Aadum Koothu

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Aadum Koothu
Directed by T. V. Chandran
Starring Navya Nair
Cheran
Prakash Raj
Akil Kumar
Seeman
Manorama
Music by Isaac Thomas Kottukappilly
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Release dates
  • 2005 (2005)
Running time 106 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Aadum Koothu is a 2005 Tamil film directed by T. V. Chandran and starring Navya Nair, Cheran, Prakash Raj, Akil Kumar, Seeman and Manorama. The film premiered at various film festivals in 2005 but remained unreleased in theatres. Later, Zee Tamizh telecasted this film. The film received critical praise and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.[1]

Plot[edit]

The film unfolds from the life of college student Manimekhala (Navya Nair), a village girl who can see what others don't. A serious reader of modern literature, from a southern district of Tamil Nadu, Manimekhala sees visions, that no one believe. Later incidents prove, that what she said become true. She creates scenes, whenever she has these illusions. Interestingly, the illusions are like a movie projected on an imaginary screen from her bangle presented by her fiancee Muthu (Akil Kumar). The bangle isactually made from molten celluloid. This projected movie roughly reveals thestory of a couple of street performers (Cheran and Navya Nair) in love and tortured by a lustful Zamindar (Prakash Raj) who tonsures the girl's head.

Even on the marriage stage, her bangle projects such a show specially for her, and she creates a scene ending in the cancellation of the marriage ceremony. Later her understanding fiancée Muthu accompanies her to investigate what really happens. It leads to an old retired school master, who says the story of the dropped movie. In the later 1970s this movie was actually made by an enthusiastic young director Gnanasekaran (Cheran) and dropped in the midway due to a mishap. This retired man was enacting the role of the zamindar in the film,and the plot was based on a real incident. The heroine is at first reluctant,when the director/hero tells her that her head will be really shaved and nospecial effects business. After persuasion, she agrees for the sake of reality.Meanwhile, the real zamindars's son (Seeman) comes to the shooting spot andobjects, the real incident maligning his dad, should not be canned. The master pacifies him saying that it is only an imaginary plot.

But this zamindar's son returns with his bunch of hooligans and creates havoc in the shooting spot. The tonsured heroine is mentallydisturbed and hangs herself, and the shooting comes to a halt. The director disappears, only to return as a naxalite to annihilate the wicked zamindar along with his unshaved revolutionary comrades. But he is encountered by the cops and shot down, and the period was the Emergency.

Manimekhala suddenly wields a camera and becomes a docu film maker and goes to the particular village again. There she meets the real Dalit woman (Manorama) who was tonsuredduring the zamindar's period, and interviews her. And she repeats the dialogues prompted by Manimekhala with a theatrical accent and a huge whitewig. The zamindar's grandson (also played by Seeman) is also interviewed.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winners of national awards do Tamil film industry and Chennai proud"

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