|Produced by||M. Sasikumar|
|Edited by||G. Sasikumar|
|Distributed by||Ayngaran International Media|
Tharai Thappattai or Thaarai Thappattai is a 2016 Tamil musical art film written, produced and directed by Bala. The film features Sasikumar and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the leading roles, while Ilaiyaraaja composes the film's music based on karakattam. This film also happens to be Ilaiyaraaja's 1000th film. The film began production in 2013 and released on 14 January 2016. Ilaiyaraaja won the National Film Award for Best Background Score at the 63rd National Film Awards.
Sannasi (Sasikumar) is the head of a music troupe, while Sooravali (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) is the chief dancer, who loves him. Times are tough and the troupe jumps at a chance to perform at the Andaman Islands for a hefty sum. But they soon realise that the sponsors are more interested in women, and not their dance.
Humiliated, they return home, only to continue their struggle without work. At this time, Sooravali receives a marriage proposal from Karuppan (R. K. Suresh), who claims to have a government job and decent salary. Sannasi is torn between his love for Sooravali and wanting her to have a secure life.
- Sasikumar as Sannasi
- Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Sooravali
- G. M. Kumar as Samipulavan
- R. K. Suresh as Karuppaiah
- Satish Kaushik
- Gayathri Raghuram
- Anthony Daasan
- Ramya NSK as Ramya
- Anandhi as Kalaivani
- Arjun Maravan as Vellaiyan
- Kaavya Sha
- Bharat varma
- Naveen awaroop
- Sahana Sheddy
Director Bala finalised his next project following Paradesi (2013) only in October 2013 and revealed that he would make a film starring his former protege Sasikumar in the lead role, while G. V. Prakash Kumar and Kishore would be the film's composer and editor respectively. In January 2014, Bala decided to call Ilaiyaraaja in to the project to replace G. V. Prakash.
Early reports had suggested that Shriya Saran had been signed on to play the leading female role of a Karagattam dancer, but it was later noted that she had only been auditioned for the part. However, after also auditioning other actresses including Shravanthi Sainath, he then chose to offer Varalaxmi Sarathkumar the leading role and subsequently asked her to lose ten kilograms for the film. Sasikumar was asked to shave his trademark beard and sport a thin moustache, in order to reportedly play a Nadaswaram player in the movie. Furthermore, to look the part, he had to train for a month with folk singers and dancers brought in by Bala. Producer R. K. Suresh of Studio 9 Media Works, was signed on to play the antagonist in the film and undertook training in fight scenes with action choreographer Pandian. The team also selected Hindi film maker Satish Kaushik to portray a character in the film, and he joined the team in the third schedule, while director Haricharan of Thoovanam (2007) was also signed to portray his first acting role. In January 2015, reports revealed that Kannada actress Kaavya Sha had been given a pivotal role in the film, which will mark her Tamil debut, after singer Pragathi Guruprasad had opted out of the role. Sahana Sheddy, who is well known for her role as Kavya on the Tamil serial, Azhagu (TV series) plays the role of one of the troupe dancers in this film. The title of the film was announced in March 2014 to be Tharai Thappattai, after titles including Karagattam and Paarai had been considered. Also by March 2014, it was revealed that Ilaiyaraaja had finished recording 12 songs for this film using a live orchestra, in a span of six days. Furthermore, since folk dance is an integral part of the film, he had used folk musicians who are not associated with the film industry. The film's shoot took over 100 days to finish, while the makers had a three-month break in 2015, owing to Sasikumar's hand injury, which he suffered while filming the climax.
|Soundtrack album to Tharai Thappattai by|
|Released||25 December 2015|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack has been composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film has garnered a lot of expectations in being promoted as the 1000th film score of Ilaiyaraaja. The album was released in on December 25, after the Chennai floods. The soundtrack consists of seven tracks: five songs and two theme scores. Six of the tracks were released by Think Music in CDs, iTunes and on Store while one song was released as a single by Sa Re Ga Ma. The single released by Sa Re Ga Ma was the song Aarambam Aavadhu, a Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy number from the 1959 film Thanga Padhumai, remixed in this film. The teaser of the film was also released on the same day. The first paragraph of the song Idarinum is from the third Thirumurai, penned by Thirugnanasambandar. The remaining portions of Idarinum, from En Ullam Kovil, have been penned by Ilaiyaraaja. Paaruruvaaya is from Manickavasagar's Thiruvasagam.
|1||Hero Intro Theme||Ilaiyaraaja||1:31|
|2||Vadhana Vadhana Vadivelane||Kavitha Gopi, Priyadarshini||Mohan Rajan||Ilaiyaraaja||2:47|
|3||Paaruruvaaya||D. Sathyaprakash, Surmukhi Raman||Maanikkavaasagar (Thiruvasagam)||Ilaiyaraaja||3:34|
|5||Aattakaari Maaman Ponnu||M. M. Manasi, Prasanna||Ilaiyaraaja||Ilaiyaraaja||3:06|
|6||Thaarai Thappattai Theme||Ilaiyaraaja||3:05|
|7||Aarambam Aavadhu||Ananthu||Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram||Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy (Redone by Ilaiyaraaja)||4:42|
Rediff wrote "Thaarai Thappattai has all the elements that you expect from the brilliant director and while it may not appeal to all, it is definitely worth a watch." Baradwaj Rangan of the Hindu wrote "Bala essentially keeps making the same movie. He’s, repeatedly, to darkness, and love is but another stop on the tortuous road to doom. Plus, the highly stylised performances, which don’t seem to come from the actor so much as the director."
At the 63rd National Film Awards, Ilaiyaraaja won for Best Background Score, a category bifurcated from Best Music Direction. However, he refused to accept the award, due to his displeasure with the awards committee's decision to bifurcate the Best Music Direction award, and explained, "What is the meaning of giving me an award for Best Music Direction – Background Score, and M. Jayachandran an award for Best Music Direction? It not only means that I have done an incomplete job as music director but also implies that only half of my work is good."
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