Em Magan

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Em Magan
Directed by Thirumurugan
Produced by T. G. Thiyagarajan
Selvi Thiyagarajan
T. Arjun
Written by Bhaskar Sakthi
(Dialogue)
Screenplay by Thirumurugan
Story by Thirumurugan
Starring Bharath
Gopika
Nassar
Vadivelu
Saranya Ponvannan
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography Sevilo Raja
Edited by Jeyakumar
Production
company
Sathya Jyothi Films
Distributed by Sathya Movies
Release date
8 September 2006
Country India
Language Tamil

Em Magan is a 2006 Tamil family drama film written and directed by Thirumurugan. Bharath, Gopika and Nassar played the lead roles, while Vadivelu and Saranya Ponvannan appeared in supporting roles. Upon release, the film met with positive critical reception and commercial success.

It was remade in Kannada as "Puthra" with Diganth.

Plot[edit]

Thirumalai (Nasser) owns a provision store in a village and lives with his family comprising his wife (Saranya Ponvannan), brother-in-law Karupatti Ayyakannu (Vadivelu), son Krishnan (Bharath) and a daughter. Thirumalai is very strict, short tempered and is referred as "Emden" by his relatives. Krishnan studies poultry science in a college and also assists his father in managing the store. Krishnan worries about his father’s rude behaviour towards him.

Divya (Gajala) is Krishnan’s class mate and she is also the daughter of the auditor who manages Thirumalai’s accounts. Divya proposes to Krishnan, who does not reciprocate as he loves his maternal uncle’s (Shanmugarajan) daughter, Janani (Gopika). But enmity prevails between Thirumalai and his in laws’ family. Krishnan lives with the hope that the two families will unite someday paving the way for his wedding.

Thirumalai’s father-in-law (Ennatha Kannaya) passes away and the two families come to talking terms forgetting the enmity during the condolence. Krishnan feels excited waiting to meet Janani after so many years. Janani also reciprocates the same feeling towards Krishnan and both love each other. One day, Krishnan is tempted to kiss Janani when there is power cut. But power comes suddenly and the entire family spots Krishnan kissing Janani.

Thirumalai and Janani’s father get furious seeing this. Clash erupts between Thirumalai and Janani’s father upon blaming each other for the incident. Thirumalai beats up Krishnan and takes his family back home. But Janani secretly hides in the car boot and comes along with them to Krishnan’s house. Seeing this, Thirumalai gets even more furious and sends both Krishnan and Janani out of home.

Krishnan marries Janani and meets Divya’s father and requests to help him find a job as he has now completed his college degree. Krishnan successfully secures a job in a poultry farm with the help of Divya’s father. Krishna works hard and his career progresses well. His lifestyle improves. One day, Thirumalai needs the signature of his son Krishnan as he wanted to sell a property and he goes to meet Krishnan. Thirumalai feels happy seeing his son in a good status but returns without expressing his happiness.

Krishnan comes to meet his father with an alliance to be seen for his sister. An emotional conversation happens between them where Krishnan expresses his feeling. Janani gives birth to a baby and a function is organized by Krishnan at his home for which he invites his parents. In the end, Thirumalai overcomes his ego and expresses his happiness seeing his son’s growth and finally unites with him. The movie ends showing the family leading a joyful life together.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Em Magan
Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar
Released 20 August 2006
Recorded Varsha Vallaki Studios
Genre Feature Film Soundtrack
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer Vidyasagar
Vidyasagar chronology
Bangaram
(2006)Bangaram2006
Emmtan-Magan
(2006)
Sivappathigaram
(2006)Sivappathigaram2006

The soundtrack was composed by Vidyasagar.

Song Title Singers
Kalluri Generation Vijay Yesudas, Timmy
Unnoduthaan Ini Tippu, Subhiksha
Purinchiducha Purinchiducha Stephen Devassy, George Peter
Goligundu Kanu Karthik, Kalyani Nair
Maatram Ondre Madhu Balakrishnan
Varaaru Vaararu Chinna Ponnu, Mohan, Murali, Chandran

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The movie received positive reviews from crititcs. Many critics praised the performances of the lead cast and Nassar and Saranya's performances were praised as well. Many praises were also specially given to Vadivelu who shines in a role with equal opportunity for comedy, character and sentiments.

Behindwoods wrote, "The director has ensured that the producer recovers his money. A family melodrama well enacted. Thirumurugan is sure to continue his winning streak in Kollywood also.".[1]

Nowrunning.com wrote, "The Director has made very good debut into the big screen. The story and proceedings are very natural and produces intense feelings. The families and women folk might turn up in good numbers for the film. Some care could have been spared to the length of the film which seems a little too much. It is a good family emotional drama which is a must watch for all class of audience, especially in this age of generational differences. Both elders who brag about irresponsible youth and youth who sulk about authoritative elders have to watch this film.".[2]

OneIndia wrote, "Director M. Thirumurugan and his group have done a great job delivering an excellent movie reflecting family values and true love."[3]

Sify wrote, "Thirumurugan has extracted spell-binding performance from his lead actors and supporting cast. Every single actor in the film is lifelike and you automatically become a part of their large family. Nassar is top class while Saranya is so lovable. Bharath is maturing with each film. He inhabits Krishna with consummate ease, you can feel the yearning for love and respect from his father. The dignified manner in which he confronts Emttan in the end is truly amazing. Vadivelu is extraordinary and he is there in almost every frame. He excels not only in light hearted comedy scenes but is great in emotional scenes. His confrontation scenes with Emttan are a super treat. Gopika once again proves that she is a natural in front of the camera. At a time where many movies seem to speak from their wallets, here is one that speaks from the heart.".[4]

Indiagitz wrote, "Nasser as a strict father dazzles. He has lived the character. He brings to life a loving and caring father, who doesn't know how to show his love and affection towards his son. A seasoned actor, at several places, he lets has expressive eyes and body language does the talking. Bharath, who seems to choose his scripts with care, has played his part well. Maturing in every film, Bharath has proved that he can do serious roles too. Vadivelu hogs all limelight. Caught between Emtan and his son, he has given right expressions. More than his humor, his emotions click. Gopika fits in nicely as a comely girl. The movie also has Saranya, Shanmugarajan and Gajala among others. Vidyasagar is also another hero of the film. His background scores and folk-based tunes are big highlights. Sevilo Raja, the debutant cinematographer, has caught the emotions of artistes well with lots of close-up shots that have become a rarity these days. At a time when commercial cliches are holding sway, the director has tried his luck with emotions and sentiments. The story is set in an average middle-class family and the strength of the director lies in getting the specifics right and real.".[5]

Balaji Balasubramaniam of Thiraipadam.com wrote, "Bharath seems to be maturing into a very good and natural actor. He is able to express a lot of emotions with his expressions and body language and generates sympathy for his character. Nasser gets a role that makes full use of his piercing stares and rough voice. He is very convincing in the role and relishes the chance to play a fully-realized character instead of the half-baked two-dimensional villain roles he usually gets. Gopika looks as homely as the role calls for and has good chemistry with Bharath while Gajala is wasted in a throw-away role. Saranya, as always, is able to generate laughs with her slightly whiny voice while Vadivelu shines in a role with equal opportunity for both comedy and sentiments. Vidyasagar comes up with a nice melody in Unnodu Thaan."[6]

S. R. Ashok Kumar of The Hindu wrote, "Director Thirumurugan weaves through emotions and sentiments which form the base of the story. Nasser plays the arrogant father to perfection, shining in the climax, and Bharath as the timid son keeps pace very well. The young actor shows maturity in tackling the sensitive situations. It is a role Vadivelu has seldom essayed, a mixture of comedy and character, and he proves himself. It is not a meaty role for Gopika but that has not deterred her from putting up a good show. Gajala makes a brief appearance and does a neat job. Ramya, who makes her debut as Bharath's sister, deserves mention. Charanya as the mother torn between a tyrant husband and a son she loves and her brother Shanmugarajan (Virumandi fame) are apt for the roles. Another strength of the film is music — the songs and the background score well composed by Vidyasagar. `Purinchirucha' and `Goli Gondu' are already hits. Sevilo Raja's camera has charmingly picturised them. Only he could have paid more attention to the colour aspect. Thirumurugan, directing his first film, has shown that he can handle family drama quite well. He has a tight script and the scenes are arranged well leading to the climax. It is touching to find the son showing concern for the father in spite of the humiliation heaped on him. Such subtle touches show much thought has gone into the film. And the viewers are sure to relate to the scenes that are so down-to-earth.".[7]

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Box office[edit]

  • The film was a commercial success grossing USS$3million at the box office.

Notes[edit]

The film was dubbed into Telugu as Vijeta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Em Magan movie review: A hit serial in silver screen". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Em Magan Review - Tamil Movie Em Magan nowrunning review". Nowrunning.com. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  3. ^ Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 15:09 [IST] (2006-09-12). "EM-Magan - Review - Filmibeat". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Sify Movies - Review listing". Sify.com. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  5. ^ "Em Mahan review. Em Mahan Tamil movie review, story, rating". IndiaGlitz.com. 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Emdan Mahan - Tamil Movie Review". Thiraipadam.com. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Sentiment in right dosage - Emdon Magan - CHEN". The Hindu. 2006-09-08. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 

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