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Merku Thodarchi Malai is written and directed by Lenin Bharathi. The music composition of the film is by Maestro “ Ilaiyaraaja.” Vijay Sethupathi produced the movie under the banner Vijay Sethupathi Productions. The movie had been screened in the international film festivals including 21st International Film Festival of Kerala and Bioscope Global Film Festival in Punjab. The film has the star cast of Antony, Gayathri Krishna, Abu Valayankulam, Anthony Vathiyar, MS Lai, Thevaram Sornam, Kodangipatti Mokkathayi, Pallavaram Patti Pandi, Vanaraj, Master Smith And Theni Easwar. Theni Easwar handled the camera and Mu Kasiviswanathan edited film.
Actually, we could not say that there is a single plot in this film. Every character in the film has their plot. Rangaswamy wants to own a land in his hometown and hence he works hard. Rangasamy is married to his relative Ishwari and they have a boy. Everyone in the movie has a story to come up in their life. Vana Kali, Choco, Ponnamma, Kodanki, Kirukku Kizhavi, Adivaram Bhagyam and Suruli… all these are characters in the film and they have different stories. The stone-hearted people, landlords and the people who want to grab others properties are also in the story. To get the complete essence of the film you have to visit the theatres.
We could not just say that this person has done well and that person is specialized in this. Each and everyone in the film had lived in the characters. Antony who played Rangaswamy or Gayathri who played Ishwari or Pandi who played Vanakali everyone impressed the audiences
Director Lenin has sculptured this film inch by inch. Vijay Sethupathi should be definitely appreciated for producing the film with the common people and not even a single person in the film is familiar to the audiences. Lenin Bharathi's screenplay is excellent and Rasi Thangadurai’s dialogue receives appreciation. Besides this, Theni Easwar’s cinematography is brilliant. He takes us to the Western Ghats. Similarly, Ilaiyaraaja’s music gives the soul to the movie. His background music gels with the script and touches the audiences. The production value is great and hats off to Vijay Sethupathi for supporting the debutants.
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All the characters in the movie impress the audiences. Right from the beginning, we are taken into the script and when we come out of the theatre, we feel that we had also lived with those people in the Western Ghats. This story that gets into the livelihood of the people living in the Western Ghats is sure to impress the viewers, although the actors are new faces. Try this movie and you'll love it for sure!
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