Chinna Thambi

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Chinna Thambi
Chinna Thambi.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byP. Vasu
Written byP. Vasu
Produced byBalu
StarringPrabhu
Khushbu
CinematographyRavinder
Edited byP. Mohanraj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Malar Combines
Release date
  • 12 April 1991 (1991-04-12)
Running time
138 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Chinna Thambi (transl. Little Brother) is a 1991 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by P. Vasu. The film stars Prabhu as the titular character, an uneducated village simpleton and Khushbu as Nandini, a home-schooled wealthy girl. Manorama, Radha Ravi, Uday Prakash, Rajeshkumar, and Goundamani play supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and the film released on 12 April 1991.[1]

The film was remade in Kannada as Ramachaari (1991), Telugu as Chanti (1992) and Hindi as Anari (1993). The film was one of Prabhu's biggest blockbusters and completed a 356-day run in 9 screens and 100-day run in 47 screens.

Plot[edit]

The movie starts with the birth of a baby girl, Nandini, in a rich family. Her three elder brothers throw a feast in honour of her. The young son of the local singer (who had died) is brought in to sing for the event. The three brothers raise Nandini like their own child as their parents had died. At the age of five, an astrologer predicts that Nandini will bring much happiness to the family, but she will marry a person of her choice and not of her brothers' choosing. This angers the brothers, and to prevent this from happening, they raise Nandhini within the confines of the house. She is homeschooled, and when she does go out, all the men are warned to hide from Nandini and that seeing her will be met with dire consequences.

Nandini soon reaches puberty. The few males allowed around her are the service staff and her bodyguards. Meanwhile, the boy who sang, Chinna Thambi, grows up to be a naïve and gullible simpleton with a heart of gold. He is raised by his widowed mother Kannamma. He does not go to school and spends his time singing and entertaining the people of the village.

One day the bodyguards get into a fight with Chinna Thambi, who defeats them. Impressed with Chinna Thambi's naivete and fighting skills, the brothers hire Chinna Thambi to be Nandini's bodyguard and butler. Nandini meanwhile starts to resent her lack of freedom. She coerces Chinna Thambi to show her the village without her brothers' knowledge. Chinna Thambi complies with her wishes and shows her the village, which results in Nandini falling ill. Chinna Thambi is blamed for Nandini getting sick and is beaten up by the brothers. Nandini, who has just started to like Chinna Thambi, feels guilty for being the reason for him getting thrashed. She shares her medicine with Chinna Thambi, who inadvertently equates Nandini to his mother, as being the few people who truly care for him. This incident brings them closer together emotionally.

One day, a factory worker is punished for leering at Nandini. He plots to kill her at the inauguration of the new factory owned by her brothers. Chinna Thambi overhears the plot, and in a desperate attempt to save Nandini, lunges at her and inadvertently feels her up in public. Nandini does not mind and defends Chinna Thambi by arguing that he would not do something like that in public without good reason. But her brothers are enraged and beat Chinna Thambi to the point that they almost kill him. Nandini stops them and gives him a chance to explain. When Chinna Thambi explains the situation, they hang their heads in shame. Chinna Thambi quits his job on the spot, despite Nandini's silent apology. That night, Nandini decides to meet Chinna Thambi and apologise and perhaps convince him to come back to the job. Chinna Thambi refuses to come back as he does not want to put up with the violent nature of her brothers. She thinks if Chinna Thambi marries her, they will not be able to manhandle Chinna Thambi. She convinces Chinna Thambi to tie a mangalsutra around her neck, which will protect him from her brothers. Chinna Thambi, without realising the sanctity of the act, does as told and does not realise that he is now married to her.

Chinna Thambi comes back to work and is given a higher level of respect by the brothers for saving Nandini's life. Nandini too starts emulating her sisters-in-law in taking care of her husband. This makes Chinna Thambi nervous, but he still remains clueless. Her change in behaviour is noticed by her sisters-in-law, who urge the brothers to get Nandini married off before she brings shame to the family. Nandini, realising that they are trying to get her married off, tries to make Chinna Thambi understand that they are already married. Chinna Thambi refuses to understand and runs away to his mother, who upon learning what has happened, pulls him out of denial. She sends him away in an attempt to protect him.

The brothers come to know what has happened and torture Kannamma to get her to reveal where her son is hiding. She is saved in time by her son, who almost kills the brothers. The wives of the brothers stop him from killing them and ask him to save Nandini, who has now resorted to self-destruction upon hearing the torturous acts of her brothers. Chinna Thambi rushes back to save his wife and revives her with his singing. Nandini runs towards him, and the movie ends with them embracing, with her brothers finally supporting their relationship.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

P. Vasu's son Sakthi made his screen debut as a child artist with this film; he appeared as young Prabhu in the film.[2] Khushbu joined the film at Vasu's insistence.[3] Vasu was initially sceptical about casting Manorama as Prabhu's mother as he believed people would compare it to her vastly different role in Vasu's previous film Nadigan (1990), but Manorama remained confident it would not happen.[4] The filming was held at Gobichettipalayam.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Vaali, Ilaiyaraaja and Gangai Amaran.[6] Ilaiyaraaja composed all the songs within 35 minutes.[7] All of them were chartbusters.[8]

Track # Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Thooliyile Ada Vantha I" K. S. Chithra Vaali 2:40
2 "Thooliyile Ada Vantha II" Mano 4:38
3 "Poovoma Oorgolam" Swarnalatha, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:44
4 "Ada Uchcham Thala" Mano 4:58
5 "Kuyila Pudichchu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:46
6 "Arachcha Santhanam" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 4:52
7 "Nee Engey En Anbe" Swarnalatha Vaali 5:04
8 "Thooliyile Ada Vantha III" Mano 1.52

Reception[edit]

The Indian Express wrote, "The conflicts are generated in such a way as to excite the sentiments of lay audiences".[9]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
Cinema Express Awards Best Tamil Film K. Balu Won [10]
Best Tamil Director P. Vasu
Best Tamil Actress Khushbu
Best Tamil Comedian Goundamani
Best Tamil Male Playback Mano
Best Tamil Female Playback Swarnalatha
Best Tamil Choreographer D. K. S. Babu
Filmfare Awards South Best Tamil Film K. Balu [11]
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Film (First Place) K. Balu [12]
[13]
Best Director P. Vasu
Best Actor in Lead Role Prabhu
Best Actress in Lead Role Khushbu
Best Male Playback Mano
Best Female Playback Swarnalatha
Best Choreographer D. K. S. Babu

Remakes[edit]

Year Film Language Ref.
1991 Ramachaari Kannada [14]
1992 Chanti Telugu [15]
1993 Anari Hindi [16]

Legacy[edit]

Chinna Thambi became a major breakthrough for Prabhu and Kushboo.[17] They became one of the successful lead pairs in Tamil cinema of the 1990s through this film.[18] The success of the film also led the director, actor and actress to collaborate in another project Kizhakku Karai (1991) the following year.[19] The film proved to be a breakthrough for playback singer Swarnalatha.[20] After the release, Vasu was conferred "Navarasa Director" award by Amudha Surabhi Kalai Mandram, Madurai.[21]

Kushboo mentioned in an interview, "I am still around only because of Chinna Thambi. None of us imagined it would become the kind of cult film it did. I remember director P. Vasu, hero Prabhu and I were very skeptical about the film while shooting. It was a bold subject at the time, and we thought it would either be a huge flop or a huge hit".[22] Prabhu recalled, "People still talk about Chinna Thambi [...] I still remember my father’s words after the show. "Just as I got a Bhimbsingh, you've got Vasu", he said".[23]

In popular culture[edit]

Vasu alluded to his film's success in a scene in his later film Mannan (1992), in which Krishnan (Rajinikanth) and Muthu (Goundamani) would be seen rushing in the crowd to buy tickets to watch Chinna Thambi.[24] After the film's success, Gobichettipalayam became a shooting hub for many films.[5]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ NKS (12 April 1991). "Chinnathambi". The Indian Express. p. 7.
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