Ananda Thandavam (film)

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Anandha Thandavam
Ananda Thandavam.jpg
Directed by A.R.Gandhi Krishna
Produced by Viswanathan Ravichandran
Written by A.R.Gandhi Krishna
Sujatha Rangarajan
Starring Tamannaah
Siddharth Venugopal
Rukmini Vijayakumar
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography Jeeva Shankar
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd
Release date
  • 10 April 2009 (2009-04-10)
Country India
Language Tamil

Ananda Thandavam (English: Happy Dance) is a 2009 Tamil-language film adaptation of the Sujatha Rangarajan serialized novel Pirivom Santhippom, directed by A.R. Gandhi Krishna and produced by Oscar V. Ravichandran of Aascar Films.[1][2] This is one of the love stories by the late author Sujatha.The characters Raghu (Siddharth Venugopal) & Madhumitha (Tamanna Bhatia): their love story captured so many hearts that writer Sujatha, who had initially finished the first novel, started the second part due to high demand from readers. The film was released on 10 April 2009.The film was failed at the box office collection.[3]


The film deals with the life of Raghu (Siddharth Venugopal), whose mother died in childbirth. He grows up with plenty of affection from his father (Kitty) and grows into a quiet, sensible and a bit of a serious person. He is frustrated because he is unemployed, when he meets Madhumitha (Tamannaah); a native character, she plays childish pranks and brings energy into his life.

Her parents also bring joy in Raghu's life as they accept who Raghu is, and eventually, Raghu finds employment. Everything seems to go well when trouble comes in the form of Radha Krishnan (Rishi). He is a spoilt NRI boy, and worst of all, Madhu, being immature herself, agrees with her parents opinion and marries Radha. They both leave for the US, while Raghu, heartbroken, attempts to commit suicide. He escapes it narrowly and with further encouragement from his father and friends, leaves for US to study.

He meets Ratna (Rukmini Vijayakumar), and love slowly begins to blossom between them. One time, Raghu faces his ex-lover Madhu, in which they rekindled their friendship.He discovers that her husband is a traitor to her, and that she is unaware of it. He resolves to tell her the truth, but Madhu is blinded against Radha's faults because of respect for him. She accuses him of still having feelings for her, insulting him, causing another argument between them. As time progresses, Madhu discovers that her husband has been cheating on her, which had let her to be on constantabuse by him, leading her to live life with misery.

One day, she escapes from Radha and goes to meet Raghu. Unfortunately for her, Raghu gets engaged to Ratna the very same day, and unable to bear any more sadness, ends up cutting her veins and begging Raghu to take her back. Ratna intervenes and Madhu asks for Raghu, Ratna is disgusted and complains to her family. They come and take Raghu away, leaving Madhu devastated, drunk, and bleeding through her veins. Madhu then kills herself through careless driving.

At the airport, everyone is gathered, and Madhu's parents are collecting the coffin with Madhu's body. Radha tries to lie to Madhu's parents that he was perfect to her in every way and cannot understand why this happened. In the meantime, Raghu arrives, who had also come to see Madhu's body, gets enraged and charges at him with a revolver, but finds out that it is locked. He is later soothed by Ratna.


Production notes[edit]

AR Gandhi Krishna, former assistant to Shankar in Sivaji made his directorial debut with the film Chellamae.[1] Sujatha Rangarajan wrote the dialogue for the screenplay before his death.[2] Filming began on location in Ooty, then moved to Tenkasi, Kuttralam, Ambasamudram, Papanasam and Multimedia University Cyberjaya.[2] G V Prakash scored the music for the movie while award-winning lyricist Vairamuthu penned the lyrics.[2] Vairamuthu said one of his best recent works was the song he wrote for this film.[4] Vairamuthu said, "On reading the lines, Gandhi Krishna was floored totally and was in fail of words".[4] Ananda Thandavam was produced by Aascar Films'Suresh Shanmugam. Shankar, who worked as associate to the late cinematographer Jeeva, was "cranking the camera".[4]


The songs were composed by G. V. Prakash.[5]

Ananda Thandavam
Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Released 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Ananda Thandavam (film)
Naan Aval Adhu
(2008)Naan Aval Adhu2008
Song title Singers
"Poovinai" Srinivas, Shreya Ghoshal
"Pattu Poochi" Naresh Iyer, Harmony
"Kallil Aadum" Benny Dayal, Shweta Mohan
"Kana Kaangiren" Nithyashree, Shubha Mudgal, Vinita
"Megam Pola" Shankar Mahadevan
"Ananda Thandavam theme" G.V. Prakash, Naresh Iyer

Critical reception[edit] says that the actor "can do little to save the film".[6] felt that Siddharth's performance was one of the weaker aspects of the film noting "though he does his best when he's romancing his beloved, and there are sparks during emotional scenes, he seems to miss his cue a few times, making you wonder if someone with acting chops might not have done a better job."[7]


  1. ^ a b, 9 October 2007, "AR Gandhi Krishna's 'Ananda Tandavam'"
  2. ^ a b c d Kumar, S.R. Ashok, Sujatha’s novel on the big screen , The Hindu, 10 May 2008, retrieved=6 August 2008
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  4. ^ a b c, 12 January 2008, "Ananda Thandavam Praised by Vairamuthu"
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  6. ^ "Movie Review:Ananda Thandavam". Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Anandha Thandavam not as good as the novel - Movies". 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 

External links[edit]

  • Prasad Kovilkar, [1]
  • S.R. Ashok Kumar,, 10 May 2008, "Sujatha’s novel on the big screen"