Fighting social ills on the silver screen

`AZHAGI' director, Thankar Bachan, is back with Parthipan once again for this latest venture `Thendral'. The director's previous outing `Solla Marandha Kathai', that launched the director, Cheran, as hero, met with lukewarm response.

This time round, the director is all set to critique politics, rituals, traditions and "social ills in a hard hitting manner" through a medium, he is most comfortable with. The movie tells the story of Nallankilli, a social crusader, the director narrates.

"Nallankilli treads the road not taken, he does not follow societal norms. He writes and strives for reforms in society and at one point, lands up in jail. `Thendral' is the story of a social crusader and the women in his life," he explains. Thankar Bachan, is, himself known for travelling on the road less travelled by, a bold act in a society that places formula commercial movies on an elevated pedestal.

When the director found out that his favourite music director, Ilaiyaraja, was busy, he approached Vidyasagar, and was `pleasantly surprised' with the composer's talent.

"Only when I sat for sessions with him during this movie, did I realise there was an Ilaiyaraja in him too. The movie has seven songs that take the story ahead. Now, I can assure you that the movie is incomplete without the songs, they have become a part of the narrative".

The movie also stars the newcomers, Uma and Arvind Bachan.

The shooting is complete and the film is currently under post-production.

The film, launched under the Oscar Films banner, will hit the halls by December 12.

Sudhish Kamath

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