|Produced by||S. N. Ezilan
|Music by||Sundar C Babu|
|Edited by||M. Kasi Viswanathan|
|Distributed by||Aascar Ravichandran|
|Box office||8 crores|
Chithiram Pesuthadi (English: The Picture Speaks, Dear) is a 2006 Indian Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Mysskin. The film stars Narain and Bhavana, both making their debuts in Tamil cinema. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Sundar C Babu. Produced by Dreambridge Productions on a budget of 1.25 crores, the film faced publicity issues but later aascar took the film and re released it and was a massive hit of that year. The film was re-released four weeks later, after noted film producer Aascar Ravichandran acquired the film's rights and promoted it heavily, emerging very successful eventually and becoming a sleeper hit of the year. The film was later remade to Telugu as Raju Bhai and in Kannada as Kichha Huchha. Bhavana's performance as Charu received critical acclaim and earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil.
Thiru (Narain) works as a henchman with Annachi (Dandapandi). Annachi adores him and sees in him his own bravery and extraordinary fighting abilities.
One day, Thiru stumbles upon Charu (Bhavana), a local NGO, who fights injustice. A quarrel ensues between them. They soon realize that it was a meeting of heart and soon start to admire each other. Charu works towards transforming Thiru from an emotionless henchman to a lovable, kind-hearted guy. As a result, he and some of his gang members abandon their incorrigible life of gun culture and take up sales at the roadside hoping to lead a socially respectable life.
Charu sees a changed personality in Thiru and decides to marry him, with the consent of her father. But her hopes shatters after seeing Thiru clumped away in a police van from a brothel. She gives up her plans to become Thiru's life partner. Notwithstanding the failure, Charu's father commits suicide. Charu blames Thiru for ruining her life and for her father's death. Thiru goes back to Annachi. Charu decided to wed her own relative. Meanwhile, Annachi's son falls in love with Charu and wants to marry her. Annachi deputes Thiru to bring Charu.
Thiru devices his own plans in an attempt to thwart Annachi's nefarious plans and save Charu. How Thiru saves Charu from Annachi and ultimately re-unite with her forms the remaining part of the story.
Mysskin expressed in a book release function that he himself got to realize that this movie is an accidental inspiration of Beauty and the Beast (1991 film) while the shooting was progressing. He questioned the critics why they failed to criticize about this accidental inspiration whereas they criticized Nandalala, his other movie to be a copy of Kikujiro. He expressed this irrelevant to the book release function. However, he is a very good director.
- Narain as Thiru
- Bhavana as Charu
- Kadhal Dhandapani as Annachi
- Mahadevan[disambiguation needed]
- Vasantha Narayan
- Gana Ulaganathan
- Malavika in a special appearance
The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Sundar C Babu, who made his debut in film scoring through this film. The album features 12 tracks overall, including four instrumental tracks. The lyrics were penned by Kabilan and director Mysskin himself, while Gana Ulaganathan had written and sung the song "Vazha Meenu", which is considered as having contributed immensely to the film's success.
|1.||"Idam Porul Parthu"||Kabilan Vairamuthu||Karthik, Sujatha Mohan||4:24|
|3.||"Pattam Poochi"||Kabilan Vairamuthu||Timmy, Ranjith||4:39|
|6.||"Idhu Enna Pudhu Kanavo (F)"||Mysskin||Manju Haridas||1:49|
|8.||"Voice Of Heart Theme"||—||Instrumental|
|9.||"Vazha Meenu"||Gana Ulaganathan||Gana Ulaganathan||4:44|
|10.||"Life is Beautiful Theme "||—||Instrumental||1:10|
|11.||"Idhu Enna Pudhu Kanavo (M)"||Mysskin||Vijay Gopal||1:51|
The film was released by Dreambride Productions on 10 February 2006 and initially failed to attract audience due to a low-profile release, lacking publicity, becoming removed from almost all theatres within two weeks after its release. Aascar Ravichandran who watched the film at a theatre in Chennai, clinched a deal with the producing studio and purchased the film outright for 1.75 crores. He began promoting the heavily, particularly on the basis of the song "Vazha Meenukkum" from the film's soundtrack, spending 1 crores on publicity and marketing, and re-released it with his large network another two weeks later, helping the film to get wide publicity. The film eventually went on to collect 8 crores and became declared a financial success.
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