Ayalum Njanum Thammil

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Ayalum Njanum Thammil
AyalumNjanumThammil.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lal Jose
Produced by Prem Prakash
Written by Bobby Sanjay
Starring Prithviraj
Pratap Pothen
Narain
Samvrutha Sunil
Rima Kallingal
Remya Nambeesan Swasika
Music by Ouseppachan
Cinematography Jomon T. John
Edited by Ranjan Abraham
Production
company
Prakash Movie Tone
Distributed by Century Films, GM EVENTS & Tricolor Entertainments
Release dates
  • 19 October 2012 (2012-10-19)
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget 4.5 crore (US$710,000)
Box office 27.5 crore (US$4.4 million)

Ayalum Njanum Thammil (Malayalam: അയാളും ഞാനും തമ്മിൽ, Between him and me) is a 2012 Malayalam drama film directed by Lal Jose, produced by Prem Prakash and distributed by Century Films. The screenplay is written by Prem Prakash's sons Bobby and Sanjay and is inspired from Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard (1965). It stars Prithviraj, Pratap Pothen, Narain, Samvrutha Sunil, Rima Kallingal and Remya Nambeesan in the lead roles.[1][2][3][4]

Ayalum Njanum Thammil is a candid and honest story of a committed senior doctor and an irresponsible junior doctor and, through their relationship, a picture of the medical profession is drawn vividly. The soundtrack and background score are composed by Ouseppachan while Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma pens the lyrics for the songs. The film released on 19 October 2012 to widespread critical acclaim; it went on to be a hit at the box office. It won four Kerala State Film Awards, including the awards for Best Popular Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Prithviraj).

Plot[edit]

Dr. Ravi Tharakan (Prithviraj) is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon working in a private hospital. Ayalum Njanum Thammil begins with a traumatised girl being brought to the hospital. Ravi decides to operate the girl for free, but much against the wish of her father. The girl dies during the surgery. Her father and a few local politicians accuses Dr. Tharakan for the death and protests in the hospital. Ravi is forced to flee through the backdoor, followed by the girl's relatives. He has an accident on the way and goes missing without any traces. The girl's death gains media attention and the police starts a thorough search for Dr. Ravi. The hospital management clears their hand by sacking Dr. Ravi but the chairman's private secretary Diya (Rima Kallingal) expresses dissatisfaction over the hospital's decision and starts a search on her own. She is very much attached to Ravi who had once convinced her the importance of following the ethics in medical profession. She meets Dr. Vivek (Narain) who is a very close friend and a former classmate of Ravi.

At the private medical college where Ravi completed his medical degree, Ravi and Vivek were amongst the worst students. They were irresponsible in their studies as well and were not even able to distinguish between surgical instruments. Ravi had a campus romance, a junior Muslim student named Sainu (Samvrutha). After completing the course, Ravi and Vivek were left with two options: either to pay the college 5 lakh or to do an internship in a village hospital. Vivek opts to pay. Ravi, who is not able to get the cash from his father Thomas Tharakan (Prem Prakash), chooses to work in the Redemption Hospital in Munnar which is run by Dr. Samuel (Prathap Pothen) — an altruistic physician who, by his absolute devotion to his profession, lives a lonely life. On his way to Munnar, Ravi's car crashes with a police vehicle and Ravi is in-turn harassed by S.I. Purushothaman (Kalabhavan Mani). Ravi lodges a complaint and gets the officer suspended.

Ravi initially finds the job at the hospital uninteresting mainly due to the uncompromising Dr. Samuel, who is very strict. He hates the lonely stay in a "jail-like" staff-quarters. The only consolations for Ravi are the letters by Sainu and occasional phone calls to Vivek. Ravi is soon accompanied by Dr. Supriya (Remya Nambeesan), another junior doctor, who helps him to develop an interest in the job. But he still finds it difficult to adjust with Dr. Samuel. Some months later, Dr. Samuel informs Ravi about a phone call he received from Sainu's parents who are planning to marry Sainu to someone else. Samuel was also asked to forbid Ravi from meeting or calling her. Ravi seeks Vivek's help who secretly makes all arrangements for Ravi's and Sainu's marriage in Kochi. But Ravi is stopped by S.I. Purushothaman on his way to Kochi, in the name of a routine check. The officer who was actually waiting to avenge his suspension does not leave Ravi even after hearing about the marriage. Ravi arrives late only to see a house-arrested Sainu who has unwillingly agreed for another marriage.

This incident shakes Ravi completely. His lonely stay in Munnar also haunts him, but he is able to be sincere to his job. One day, a girl is brought to the hospital in a serious condition. Dr. Ravi, the only duty doctor, rushes to her but decides not to attend the case after knowing that she is S.I. Purushothaman's daughter. He rejects the requests of hospital staff and other inmates and not even the tears shed by Purushothaman at his feet was enough to melt his heart. The girl's condition becomes very serious but she is saved by Dr. Samuel who arrives some time later. An angry Dr. Samuel slaps Ravi for his negligence. Insulted, Ravi decides to leave the place immediately but is stopped by Dr. Supriya who supports the action of Dr. Samuel. The next day, Ravi is summoned by a committee for investigation on a complaint filed by S.I. Purushothaman. Ravi is silent throughout the interrogation and the committee decides to suggest the Medical Council to cancel his recognition. However, Dr. Samuel testifies for Ravi stating that Ravi is innocent and, since the girl is saved, there arises no case of medical negligence. This incident and Samuel's testifying turns out to be an eye-opener for Ravi. His attitude to the purpose of life changes completely which he was able to follow throughout his later life. He leaves Redemption Hospital after his internship and leaves for Europe to pursue his higher studies and later works in hospitals and gain a name for being service-minded.

Having known more about Ravi from Vivek and Supriya, Diya comes to the conclusion that Ravi might have gone to meet Dr. Samuel. The police also tracks him at Munnar after tracing his phone calls. In a cemetery, Dr. Ravi is shown talking to Dr. Samuel about the girl's death. But it is later shown that Dr. Samuel is no more and it was the news of Samuel's death that brought Ravi to Munnar. Ravi is arrested by the police and is brought to the court. He is acquitted in the case after the dead girl's mother testify for Dr. Ravi stating that it was upon her behest that Dr. Ravi opted to operate the girl. In the final scene, Dr. Ravi is shown sitting in front of the Redemption Hospital, with a narration from himself playing simultaneously, "This is the place where Dr. Ravi Tharakan was born."

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was produced by Prem Prakash under the banner of Prakash Movie Tone and distributed by Century Films. The costume designer is Sameera Saneesh who worked in films such as Ustad Hotel and Thattathin Marayathu. Audiography was done by M. R. Rajakrishnan. Raghu Ram Varma is the associate director and Gokul Das is the art director.[5] Prithviraj plays the lead role with Narain. Samvritha Sunil plays the lead heroine, while Rima Kallingal and Remya Nambeeshan plays the secondary heroines.[6] Prathap Pothan plays the role of the senior doctor.[7] The cinematography is handled by Jomon T. John after Thattathin Marayathu, who has been emerging cameraman who excelled with his 7D camera. The film started its shoot at 11 July at Shoranur.[8] Its shoot restarted on 3 August 2012 at Munnar.[9] The film pictures parts of Kochi, Thiruvalla, Kottayam, Munnar and Thrissur.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Paresh C. Palicha of Rediff.com gave a positive review of 3/5 stars and said "Ayalum Njanum Thammil is yet another must-watch film from director Lal Jose, and Prithviraj is an added bonus." "Prithviraj has given his career's best performance in Ayalum Njanum Thammil", says Palicha.[11]

A review by The Times of India gave 3.5/5 stars and said "Lal Jose makes Ayalum Njanum Thammil highly lovable with his discreet choice of locale, interiors and an array of characters who make the film endearing... The film radiates a grace that gently switches between the past and the present to reveal the life of Dr Ravi Tharakan (Prithviraj). Ravi Tharakan becomes one of the most brilliant portrayals done by the Prithviraj."[12]

Sibin Sivanandan of theaterbalcony.com says that "Ayalum Njanum Thammil directed by Laljose is a must watch film for a perfect execution of a feel good nostalgic romantic thriller and the character of Ravi Tharakan will haunt as even after the end credits."[13]

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards (2012)
South Indian International Movie Awards (2013)
Filmfare Awards South (2013)[14]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ayalum Njanum Thammil
Soundtrack album by Ouseppachan
Released 7 October 2012 (2012-10-07)
Recorded 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 39:34
Language Malayalam
Label Eastcoast Audios
Producer Ouseppachan
Ouseppachan chronology
Kalikalam
(2012)
Ayalum Njanum Thammil
(2012)
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal
(2012)

The soundtrack for the film was composed by Ouseppachan, while lyrics are penned by Sarath Vayalar.

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Azhalinte Azhangalil"   Sarath Vayalar Nikhil Mathew 5:39
2. "Januvariyil"   Sarath Vayalar Vijay Yesudas, Franco, Cicily 4:54
3. "Thulli Manjinullil"   Sarath Vayalar Gayathri 5:00
4. "Thulli Manjinullil M"   Sarath Vayalar Najim Arshad 4:55
5. "Azhalinte Azhangalil F"   Sarath Vayalar Abhirami Ajai 5:38
6. "Thulli Manjinullil Karoake"     Instrumental 5:00
7. "Januvariyil Karoake"     Instrumental 4:54
8. "Azhalinte Azhangalil Karoake"     Instrumental 5:39
Total length:
39:34

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prithvi-Lal Jose team up in 'Ayalum Njanum Thammil'". sify.com. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lal Jose Film Ayalum Njanum Thammil Kicked Off in Shornur". filmiparadise.com. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012)(Malayalam)". nowrunning.com. 
  4. ^ "Ayalum Njanum Thammil Release on October 19". Kerala Films. 
  5. ^ cj (17 July 2012). "City Journal » ‘Ayalum njanum thammil’ at Thrissur". Cityjournal.in. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  6. ^ 9 July 2012 By Priya Sreekumar DC Kochi (9 July 2012). "Prithvi’s Ayalum, Njaanum Thammil". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Prithviraj in Ayalum Njanum Thammil | Kerals Cafe". Keralscafe.blogspot.ca. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ "Lal Jose's next: "Ayalum Njanum Thammil": News – Movie News, Film News, Cinema News – Malayalam Movie News". Metromatinee.com. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  9. ^ "First Look: Director Lal Jose's Ayalum Njanum Thammil". Rediff.com. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  10. ^ "Ayalum Njanum Thammil". Flixmirror. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Prithviraj is superb in Ayalum Njanum Thammil". Rediff.com. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  12. ^ "Ayalum Njanum Thammil movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Ayalum Njanum Thammil Malayalam Movie Review". Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  14. ^ "60th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 (South) Malayalam Nominations". Filmfare. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 

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