Azhagi (2002 film)
|Directed by||Thangar Bachchan|
|Produced by||Udhaya Geetha|
|Written by||Thangar Bachchan|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
Uthaya Geetha Productions
|Distributed by||Uthaya Geetha Productions|
|14 January 2002|
Azhagi (pronunciation (help·info)) (English: Beautiful lady) is a 2002 Tamil romantic drama film directed by Thangar Bachchan. The film is critically acclaimed and stars Parthiban, Nandita Das and Devayani. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was remade in Telugu as Letha Manasulu (2004).
Shanmugam (Parthiban), a veterinary doctor, lives in the city with his wife Valarmati (Devayani) and their two children. In school, Shanmugam was in love with his classmate Dhanalakshmi (Nandita Das), but fate had forced them to go their separate ways, with Dhanam being forced to wed her brother-in-law (Sayaji Shinde). One day, Shanmugam spots Dhanam, who, having lost her husband, now lives a life of poverty on the platforms with her son Balu. After an unsuccessful attempt to find her a job in a friend's house, he hires her as their servant-maid. However, memories of the past start to create a tension between Shanmugam and Dhanam, despite their attempts to maintain a distance.
One day, Valarmati finds out from Shanmugam's old classmates how they both were in love when they were young, and she starts fearing that Shanmugam will leave her and her children for Dhanam. Valarmati becomes so distraught that she even humiliates Dhanam at a party organized by one of their friends. When they return home, Valarmati confronts Shanmugam, and an argument ensues. Dhanam overhears their argument and silently goes to bed. The next morning, Dhanam and Balu are nowhere to be found. When Shanmugam searches the house, he finds a letter written by Dhanam saying that she wants Valarmati and Shanmugam to be happy and that she doesn't want to come between them. Soon, Valarmati realizes the truth and wants to bring Dhanam back home and ask her for her forgiveness.
Shanmugam searches high and low for them and at last finds Balu in an orphanage. The matron informs them that his mother had left instructions that her son should remain at the orphanage till her return. However, when the matron questions Balu, he replies that he wants to go with Shanmugam and stay in their house and to tell his mother that he is there when she returns. The matron agrees and lets him go. At the beginning of the movie, it is mentioned that Balu has been adopted by Shanmugam but still continues to call him "Sir" and never "Father or "Dad". As Shanmugam leaves for home from the orphanage, he mentions that he is still searching for Dhanam's whereabouts to that day.
- Parthiban as Shanmugam (Veterinary Doctor)
- Devayani as Valarmati
- Nandita Das as Dhanalakshmi aka Dhanam
- Monica as Young Dhanalakshmi aka Dhanam
- Vivek as Veterinary Doctor Desigan
- Pandu as Shanmugam's assistant, Minister
- Loose Mohan as Pandu's father-in-law
- Sayaji Shinde as Dhanalakshmi's husband
- Pyramid Natarajan
- Periyar Dasan
- Elango Kumaravel
- Ram Saravana as Shanmugam (Child artist)
|"Paattu Solli Paada Solli"||Sadhana Sargam|
|"Damakku Damakku Dum"||Bhavatharani, Chorus|
|"Un Kuthama En Kuthama"||Ilaiyaraaja|
|"Oru Sundari Vandhalam"||P. Unni Krishnan, Sadhana Sargam, Malgudi Subha|
|"Oliyile Therivadhu Devadhaya"||Karthik, Bhavatharini|
|"Kuruvi Kodanja"||Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Swarnalatha|
Sadhana Sargam was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2002 for the song "Pattu Solli"
- Azhagi, IMDb, retrieved 18 November 2008
- Mohan Rao Ogirala (21 July 2004). "And quiet flows the don's sidekick…". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
- Azhagi Soundtrack at Raaga Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- BBC Asian Network – Weekend Gujarati, National Award-winning Indian playback singer Sadhana Sargam. Bbc.co.uk (9 January 2011).