Official DVD Cover
|Produced by||Sujatha Rangarajan
Media dreams Limited
|21 September 2001|
Paandavar Bhoomi is a 2001 Indian Tamil drama film, written and directed by Cheran. The film has Arun Vijay, Shamitha and Rajkiran playing the lead roles. While Vinu Chakravarthy and Mukesh Tiwari played the antagonists, Chandrasekhar, Ranjith, Manorama and Charle played supporting roles. The film met with critical acclaim and went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil.
Dhanasekar (Rajkiran) returns to his village with his family after 12 years. All the villagers feel happy over welcoming him back to the village. Dhanasekar decides to build a new bungalow adjacent to his ancestral home in the village and plans to live there. He approaches Tamizharasan aka Tamizh (Arun Vijay), an architect to design his new home. Tamizh’s father (Vijayakumar) is also an architect who is famous for traditional architectural designs.
Dhanasekar and his family temporarily stay in his neighbor’s house until the construction of new house is completed. Tamizh also stays in a tent near the construction site managing the construction activities. Vinu Chakravarthy lives in the same village and he hates Dhanasekar and his family. He wants them to be killed and sends his son Mukesh Tiwari to work with the construction workers so that he can get them killed someday.
Jeeva (Shamitha) is the niece of Dhanasekar and she befriends Tamizh. Tamizh also likes Jeeva and slowly friendship transforms into love for Tamizh. When Tamizh proposes his love to Jeeva, she leaves the place without replying which makes Tamizh understand that she does not have any feelings for him.
One day, a family comes to Dhanasekar’s house expressing interest to get Jeeva married to their son. But Dhanasekar informs them that Jeeva will be married to his brother Ranjith who is in jail for 12 years. Tamizh gets shocked knowing about this and he gets angry that the family is planning to sacrifice Jeeva by getting her married to someone who has been jailed for years. Dhanasekar comes to know about the love between Jeeva and Tamizh. He calls Tamizh and tells a flashback about his family.
Dhanasekar was leading a joyful life in the same village along with his brothers Chandrsekhar and Ranjith and sisters Kavitha and Thamarai (also Shamitha). Manorama is their mother. Vinu Chakravarthy does not like Dhanasekar’s family and always picks up quarrels with them. One day, Vinu Chakravarthy poisons the local pond thereby killing Dhanasekar’s cows and oxen that drank water from the pond. Dhanasekar gets furious and lodges a complaint with the police following which Vinu Chakravarthy is arrested.
To everyone’s shock, the family comes to know that Thamarai is in love with Akash, the younger son of Vinu Chakravarthy. Dhanasekar and Manorama warn Thamarai to forget Akash and they plan to get her married immediately with someone else. But on the day of marriage, Thamarai elopes from home with Akash and Manorama dies on the same day as she could not tolerate this.
While Dhanasekar and his brothers perform the funeral of their mother, Thamarai comes along with Akash following their wedding. Ranjith gets furious seeing her and he runs towards them and chops the heads of both Thamarai and Akash in anger. All happened in a fraction of second and Ranjith could not believe that he killed his own sister. He then feels guilty and surrenders to the police and has been sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment. Dhanasekar and his family members leave the village and move to Tirupur where they earn well and the family comes back to the same village after 12 years. But they are worried that Ranjith’s life will be spoiled as no girl will be interested to marry him as he has been jailed. So they decide to get Jeeva married to him. Jeeva though not interested in the proposal, agrees to marry her uncle Ranjith for the well-being of her family.
Tamizh understands the family’s situation and decides to give up his love for Jeeva. But on the other hand, Jeeva decides to express her interest in marrying Tamizh. She meets Tamizh and conveys her love. But Tamizh says that he came to know about her family’s past and he also felt proud about Jeeva’s decision to sacrifice her life for the happiness of her family. He apologizes to Jeeva for confusing her predetermined mind in the name of love and he also requests her to marry Ranjith who is about to get released from jail soon.
The new home is completed and Mukesh Tiwari plants a bomb in the home, so that everyone can be killed as well as the home can be destroyed. Tamizh gets to know about Mukesh Tiwari’s plans and he alerts everyone. Also, Tamizh rushes into the house in search of the bomb and finds it after much struggle. He takes the bomb and throws it away before it could explode thereby saving all the family members and also the newly built home. The entire family thank Tamizh for his help. Tamizh leaves to his home on the next day.
After a few days, Dhanasekar comes along with his brothers Chandrasekhar and Ranjith, after getting released from jail to meet Tamizh and his father Vijayakumar inviting them for the house warming ceremony as well as for Jeeva’s wedding. On seeing the invitation card, Tamizh gets surprised to see his name as groom for Jeeva.
A flashback is shown where Ranjith after getting released from jail comes to meet his family. They share some good moments as he meets his family members after a period of 12 years as he never allowed anyone to meet him in jail except Dhanasekar. Ranjith is surprised on seeing Jeeva as she exactly resembles his sister Thamarai in looks. Ranjith also believes that Thamarai has reborn in the form of Jeeva and feels happy that he got back his lovable sister whom he killed out of anger. Also, Ranjith says that he does not want to marry any one and instead he prefers to stay single along with all the family members. The family members then decide to get Jeeva married to Tamizh. The movie ends with both Tamizh and Jeeva getting united.
- Arun Vijay as Tamizharasan
- Shamitha in a double role as Jeeva and Thamarai
- Rajkiran as Dhanasekar
- Vinu Chakravarthy
- Mukesh Tiwari
- Ilavarasu as a carpenter
- Vijayakumar as Tamizh's father
- Neelima Rani
|Soundtrack album by Bharathwaj|
The soundtrack album was composed by Bharathwaj.
|1.||"Aei Samba"||T. L. Maharajan, Malgudi Subha, Yugendran||03:55|
|3.||"Azhagana Thadu Maatram"||Snehan||Reshmi||01:19|
|5.||"Kaviyan Kaviyan Bharathi"||Vairamuthu||K. S. Chithra||05:14|
|7.||"Thozha Thozha Kanavu"||Snehan||Chithra Sivaraman, Yugendran||04:49|
The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu praised as "Inundated with talent from every quarter" and said: "has to be welcomed, with open arms because decent, meaningful cinema deserves encouragement". Rediff.com particularly heaped praises at Cheran for his screenplay and said "With directors of the calibre of Cheran in its rank, Tamil cinema would not be discredited or degenerated". Thiraipadam.com lauded Cheran saying "Cheran is one of the few filmmakers who has not succumbed to the commercial bug and continues to make movies that satisfy his own creative spirit and also convey a valid message to society."
The film also received mixed reviews. Sify.com criticised the length of the movie and said: "Cheran has churned out yet another village based sob story to torment you further" and concluded that "it is a typical overdose of Cheran melodrama masala".