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Playing with emotions: A scene from the play ‘Muraippen’ staged at Rasika Ranjana Sabha in Tiruchi.
Playing with emotions: A scene from the play ‘Muraippen’ staged at Rasika Ranjana Sabha in Tiruchi.

S. Aishwarya

Karmugil Kalai Manram enthrals audience

TIRUCHI: With the lifestyle modifications putting heavy pressure on every person in the household, the joint family system gave way to nuclear family units. While strained relationships have become order of the day in many families, the yesteryear families had known the ways to strengthen their relationships.

One among the many Tamil dramas that has portrayed the delicate convolutions of such family relationships is ‘Muraippen,’ the only drama written by veteran writer C. S. Chellappa.

Screened by Karmugil Kalai Manram at Rasika Ranjana Sabha recently, ‘Muraipen’ debunked the set notion about the obscurity involved in family relationships.

Good deal of suspense

Though categorised as a family drama, it grips the viewers’ attention with a good deal of suspense.

The drama was set in Usilampatti in 1945-50s, the times when marriages between closely knit relationships were common. Pagudi Devar plans a wedding for his son with his sister’s daughter.

The girl, meanwhile, falls in love with son of Balu Devar, the affluent merchant in the town.

Soon after the betrothal of the girl and Balu Devar’s son, Pagudi Devar threatens his sister to call back the wedding.

About the same time, his sister’s field is set ablaze by an unknown person, followed by the murder of the field’s guard.

Everyone’s attention turns to Pagudi Devar as his walking stick, found at the place of murder, stood as strong evidence against him.

But gradually, truth reveals itself to spot the real murderer, who surprisingly turns out to be the groom, Balu Devar’s son.

When the guilt was too much to cope, the groom commits suicide.

“The script had much scope for histrionics. We did not modify it too much, as we wanted to retain its intensity,” said the director of the drama Muthuvelazhagan.

Much to the surprise of the drama buffs in city, Karmugil Kalai Manram has swerved into family drama after a series of mythological productions.

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