Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam
|Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam|
|Directed by||Thalapathy Prabhu|
|Written by||Thalapathy Prabhu|
|Music by||D. Imman|
|Edited by||Dinesh Ponraj|
|Distributed by||Abirami Mega Mall Private Ltd|
|11 August 2017|
Podhuvaga Em Manasu Thangam (English: Generally my heart is gold) is a 2017 Indian Tamil language comedy film written and directed by Thalapathy Prabhu, starring Udhayanidhi Stalin and Nivetha Pethuraj in the leading roles, with Parthiepan and Soori in supporting roles. The film began production during September 2016 and was released on 11 August 2017 with mixed reviews.
Two nearby villages in the southern suburbs of Theni share the same God as their "Kula Dheivam", and the idol is to be shared between them during festivals.
Oothukattaan is a rich big shot in his village. He has a grudge against the other village as he was insulted by them a long time ago. Since then, he promised himself to keep the God's idol in his village forever. In order to destroy the neighboring village, he plans to evacuate the entire village population. He uses his power and wealth to stop all the government projects and welfare facilities from reaching the other village and make it a barren land, which forces people to evacuate slowly and move to other places in search of livelihood. He helps the jobless youths in that village get jobs in neighboring cities, thus reducing the population of the other village.
Ganesh is a jobless but intelligent youth living in the other village. Though he is jobless, he has earned a good name for himself among the villagers by doing social services and helping in the village's development. He roams along with his friend 'Tiger' Pandi and has fun. Oothukaattan realizes that as long as Ganesh lives in that village, he cannot evacuate it. So he decides to get rid of him. He offers Ganesh a job, for which he initially agrees. Later, Ganesh comes to know that Oothukaattan has a sister whom he has married to the neighboring village and has done so many welfare schemes there. So Ganesh decides to woo and marry Leelavathi aka Leela, Oothukaattan's daughter, thinking Oothukaattan will develop the village where his daughter is going to live. Ganesh successfully woos Leela and they fall in love.
Oothukaattan plans to bring a beer factory in the next village so their water resources will be depleted, forcing villagers to move from there. He also comes to know that Ganesh has wooed Leela and plans to get rid of him. He tricks the villagers to send him out of the village. Ganesh requests for a poll and promises he will leave if the majority of the village is against him. Due to Oothukaattan's plans, Ganesh loses the election and leaves. Now Oothukaattan buys the villagers' farmlands for the factory. Ganesh refuses to sell his land. This infuriates the factory owners, and they realize they can′t build a factory if Ganesh does not sell his land. The villagers request Ganesh to come back. He does and finds out Oothukaattan is behind all this.
Leela is infuriated to find out that Ganesh wooed her for his village's benefit and breaks up with him. Meanwhile, the village festival is around the corner, during which Oothukaattan plans to destroy the village. Will Ganesh save the village, consummate Leela, and break Oothukaattan's plans?
- Udhayanidhi Stalin as Ganesh
- Nivetha Pethuraj as Leelavathi aka Leela
- Parthiban as Oothukaattaan, Leelavathi's father
- Soori as Tiger Pandi, Ganesh's friend
- Mayilsamy as Narayanan
- G. M. Sundar as Dharmalingam
- Namo Narayana as Ramalingam
- Vivek Prasanna as Murugesan
- Rama as Ganesh's mother
- Rajendran as Rajendran
- Bharathi Kannan as Bhanu Prakash
- Florent C. Pereira
In February 2016, Sri Thenandal Films signed on Udhayanidhi Stalin to play the lead role in one of their forthcoming ventures. Newcomer Thalapathy Prabhu, an erstwhile assistant of Ponram, was signed on as the film's director, while D. Imman and Balasubramaniem worked as the film's music director and cinematographer respectively. Stalin agreed to work on the film after being recommended to Prabhu by cinematographer Balasubramaniem. Parthiepan was selected to portray a negative role, while Soori was signed on to play the film's comedian. The team held negotiations with Catherine Tresa before Nivetha Pethuraj was signed on to portray the leading female role.
The film was officially titled as Podhuvaga Em Manasu Thangam named after the song from Murattu Kaalai (1980) in September 2016, with the shoot beginning in Theni thereafter. The shoot lasted for a period of 60 days, with Stalin working on the film alongside his commitments for Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen and Ippadai Vellum. Prior to the film's release, a screening was held for politician M. K. Stalin, Udhayanidhi's father.
|Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam|
|Soundtrack album by D. Imman|
|Recorded||28 June 2017|
|D. Imman chronology|
The film's music was composed by D. Imman and the album released on 28 June 2017, featuring five songs.
|1.||"Summa Irukkuruthu Easy"||Yugabharathi||Deepak||4:30|
|2.||"Ammani"||Yugabharathi||Diluckshan Jeyaratnam, Shashaa Tirupati||4:28|
|3.||"Yennaannu Solveno"||Yugabharathi||Sathyaprakash, Vandana Srinivasan||2:43|
|4.||"Singakutty"||Yugabharathi||Raja Ganapathy, Niranjana||4:14|
|5.||"Pachi Paranthiruchi"||Yugabharathi||Mannargudi Ramesh||4:04|
The film had a worldwide theatrical release on 11 August 2017 to coincide with the Independence Day weekend and opened alongside two other films, Soundarya Rajinikanth's Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 and Ram's Taramani. Reviewing the film, Anupama Subramaniam of the Deccan Chronicle wrote that "on the whole, the movie can be enjoyed only in parts" and compared the film to Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam (2013). A critic from the Times of India stated "overall, the film manages to amble along to its end despite the title credits scene promising us a gripping drama", while noting the film "suffers from an inconsistency in tone and this makes it less engaging than it should be". Likewise a critic from The Hindu stated "there's little to savour in this film apart from a few laughs", while The New Indian Express called the film a "tiring affair". The film took a good opening at the Chennai box office,