Thirakkatha

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Thirakkatha
Thirakadha-srividya-priyamani.jpg
Official poster feat. Srividya to whom the film is dedicated and Priyamani as Malavika.
Directed byRanjith
Produced byRanjith
Maha Subair
Written byRanjith
Screenplay byRanjith
Story byRanjith
StarringPrithviraj
Priyamani
Anoop Menon
Samvrutha Sunil
Nishanth Sagar
Ranjith
Mallika Sukumaran
Cochin Haneefa
Music bySharreth
CinematographyM. J. Radhakrishnan
Edited byVijay Shankar
Distributed byVarnachithra Big Screen
Release date
  • 12 September 2008 (2008-09-12)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Thirakkatha (Malayalam: തിരക്കഥ, English: Screenplay) is a 2008 Malayalam romantic drama film co-produced, written, and directed by Ranjith.

The film is a tribute to the yesteryear actresses who had been graceful, popular figures in cinema during their younger age with patronage and later got completely disregarded by the industry, media and the masses alike. Ranjith has drawn inspiration from the life of many actresses but especially from the romantic link-up of actress Srividya with actor Kamal Haasan. He has adopted a special narrative style for the film. The story shifts between the present and flash back through the perspective of different characters. The story is divided into three monologues which meet in the climax. The film has garnered positive reviews from the critics and audiences alike.

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam (Ranjith and Maha Subair). And Priyamani won the Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress.

Plot summary[edit]

Akbar Ahmed (Prithviraj) is a film director. Friends call him 'Akky'. After his highly successful first film, he becomes the most wanted director in the Malayalam film industry. Akky and his girl friend Devayani (Samvrutha Sunil) along with a group of friends all share a passion for cinema. It was with them that Akbar directed and produced his first film, which went on to become a huge success. Akbar also runs a cafe called Casablanca named after the classic Hollywood film. For Akbar cinema is not a job, it is his passion. Akbar decides to choose a very different kind of story for his second film and he sets on a journey in search of it.

Akbar decides to base his second film on the life of yesteryear actress Malavika (Priyamani), who was once a very popular actress and whose present whereabouts are unknown. Akbar and his friends go tracking Malavika’s biography. Her husband was Ajaya Chandran (Anoop Menon). Currently Ajayachandran is the reigning super star of the industry. Akbar starts his search from film director Aby Kuruvila’s (Ranjith) house. Kuruvila’s son gives his father’s old letters and diaries to Akbar from which he starts learning about the whirlwind romance of Malavika and Ajayachandran which led to marriage. How differences between them led to a breakup and how this affected their careers along with Akbar's efforts to find Malavika form the major plot of the film. The film ends in a touching yet marvelous climax with a poetic narration.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was received well with the audiences and critics alike. Some of the major reviews in the media were all praises for the film. Nowrunning.com opined that "It is a charming film that's plainly life-affirming without being overly pretentious or markedly melodramatic".[1] Paresh C Palicha at Rediff.com opined that "It is exciting to see Ranjith bounce back to form with his best effort so far."[2] Almost all reviewers were unanimous about the brilliant performances of the lead stars, especially of Priyamani, Anoop Menon and Prithviraj.

Accalodes[edit]

Award Category Winner
National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam Ranjith, Maha Subair
Kerala State Film Awards Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor Anoop Menon
Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam Priyamani

Music[edit]

The score and soundtrack of the movie were composed by Sharreth, who returned to the field after a long gap.

Thirakkatha
Soundtrack album by
Released2008
Recorded2008
GenreSoundtrack
Length31:59
LabelAnak Audio
ProducerSharreth
Sharreth chronology
Shyaamam
(2006)
Thirakkatha
(2008)
Kalavaramaye Madilo
(2009)
Track-List[3]
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Arikil Nee Illa" (Male)Madhu Balakrishnan3:15
2."Oduvil Oru" ((Female) (Won Best Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam))K. S. Chithra4:10
3."Paalapoo Eethalil"Shweta Mohan, Nishad4:29
4."Manjuneeril Chinthi" (Version 1)Kalpana4:25
5."Onnondonnu Chernu"Ranjini Haridas, Shankar Mahadevan3:51
6."Arikil Nee Illa" (Female)Teenu Tellence3:15
7."Oduvil Oru" (Male)Sharreth4:09
8."Manjuneeril Chinthi" (Version 2)Kalpana4:25
Total length:31:59

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thirakatha Review - Malayalam Movie Review by VN". Nowrunning.com. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Review: Thirakkadha". Rediff.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Thirakkatha (2008)". Music India Online. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

https://www.academia.edu/9204740/When_Ghosts_Come_Calling_Re-projecting_the_Disappeared_Muses_of_Malayalam_Cinema

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