Angadi Theru

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Angaadi Theru
Directed byVasanthabalan
Produced byK. Karunamoorthy
C. Arunpandian
Written byVasanthabalan
A. Venkatesh
Music byOriginal Songs:
Vijay Antony
G. V. Prakash Kumar
Background Score:
Vijay Antony
CinematographyRichard M. Nathan
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed byAyngaran International
Release date
  • 26 March 2010 (2010-03-26)
Running time
157 minutes
Budget100 million (equivalent to 170 million or US$2.4 million in 2018)
Box office180 million (equivalent to 300 million or US$4.2 million in 2018)

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.


The film starts with Jyothi Lingam (Mahesh) and Kani (Anjali) playing and making fun of each other. They find a place to sleep in the street. While they are dreaming, a fire engine completely loses its control and hits the people sleeping in the street. The next scene shows Jothi on a stretcher in a hospital. The flashback now starts and the scene takes us to a village in Tirunelveli.

Jyothi is a bright student and son of a mason who leads a happy life in his village. One day tragedy strikes as his father dies in an accident. Jyoti is forced to abandon his studies. Through a canvassing agent, he and his friend Marimuthu (Pandi) get jobs as salespeople in a textile showroom in Ranganathan Street in Chennai. On each floor at the textile showroom, there are salesboys and salesgirls who work in pitiable conditions from early morning to late night without any rest.

Jyothi meets Kani, 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 (A. Venkatesh), who beats up boys and molests girls if they are caught playing around during duty hours. Jyothi and Kani slowly fall in love with each other.

In the meantime, actress Sneha visits the showroom for the shooting of an advertisement. Jyothi and Kani sneak out of the crowd to go somewhere private. Karungali unexpectedly arrives. On seeing this, they quickly find places to hide between the counters. Unfortunately, a security guard then locks them in the showroom without knowing. Though originally worried, they start trying out clothes and have fun.

Their dance was recorded in the CCTV of the store. Karungali catches both Jyothi and Kani and beats them up. He also lodges a police report about Jyothi stealing a costly sari from the shop. At police station, inspector beats Jyothi up to make him admit to the made-up crime. Jyothi refuses to do so but tells the inspector that he knows all the fraud activities done by Annachi. The next morning, Jyothi is released from custody.

Jyothi goes back to the showroom and threatens Karungali that if they do not release Kani, he will tell the ugly truth about the store to everyone. On hearing this, Annachi orders Karungali to send Kani with Jyothi. They both leave the place and search for jobs in every shop on that street. Finally, a blind old man who is selling clothes on the platform tells Jyothi that he will give commission to them if they help him sell clothes. The old man tells them a place where they can safely sleep. They go to the place to sleep and the flashback ends. At the hospital, Jyoti sees Kani and is shocked to see both her legs amputated.

Jyothi finally decides to marry Kani. Kani, who has just woken up, cries hysterically as she has lost her legs. So when Jyothi asks to marry her, she cries happily and agrees. The film ends with the scene showing Kani sitting on the platform selling things and Jyothi selling things by walking in the street



Angaadi Theru
Soundtrack album by
Released18 January 2010
LabelAyngaran Music
An Ak Audio
ProducerG. V. Prakash Kumar
Vijay Antony
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Angaadi Theru
Aayirathil Oruvan
Vijay Antony chronology
Aval Peyar Thamizharasi
Angaadi Theru
Kanagavel Kaaka

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'.[1]

All lyrics are written by Na. Muthukumar.

1."Aval Appadi Onrum"Vijay AntonyVineeth Sreenivasan, Ranjith, Janaki Iyer 
2."Kannil Theriyum"G.V. Prakash KumarG. V. Prakash Kumar 
3."Karungali Naayae"G.V. Prakash KumarKarthik, Mahesh, Pandi 
4."Kathaigalai Pesum"G.V. Prakash KumarBenny Dayal, Hamsika 
5."Unn Perai Sollum"G.V. Prakash KumarNaresh Iyer, Shreya Ghoshal, Haricharan 
6."Yenge Poveno Enn"Vijay AntonyBenny Dayal, MK Balaji, Janaki Iyer 


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."[2]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."[3] 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."[4] 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.[5]


Angaadi Theru won the 2010 Best Film Award at the Chennai International Film Festival on 24 December 2010.[6] It also won accolades in the following award ceremonies.

2010 Vikatan Awards[edit]

Norway Tamil Film Festival[edit]

  • Best Film – K. Karunamoorthy, C. Arunpandian
  • Best Actress – Anjali

Vijay Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]


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

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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