Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy

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Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy
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DVD cover
Directed byThangar Bachan
Screenplay byThangar Bachan
Story bySreenivasan
Produced byThangar Bachan
StarringThangar Bachan
Navya Nair
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byS. Sathish
J. N. Harsha
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Thangar Thiraikalam
Release date
  • 24 August 2005 (2005-08-24)

Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy (transl. An Appasamy from Chidambaram) is a 2005 Indian Tamil-language satirical film directed by Thangar Bachan, who also stars with Navya Nair. It is a remake of the Malayalam film Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998).


Elangovan 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, and they have two daughters. Elangovan's father and father-in-law 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.



Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy is a remake of the Malayalam film Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998).[1] Director Thangar Bachan made his acting debut as lead actor with this film. He stated he had to do the role as no actor was willing to portray the father of two children.[2][3]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4] The audio launch was held in Chennai on 12 August 2005. The audio was released by director Bharathiraja and was received by Balu Mahendra.[5] Indiaglitz praised the songs saying that "Ilaiyaraaja did a splendid work [..] Maestro has not lost his touch".[6]

Song Singers Lyrics
"Nalla Vaazhvu" Manjari, Karthik, Chorus Vaali
"Ayya Enna" Manjari, Tippu Gangai Amaran
"Pudhusa Nenachikittu" Tippu, Ranjith Muthulingam
"Ponna Porandha" Manjari Mu. Metha
"Anaithu Vidungal" Febi Mani, Ranjith, Naveen Palani Bharathi

Release and reception[edit]

The film's television rights were sold to Jaya TV, and it premiered there on Diwali while still playing in theatres.[7] S. R. Ashok Kumar of The Hindu wrote, "Thankar Bachan passes muster in the lead role. But it is Navya Nair as the beleaguered wife who steals the show".[8] 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".[9] IndiaGlitz wrote, "On the whole Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy is a movie for women folk with a strong message".[10] Behindwoods wrote, "Altogether, the movie is made to target the minds of women without much of commercialism".[11]


  1. ^ Warrier, Shobha (12 July 2005). "Remaking Srinivasan's Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala". Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  2. ^ "நடிகர்கள் கோழைகள்!". Kalki (in Tamil). 19 June 2005. pp. 4–7. Archived from the original on 31 January 2023. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Thangar's hard talk continues". IndiaGlitz. 13 August 2005. Archived from the original on 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy (2005)". Archived from the original on 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Audio release of Appasamy". Behindwoods. 10 August 2005. Archived from the original on 10 January 2023. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy – Maestro's touch intact". IndiaGlitz. 22 August 2005. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Starry Diwali ahead on Tamil entertainment channels". Exchange4Media. 26 October 2005. Archived from the original on 17 January 2023. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  8. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (30 September 2005). "Treatment simply not taut". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2023.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy". Sify. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy Review". IndiaGlitz. 24 September 2005. Archived from the original on 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Movie Review : Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 10 December 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2021.

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