Cast: Sashi Kumar, Vinodhini, Ramya Shankar, Balu Mahendra, Master Karthik
Direction: Balu Mahendra
Producer: M Sashi Kumar
Banner: Company Production
Run Time: 105 Mins
Release Date: 20 Dec 2013
Veteran director Balu Mahendra’s Thalaimuraigal starring S Sashikumar, Master Karthik, Ramya Shankar, Vinodhini and Aryan in the pivotal characters was released today. The surprise however is that Balu Mahendra has taken up the role of one of the leads. After almost seven years since his ‘Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam’ the director is back with Thalaimuraigal and interestingly for the first time he is debuting as an actor with this film. Produced by M Sasikumar, who by the way has done a cameo in the movie, Thalaimuraigal is a tale of a grandfather and his grandson. And, this is why you must catch this movie.
The greater part of the movie is shot in a 250 year old house, situated in Chennai. The veteran has worked along with his students for this movie. Thalaimuraigal talks about the relationship between a grandfather and his grandchild. The director reveals that he came up with the script when he was 8.
Thalaimuraigal has a very beautifully woven storyline. It is simple yet touching. It is a grandson’s remembrance of his grandfather. Master Karthick, the child artist plays Adithya (Aadhi) in the film; Sashikumar and Ramya Shankar play Aadhi’s parents, Balu Mahendra plays Aadhi’s grandfather and M.Sasikumar plays a very important cameo. Aadhi’s parents are doctors who are always busy with the hush and hurry of city life. They tie the knot in an inter-cast marriage which Balu Mahendra (grandfather) does not approve of.
Balu Mahendra plays a retired Tamil professor who is still bent upon his orthodox way of living. A sudden turn of events brings this family of three back to the village. So from there on the storyline revolves around how Aadhi and his grandfather start bonding. This beautiful journey makes Aadhi and his family learns the simple yet necessary lessons of life and it shows us how an old man breaks free of unnecessary conventions.