Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy

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Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy
Directed byThangar Bachan
Story bySreenivasan
StarringThangar Bachan
Navya Nair
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
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  • 24 August 2005 (2005-08-24)

Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy (English: Appasamy from Chidambaram) is a South Indian Tamil film released in 2005. The film was directed by Thangar Bachan, and he also starred in the movie with Navya Nair.[1] The film was a remake of Malayalam film Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala.


Elangovan (Thangar Bachan) is a school teacher in Chidambaram who is a jack of all trades but master of none. He spends time with friends boozing, gambling, and trying out new businesses that always fail. His wife is Thenmozhi (Navya Nair), and they have two daughters. Elangovan's father (Pyramid Natarajan) and father-in-law (R. Sundarrajan) try to make him responsible towards his family, but he refuses to take up anything serious in life. On everyone's advice, Elangovan goes to Sabarimala after taking Vrath but returns to continue as Sanyasi without being the least bothered about his duties towards his family. Fearing his wife and relatives, he decides to join a mutt, but there also he is unable to sustain. In the meantime, Thenmozhi works hard to educate her children. She is mentally prepared to live without her husband when he returns and pleads with her as usual. This time, she is not willing to pardon him and ignores him. What happens then forms the climax and message of the film.


Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics, most of the critics appreciated Navya Nair's performance. Sify wrote: "The goodness of COA lies in the simple story, an outstanding performance by Navya Nair and soulful music of Ilaiyaraaja. The film with its cute message seeped in real life situations will keep you engrossed".[2] Indiaglitz wrote:"On the whole Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy is a movie for women folk with a strong message".[3] Behindwoods wrote: "Altogether, the movie is made to target the minds of women without much of commercialism".[4] Balaji of Thiraipadam wrote: "Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy is loud, drawn-out, irritating and eventually pointless".[5]


The film soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The lyrics for the songs were written by Vaali, Gangai Amaran, Muthulingam, Mu. Metha and Palanibharathi.[6] Indiaglitz praised the songs saying that "Ilaiyaraaja did a splendid work [..] Maestro has not lost his touch."[7]

The audio launch of Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy was held in Chennai on 12 August 2005. The audio was released by director Bharathiraja and was received by Balu Mahendra.[8] during the audio launch, Thangar lashed against actors for not accepting the lead role in the film.[9]

  • "Nalla Vaazhvu" — Karthik, Manjari
  • "Ayya Enna" — Tippu, Manjari
  • "Pudhusa Nenachikittu" — Tippu, Ranjith
  • "Ponna Porandha" — Manjari
  • "Anaithu Vidungal" — Febi Mani, Ranjith

Box office[edit]

  • The film grossed $1 million at the box office.
  • The film's satellite television rights were sold to Jaya TV and was telecast by the 7th week while the film was still playing in screens.[10]


  1. ^ "Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
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