| 6/10 |
| 22 February 2006|
Mani Ratnam, Sunanda Murali Manohar
Madhavan (Thambi Velu Thondaiman), Pooja Umashankar (Actress), Biju Menon (Actor), Vadivelu (Comedian), Manivannan (Actor), Ilavarasu (Actor)
Thambi (English: Younger Brother) is 2006 Tamil social action film written and directed by Seeman. The film features Madhavan and Pooja in the lead roles, while Vadivelu, Manivannan and Biju Menon play other supporting roles. Featuring music composed by Vidyasagar and cinematography by Balasubramaniem, the film released in 22 February 2006 and become successful in box office.
Thambi Velu Thondaiman (Madhavan) is a rebellious youth who cannot tolerate violence and injustice by any means. His main target is Sankara Pandian (Biju Menon) who is a rich local goon. Thambi wants Sankara Pandian to leave all his illegal activities and violence. One day Thambi interrupts Archana’s (Pooja) stage performance when chasing a wrong doer. Archana misunderstands Thambi as a rowdy and hates him. But Thambi saves Archana in a restaurant when a few guys try molesting her following which Archana starts liking Thambi which gradually transforms into love. Thambi does not reciprocate and wants Archana to stop following him as he has so many enemies in the city.
Thambi is invited to his alma mater to preside for a function where he opens up his personal story. A flashback is shown where Thambi was leading a joyful life with his parents and sister. Once, Thambi spots a murder committed by Saravana Pandian (Shanmuga Rajeshwaran), who is the brother of Sankara Pandian. Thambi becomes the witness for the murder and identifies the murderer in court which angers Sankara Pandian. To avenge his brother’s arrest, Sankara Pandian murders Thambi’s parents and sister. This made Thambi to transform into a fearless youth trying to make the city free from violence.
Thambi wants Sankara Pandian to transform into a good guy and prevents all his plans to erupt violence in the city. Finally Sankara Pandian brings in violence and clashes in the city one day for political reasons. But Sankara Pandian’s mother suddenly suffers from heart attack and Sankara Pandian rushes to the hospital with his mother. But on the way, his car gets blocked in traffic as there is violence everywhere on the roads and Sankara Pandian could not reach hospital on time. Thambi comes to the spot and Sankara Pandian thinks that Thambi will take revenge on him by killing his family. But to his surprise, Thambi lifts Sankara Pandian’s mother from car and runs to a hospital. Sankara Pandian’s mother is saved following which Sankara Pandian realizes his mistake and admires Thambi’s great affection for the well-being of every person although not related to him. He also decides to leave all his violence and illegal activities and apologizes to Thambi for his wrongful acts committed. In the end, Thambi and Archana unite.Madhavan as Thambi Velu Thondaiman
Pooja as Archana
Biju Menon as Sankara Pandian
Ilavarasu as Shankarayan
Shanmugarajan as Saravana Pandian
Director Seeman made a comeback to film direction after taking a sabbatical following the release of Veeranadai in 1999 and began working on a script about a village-based vigilante to be produced by Mid Valley Entertainments. Madhavan heard the script of the film at the insistence of his manager, Nazir, and was impressed with the "fire and confidence" in Seeman's narration. He subsequently signed on to work on the film in October 2004. The actor subsequently underwent a makeover for the film, sporting long hair and portrayed a young man from a village for the first time in his career. The team initially approached Asin for the lead female role, but Pooja was eventually signed on to work on the film during December 2004 and collaborated with Madhavan for the second time after Jay Jay (2003).
The film was shot across South Tamil Nadu, with shoots extensively filmed in Karaikudi. Madhavan left the shoot of the film in August 2005 to attend the birth of his child in Mumbai. His sudden disappearance led to the Producers' Guild giving him a ban, before the matter was amicably sorted. The film was completed during November 2005 and the team began post-production works thereafter. Dubbing works were completed at Bharani Studios in Chennai later that month.
Soundtrack was composed by Vidyasagar and lyrics were written by Na.Muthukumar, Barathiyar & Vairamuthu.
The film opened to mixed reviews but performed well at the box office. A critic from Sify.com stated "Seeman's intentions are noble but could have been told in a more realistic manner". Indiaglitz.com stated "Seeman has succeeded in rendering a movie carrying a message that fits the contemporary society" and that it is "a bold attempt worth watching". The critic added "however, on the flip side, towards the second-half, few romantic sequences scenes involving Pooja and Madhavan puts brakes on the movie's pace".
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