Thanthonni poster featuring Prithviraj
|Directed by||George Varghese|
|Produced by||Shahul Hameed Marikar|
|Written by||T A Shahid|
|Music by||Thej Mervin|
|Editing by||Bijith Bala|
|Distributed by||Marikar Films|
Thanthonni (Malayalam: താന്തോന്നി) is a 2010 Malayalam-language film released on March 19, 2010. The film was directed by George Varghese, a former assistant to Joshy. Thanthonni stars Prithviraj and Sheela in the lead roles.
Kochukunju (Prithviraj) is the spoiled son of the well known Vadakkan Veettil family in Kannur. He is the son of Kathreena (Ambika), who believes that his formal father David (Saikumar) has died (his life was actually spared by the killer sent out by her brothers to kill him). Captain Raju and Vijayaraghavan play the major old-age characters. In the film, Vijayaraghavan plays a double role as Kochousepp, the ancestor of the family, and one of his three sons. The female lead role is played by Sheela Kowl. Suraj Venjarammood plays Achu, Kochukunju's friend. Kochukunju is hated by everyone in his family, because they want to divide the Vadakkan Veetil property and engage in some business and he is a barrier for them.
As the film proceeds, it is revealed that Kochukunju knows the whereabouts of his dad, and also of "Neelan", the killer who spared his dad. He promises him to return home one day.
All of his cousins hate him, except the one who comes to know about his honesty. The brother engages in a brawl in a hotel killing the other person. He realises that it is Kochukunju's hotel and he is not what he seems to be. He is about to take the blame for his brother the way he did in childhood, but is stopped by his friend the Manager (Sudheesh), who takes the blame instead. He fights for him in the court. His brother comes back home and confesses to his mother that he is not what he seems to be, and the tears she has shed for many years have not gone to waste as he turns out to be good. He also confesses to the theft he did years back.
His mother and uncle(Vijayraghavan) trick him into going to a rehabilitation centre, where he makes the owner and doctor himself drink. He says he doesn't need rehabilitation and will stop if his mother tells him so.
In the jail, the Manager is beaten up by three rogues, and is in hospital. He stops Kochukunju from retaliating.
Helen, his fiancee and cousin, comes to know of his truth and urges him to tell all, where the flashback of the three rogues is revealed. Bhai is a do-gooder for the people of Dubai, while his three sons are the rogues who do all kinds of wrong business. Kochukunju once saves him in an accident, and becomes his right hand. Bhai trusts him more than his sons, and he puts all his wealth in his name, helped by his lawyer. The sons kill the father and put the blame on Kochukunju, who is spared after proving his innocence. The sons get arrested and are in jail for some illegal business. Kochukunju is waiting for the day they come out and he can hand them their property. But they come out and kill the lawyer, and both Nandu and Kochukunju decide to kill them. He kills all three of them and returns to Kerala.
His brothers try to kill him by sending out a rogue, who is defeated, and the truth is brought out. They did it for property. He tells them to take whatever they want, and that he does not need a penny, except for his mother and Helen.
The day arrives when the property is divided, and a stranger buys their whole property in place of the money. The person is a benaami and the real owner is a big person, who then comes out, i.e., David and his wife are shocked. He introduces himself, and everyone is shocked. He tells them he did not come for their money or wealth, although the only one with the right to it is his son Kochukunju. He reveals that it is Kochukunju who is the real owner who bought all the property and is not the loser that they think he is. He had acted in front of them for this long, but is a big businessman.
He also says that Kathreena's brothers sent out a man to kill him. She and her brothers ask for forgiveness.
He comes to their room where his photo is displayed with a lit candle. Kochukunju is happy as his father is back now and, with his mother's permission, blows out the candle. His mother gives him a light slap for hiding the truth for so long and the family--Kochukunju, his parents and Helen--is united.
|Jagathy Sreekumar||Dr.Thomas Vaidyan|
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Now Running gave it a rating of 2 out of 5.
The film was released on March 19, 2010.