Angadi Theru

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Angaadi Theru
Directed by Vasanthabalan
Produced by K. Karunamoorthy
C. Arunpandian
Written by Vasanthabalan
Starring Mahesh
A. Venkatesh
Music by Vijay Antony
G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography Richard M. Nathan
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Ayngaran International
Release dates
  • 26 March 2010 (2010-03-26)
Running time
157 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 18 crore

Angaadi Theru (English: Market Street) is a 2010 Indian Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Vasanthabalan, starring debutant Mahesh and Anjali in the lead roles. The title refers to the Ranganathan Street in Chennai where the story plays. The film features music jointly composed by Vijay Antony and G. V. Prakash Kumar. An Ayngaran International production, the film was launched on 11 February 2008 and released on 26 March 2010 to critical acclaim. The film was shortlisted for the Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but lost to Peepli Live. It released in Telugu as Shopping Mall.


Jyothi Lingam (Mahesh) is a bright student and son of a mason who leads a happy life in his village near Tirunelveli. One day tragedy strikes as his father the only earning member dies in an accident while crossing an unmanned railway gate, and young boy now has to look after his mother and two sisters.

Due to circumstances, he is forced to abandon his studies, though he comes first in his school in the board exam. Through a canvassing agent, he and his friend Marimuthu, get jobs as sales boys in a textile showroom in Ranganathan Street in Chennai.

Jyothi, along with hundreds of others, are employed at the Senthil Murugan Stores run by the big businessman. In each floor at the textile showroom, there are around 50 to 60 sales boys and girls who work in pitiable conditions from early in the morning to late night, without any rest.

He meets Kani (Anjali), a fiery independent girl. The difficult and harrowing times in the store bring them together as they face up to a cruel and lewd store supervisor Karungali (director A Venkatesh), who beats up the boys and molests the girls when they play around during duty hours. As Jyothi says there is no escape from the “Jail like” atmosphere in the shop where employees are treated more like slave labour in a concentration camp than without any human dignity. Angadi Theru is about how these two survive in a concentration camp like condition and what happens when fate perpetually smiles very cruelly at them.

Sneha lights up the happenings in a small cameo as herself by doing a commercial advertisement for that Stores. This film is considered to be a milestone in Tamil cinema due its raw content. This movie is ironic to the real happenings at the two Popular Stores in Ranganathan Street in Chennai.



The film met with widespread critical acclaim. Behindwoods mentioned, "Angadi Theru is an eye opener to all those who are on the rosier side of life,it’s an overdose of emotions, but you don’t mind it: simply because the characters have handled the scenes so skilfully". Parvathi Srinivasan from Rediff described the film as a, "kind of cinema you keep hoping for and only rarely get," labeling it, "A must watch."[1] Many reviewers appreciated Anjali's performance with Behindwoods commenting that, "The girl looks every bit her role with an impressive gamut of emotions running through her face."[2] gave credit to the theme of the film by stating that, "Vasanthabalan must be applauded for courageously presenting us a film that looks into the darker side of the glittery world of massive show rooms.[3]


Angaadi Theru won the 2010 Best Film Award at the Chennai International Film Festival on 24 December 2010.[4] It also won accolades in the following award ceremonies.

2010 Vikatan Awards
Norway Tamil Film Festival
Vijay Awards
Filmfare Awards South


Angaadi Theru
Soundtrack album to Angaadi Theru by G. V. Prakash Kumar, Vijay Antony
Genre Film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Ayngaran Music
An Ak Audio
Producer G. V. Prakash Kumar
Vijay Antony

The soundtrack album was composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, while Vijay Antony composed two songs and also scored the background music . Lyrics were penned by Na. Muthukumar. Shreya Ghoshal won Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil for the song 'Un Perai Sollum Podhe'.[5]


All lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Aval Appadi Onrum"   Vijay Antony Vineeth Sreenivasan, Ranjith  
2. "Kannil Theriyum"   G.V. Prakash Kumar G. V. Prakash Kumar  
3. "Karungali Naayae"   G.V. Prakash Kumar Karthik, Mahesh, Pandi  
4. "Kathaigalai Pesum"   G.V. Prakash Kumar Benny Dayal, Hamsika  
5. "Unn Perai Sollum"   G.V. Prakash Kumar Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghoshal, Haricharan  
6. "Yenge Poveno Enn"   Vijay Antony Benny Dayal, MK Balaji, Janaki Iyer  


  1. ^ "Review: Angadi Theru is a must-watch! - Movies". 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Angadi Theru - Tamil Movie Reviews - Angadi Theru | Magesh | Anjali | Vasantha Balan | Vijay Antony". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Movie review: Angadi Theru | Movie Review - Movies". ChennaiOnline. 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Angadi Theru awarded the best film CIFF (the Chennai International Film Festival)". 25 December 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Angadi Theru - Double delight Indiaglitz Retrieved on 2 December 2009

Further reading[edit]

  • Christopher, Michael & Helen Staufer (2011). “Urban. Village. Urban-Village. Angaditheru and its mofussil department store society in Chennai”, in: manycinemas 1, 24-37

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