Aval Peyar Tamilarasi

Aval Peyar Tamilarasi


By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 06 March 2010

Movie Title

Aval Peyar Tamilarasi


Meera Kathiravan

Star Cast

Jai, Nandagi, Ganja Karuppu

It needs guts and gumption to make a film like Aval Peyar Tamilarasi. Writer and director Meera Kathiravan seems to have as his role models the 70?s and 80?s Malayalam niche directors like Aravindan, Padmarajan and Lohitadas, who are no more. They always had a simple straightforward love story that pulled at your heart strings and mostly set against the milieu of a dying art-form of Kerala.

Meera Kathiravan has taken the backdrop of unexplored Tholpavai puppeteers to tell his love story between a rich boy and a poor girl which begins in a south Tamil Nadu village and travels to Pune for an off- beat climax. Meera has not tried to water down his script with commercial elements, so for a normal viewer of Tamil films it moves at a slow speed.

The film opens with the hero Jothi Murugan (Jai) travelling in an omni bus and his voice over about his past and obsessive love for a girl whom he is searching desperately. The audience comes to know that he grew up in a remote village in Nellai district in south Tamil Nadu with his grandfather Chelladurai (Theodre Bhaskaran), a local landlord.

In his childhood he was drawn to Tamilarasi (Nandagi), part of a family of puppeteers led by Siva Rao (Veera Santhanam) who travel from one village to another.

But the villagers shift their loyalty to other forms of entertainment like circus and cinema and the puppeteers are left with no other option than moving out. However Jothi comes to the rescue of Siva Rao and family by asking his grandfather to give them material support. Jothi and Tamil become inseparable and in the board exam, while the boy fails the girl becomes the district topper and gets admission in a Pune Medical college. Their relationship takes a new turn as Jothi does a rash act which changes everybody?s life.

The film moves at a leisurely pace till interval, but the second half it crawls as the director loses his grip. What works for the film is the appealing camera work of PG Muthiah, especially the night effects, Vijay Antony?s rustic beats with Kudu Kudu Goods Vandi, and Nee Otha Sollu.., being the pick of the lot. The art work of SS Murthy in recreating a village and the puppeteers is brilliant. The award winning editor Raja Mohammed could have speeded up the film.

The film would have worked big time if the lead artists Jai and Nandagi who has done a decent job should have been a little more lively and expressive to get that on screen chemistry better. There are traces of films like Poo, Azhagi and Aravindan?s Thambu.

Well-intentioned in his attempts to make good cinema, Meera Kathiravan and producers Moserbaer and Blue Ocean deserve a pat on their backs for crafting a movie that will stay in your hearts . It is a welcome change from the usual mass masalas and need to be seen in that perceptive.

Verdict: Realistic

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