emotions. It carries the emotions of relationships, but an engaging screenplay would have made it more appealing. In few occasions of this film, children can discover their fathers and that’s a word we have for you.

Verdict: Emotional appeal to miniscule audience.

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