Cast: Ram, Sadhana
Producer: Gautham Menon, Reshma Ghatala, Venkat Somasundaram
Banner: Photon Kathaas
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Run Time: 140 Mins
Release Date : 30 Aug 2013
Thanga Meengal (2013)
Six years after the release of the critically acclaimed Kattradhu Thamizh, the director of the film, Ramsubramaniam, is back with Thanga Meengal, a film that highlights the unique bond shared by a father and his daughter.
The backdrop of the film is the modern-day education system. The director himself plays the lead role, along with Baby Sadhana, who essays the role of his daughter.
Thanga Meengal has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja and has been jointly produced by Gautham Menon under his home banner, Photon Kathaas, and J Satish Kumar, whose JSK Film Corporation, has been associated with films such as Bala’s Paradesi and Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom.
The film has been shot in a picture-perfect village surrounded by lush green hills, thick forest, flowing streams, and the sounds of birds mixed with the sound of the passing trains.
Chellama (Baby Sadhana) lives in this village with her doting father, Kalyani (director Ram), mother Vadivu (Shelly Kishore) and her grandparents Rohini and Poo Ramu. Though Kalyani’s parents are very rich, Kalyani is a school dropout without any proper job or income, and is dependent on his father.
His daughter Chellama is the apple of his eye and there is absolutely nothing in the world he would not do for her.
Chellama’s biggest problem is her school and her teachers. She is way behind the other students and often becomes the object of ridicule with both her teachers and classmates. This upsets her and she finds comfort only in the company of her father, who is patient and understanding and caters to her every whim.
A small argument with the school teacher, who refuses to allow his daughter to participate in a dance programme, results in a bigger disagreement at home with his father, who believes that Kalyani has spoiled his own life with his lazy ways and is doing the same with his daughter. An angry Kalyani walks out of the house, forced to leave behind his inconsolable daughter.