Mann Vasanai

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Mann Vasanai
Mann Vasanai poster.jpg
Poster
Directed byP. Bharathiraja
Produced byChithra Lakshmanan
Screenplay byP. Bharathiraja
Story byP. Kalaimani
StarringPandiyan
Revathi
Narrated byP. Bharathiraja
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byV. Rajagopal
Production
company
Release date
29 July 1983
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Mann Vasanai (transl. The Fragrance of Soil) is a 1983 Indian Tamil language film starring debutants Pandiyan and Revathi in the lead roles. Vinu Chakravarthy, Ganthimathi, and Y. Vijaya play other supporting roles. It was remade in Telugu as Mangammagari Manavadu (1984).[1]

Plot[edit]

Ochayi, a widow, lives in Karisalpatti village with her son Veerannan, a school dropout. Ochayi's daughter is married to Mookkaiya Thevar, whose daughter is Muthupechi. Malaichamy Thevar, the chief of the neighbouring village, is the patron of the village school, where children from both villages study. Mookkaiya Thevar has an extramarital affair with Hamsavalli and spends most of his time and money on her. Though Muthupechi secretly nurtures a desire to marry her uncle Veerannan, he does not thing along those lines as their families are not on talking terms due to a dispute over a field that was to be gifted as dowry to Mookkaiya at the time of his wedding. Though Mookkaiya has a grownup daughter, he pressurises his wife to get the dowry due to him from Ochaiya. However, Ochayi does not yield to the pressure as she feels that Mookkaiya, the womaniser, would squander it on his other women.

A new teacher joins the village and falls in love with Muthupechi. When Muthupechi hits puberty, Mookkaiya organises a function but does not invite Ochayi and Veerannan, her suitor, to perform rituals as per tradition. Enraged by this, Veerammam creates a ruckus. The villagers support him and advise Mookkaiya to invite Ochayi and Veerannan. Mookkaiya relents. All rituals take place and Muthupechi feels happy for having drawn the attention of Veerannan. Veerannan, who had all the while ignored Muthupechi, now gets attracted to her and they start meeting each other secretly. Veerannan promises to marry Muthupechi. Hamsavalli's brother Muthukalai asks Mookkaiya why he was not invited to perform the rituals of a suitor at Muthupechi's function. Though Mookkaiya is having an illicit relationship with Hamsavalli, he looks downn upon them and is irritated with Muthukalai's desire.

During a jallikattu festival in the village, Veerannan fights with a bull belonging to Malaichamy and wins a gold chain as prize. Upset with his bull being subdued by Veerannan, Malaichamy schemes to teach a lesson to Mookkaiya who constantly boasts about his bull. He manipulates Mookkaiya into announcing that the person who controls his bull will win Muthupechi as prize. Muthukalai feeds Mookkaiya's bull medicinal herbs, resulting in Malaichami's man subduing the bull. Malaichamy demands that Mookkaiya gets Muthupechi's man married to the winning man. When Mookkaiya returns home, his wife berates him, saying he has no right to declare his daughter as a prize. Mookkaiya, realising his mistake and the precarious situation he has created, commits suicide after killing his bull.

Malaichamy does not relent; he approaches the Karisalpatti Panchayat and demands that Muthupechi should be married to his person. The Panchayat refuses and advises Malaichamy to forget the bet. When Malaichamy challenges the Panchayat and demands Muthupechi, the Panchayat makes necessary arrangements to get Muthupechi married to Veerannan by the next morning so that this issue will end. When Veerannan is returning after getting the necessary items, he is attacked by Malaichami's hoodlums. He fights and knocks out some of them. Fearing arrest, he runs away from the village and everyone assumes him to be dead. Unrelenting, Malaichamy comes with his villagers, camps at Karisalpatti and demands that Muthupechi be given to him. When the Panchayat refuses, a fight erupts between the two villages. The police intervenes, bans the Panchayat and imposes restrictions on the movement of people in the villages. Enraged, Malaichamy closes the school run by him in Karisalpatti. However, the teachers plead with him and finally, run the school in the open.

To pressurise the Karisalpatti villagers, Malaichamy orders his villagers to send back women who are natives of Karisalpatti, which leads to several women coming back to Karisalpatti. Muthupechi gets depressed with these happenings and feels guilty. But her villagers take it as a prestige issue and protect her. She is also worried about Veerannan, who has not contacted her or his mother after running away. The school teacher, who loves Muthupechi, understanding her emotional turmoil, sends her letters in Veerannan's name every wekk, which make her happy and make his family hope they will see him one day. A year passes, but the impasse between the two villages continues. One day, Muthupechi gets two letters: one from Veerannan announcing his arrival, the other from the teacher. She is excited and anxiously awaits Veerannan's arrival. The next day, Veerannan arrives with his wife. Both Ochayi and Muthupechi get shocked. Veerannan explains the situation which led to his leaving the villager, his joining the army and marrying the girl to save her. Muthupechi empathises with his villagers. Malaichamy returns with his villagers and demands Muthupechi to be handed over to them.

The villagers of Karisalpatti decide that enough is enough and ask Veerannan to accept Muthupechi as his second wife to protect the village prestige but Muthupechi refuses, keeping in mind the welfare of Veerannan's wife. The villagers get upset with her decision, excommunicate and leave them. Malaichamy gets the message that Muthupechi is no longer under the villagers' protection, reaches the village and abducts her. When Veerannan comes to know this, he goes to fight with them and rescue her. In the fight, Veerannan's wife gets killed by Malaichamy. Enraged, Muthupechi takes the trident of the temple to kill Malaichamy. At the same time, Veerannan, after beating the other men, also comes to kill Malaichamy and succeeds. Muthupechi realises Veerannan's true love for her and they unite.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Pandiyan was selling bangles in Madurai, India when he was spotted by director P. Bharathiraja who offered him the lead role in his film Mann Vasanai.[4][5] Asha Kelunni Nair was spotted by Bharathiraja, who was searching for a new heroine for the same film, and went on to play the female lead of the film, making her acting debut. She was given the screen name Revathi.[6][3] While filming the climax scene, Bharathiraja slapped Revathi to ensure that she cried as required for the script, rather than use glycerine.[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[8] The song "Poththi Vachcha" is set in the Suddhadhanyasi raga.

Song Singers Lyrics Duration
Adi Kukkamma Malaysia Vasudevan, B. S. Sasirekha Panju Arunchalam 4:23
Anantha Thenn Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki 4:28
Arisi Kuthum Malaysia Vasudevan, S. P. Sailaja M. G. Vallabhan 4:34
Indha Bhoomi Ilaiyaraaja Gangai Amaran 2:30
Mookarai Mokkamma Malaysia Vasudevan, B. S. Sasirekha 4:24
Poththi Vachcha (Duet) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 4:29
PothiVacha (Lady) S. Janaki Vairamuthu 4:29
Pothi Vacha (Sad) S. Janaki Vairamuthu 4:33
Vangadi Vangadi Malaysia Vasudevan 4:35

Reception[edit]

Ananda Vikatan, in a review dated 2 October 1983, rated the film 48 out of 100.[9] The film ran for over 200 days in theatres.[10] It later won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Film.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramakrishna, Bhanumathi (2000). Musings. P.B.R. Publications. p. 235.
  2. ^ Ramesh, Neeraja (16 August 2019). "Make way for women of substance on screen". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 19 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Shekar, Anjana (8 January 2018). "From demure to daring, actor Revathy's multi-faceted film career". The News Minute. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ Ramesh, Neeraja (14 July 2016). "With '16 Vayathinile' slated for re-release, we look at Bharathiraja's failed heroes". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (16 July 2011). "A new effort". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  6. ^ Saravanan, T. (9 January 2011). "Always in reckoning". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Chennai director slaps actor on sets, banned for one year". The Times of India. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Mann Vasanai (1983)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  9. ^ "சினிமா விமர்சனம்: மண் வாசனை" [Movie Review: Mann Vasanai]. Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 2 October 1983.
  10. ^ Selvaraj, N. (20 March 2017). "வெள்ளி விழா கண்ட தமிழ் திரைப்படங்கள்" [Tamil films that completed silver jubilees]. Thinnai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. p. 394.

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