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Merku Thodarchi Malai Review: A spellbinding experience that will be talked for years
Merku Thodarchi Malai directed by Lenin Bharathi is an offbeat but an awesome visual treat. Written by Leni Bharathi, Merku Thodarchi Malai has every element to reach the audience added to it.
This Vijay Sethupathi Productions movie tries to essay the life of people living in small settlements of Western Ghats and the director has conveyed it through the lead character Rangasamy. Rangasamy's dream to own a land and earn money by farming and the journey to achieve his goal is the crux of Merku Thodarchi Malai.
Director through actor Antony who essayed the lead character Rangasamy has taken the audience to the living condition of people living on the foothills of the Western Ghat. The brilliant writer in Lenin Bharathi captures the audience' attention and make them travel with Rangasamy. Rangasamy's main earning is from the daily wage job he does. He picks up cardamom loads from the hills and brings it down.
The first half of the movie really indulges the audience in its spellbinding frames composed by Theni Easwar and the adventure and risk behind the beautiful foothills are amazingly captured by the cinematographer. The movie moves at a slow pace but it helps the movie feel like everything is natural and realistic. Ilaiyaraja's music plays a pivotal role in capturing the emotions of life in Merku Thodarchi Malai and it isn't just life of people but nature. The music really is travelling with the story and Rangasamy's life especially in the second half.
Rangasamy's travel to the uphills introduces many interesting characters and their ways of leading the life. During its course Rangasamy gets married and his dream of having his own land sees a dim. Time passes and he sticks more to his daily routines and his family. But a critical situation leads him to participate in a revolt and things turn upside down.
Director Lenin Bharathi ends the movie with a note that even development can be a greater cause of the destruction of the way of living and a community. Merku Thodarchi Malai is definitely real to reel life adaptation of many communities that are hidden in the country fearing the loss of its own identity.
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Merku Thodarchi Malai is a multi-award winning rural drama directed by Lenin Bharathi. The movie was completed long ago and was very well received in the film festival circuits. Now, it's hitting the screens today. The early talk for it is generally positive. You can do yourself a favor by watching the film as expressed by some. The movie is an emotional, hard-hitting tale. Gives you a rooted story packed with real-life characters and worrying situations. Vijay Sethupathi should be commended for coming up with such a film by producing it.
The movie is an artistic gem depicting the plight of the landless labors. The director Lenin Bharathi takes us to the Western Ghats. The film makes us root for earthy characters, communist politics, betrayal & industrialization. The poignant climax sends out speechless. Merkuthodarchi Malai is not a movie to be missed. This movie pleasantly surprises the audience with its moving story about life and politics of the working class along the western ghats. Exquisitely shot and there's not a single bad frame that feels out of place. The visuals breathe life into the overall viewing experience.
The movie is very original and makes the audience wonder how such an honest movie is made. Vijay Sethupathi's guts are to be appreciated. The movie stands as an example for filmmaking at its finest. Extraordinary visuals and strong performances add value to the movie. Some audience even goes to the extent by calling it a world-class cinema in Tamil. There is nothing melodramatic and is sprinkled with humor and emotions.
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What is Merku Thodarchi Malai about?
Merku Thodarchi Malai, directed by Lenin Bharathi after taking successful runs at the International Film Festival is finally hitting the theatres on August 24. The movie features Joker fame actress Gayathri and debutant Antony. Vijay Sethupathi under his banner Vijay Sethupathi Productions is bankrolling the project.
What to expect from Merku Thodarchi Malai?
Vijay Sethupathy and his Production banner
Merku Thodarchi Malai is a prestigious project for Vijay Sethupathi. Vijay Sethupathi, the actor who is known for his selection of projects follows the choosy nature with his production ventures too. Merku Thodarchi Malai marks his Vijay Sethupathi's second production venture to release this year. But the movie was completed and censored in the year 2015. The banner Vijay Sethupathi Productions is definitely one of the key features for the audience to ramp in for the movie.
The trailer, jinxes and the reports from special screenings and film festivals says Merku Thodarchi Malai essays the story of a hardworking labourer who lives in the western ghats. He dreams to own a piece of land and earn a living by farming in his land and the movie which is set in the backdrops of Western Ghats revolves around his efforts and the struggles of him. The movie which is set in the backdrops of Western Ghats had its run at many film festivals and it widely had garnered appreciation for its realistic approach to project the life of the people living in that hilly areas.
Lenin Bharathi and the lead actors
Lenin Bharathi is known for his amazing content driven writings and screenplays. He is making his debut directorial venture with this movie. The movie's journey to prestigious International Film Awards has given the director kudos for his amazing portrayal of the life of people in the most realistic way. Lenin Bharathi had roped in Gayathri and Antony to play the lead roles. Gayathri is known to everyone for her effortless performance in the National Award-winning movie Joker. From the trailer, it is seen that Antony who is portraying the character Rangasamy looks very natural and apt for the character.
Vijay Sethupathi has raised the value of his production venture Merku ThOdarchi Malai by roping in the finest technicians of Kollywood.
- The most highlighted feature of this movie is the presence of the legendary music director Ilayaraja. The veteran has scored all the sings and background music for the film.
- Theni Easwar heads the cinematography and the veteran editor Mu Kasi Viswanathan is heading the edits and effects of Merku Thodarchi Malai.