Thirumanam Review: A little preachy, yet firmly delivers good messages
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Thirumanam is a movie that has a thin plot. It is about modern day weddings and whatever is necessarily and unnecessarily involved in planning for the big event.
More than being an occasion where two hearts, and families unite, marriages are considered prestigious happenings in any family.
In an attempt to prove the world of the status of one’s family, any marriage has many bells and whistles added to it.
On the outside, everything looks posh and happy – but Thirumanam digs deep on the other side – the ugly side – that’s behind the colorful weddings and posh smiles.
We have a bunch of characters – all crucial to the plot. And it is nice to see that all of them are given their own weight and character development.
A radio jockey Mahesh (Umapathy Ramiah) and his Facebook fan Aathira (Kavya Suresh) get to like each other and meet for coffee. They decide to let each other’s family know about their affair before taking things forward.
Mahesh’s family comprises of his 10 year elder sister Manonmani (Sukanya) and uncle MS Bhaskar.
Aathira has a brother Arivudainambi (Cheran), a mother and an uncle (Thambi Ramiah).
Manonmani is pretty sure that she wants the wedding to be a grand one since she’s from a Zamindar’s family. On the other hand, Arivudainambi who is a clean IT officer wants the marriage to be done in a rather simple manner as a family occasion.
There occurs numerous clashes (not literally) between the two families, and in particular, Arivudainambi and Manonmani, as the planning for the wedding progresses.
All the characters in the movie have performed really well, but Suganya gets to be mostly in the limelight.
The movie handles a subject that’s totally applicable to today’s society. And hence, it is so easily for anyone to relate to whatever is going on the screen.
Cheran also takes on two other things (sub-plots) to convey to us. One is about how people take grand weddings so seriously and end up borrowing hefty amounts for the same.
To emphasize this, we have the story of Cheran’s senior Jayaprakash. He ends up in jail due to corruption charge that he had to forcefully do to compromise the loan he took for his daughter’s wedding.
We also have another sub-plot about organic farming.
I must agree that some lengthy dialogues do give the movie a preachy tone and at times you get a stagnant feeling as the plot goes nowhere.
Also due to the monotonous flow of the screenplay, we get to sense a TV serial-like flow in the movie.
But apart from these shortcomings, the movie brings out some of the crucial aspects much needed to today’s society. And Cheran definitely needs to be applauded for that.