Revisiting An Old Classic – Thevar Magan


Thevar Magan (1992) directed by Bharathan, starring Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Revathi and Gouthami was screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 1994. What can I write about Thevar Magan that hasn’t already been written?

Just into the movie, the title scene reveals the world you’ve reached and in the next few scenes you are familiarized with family which shows who they are at heart. Periya Thevar is a well respected village head. His nephew, Mayan holds a huge grudge against him over a falling out. The entire village suffers from a spillover of this longstanding family feud. The movie goes deep into the family and lets you be part of a dramatic journey. It is about relationship between family members, loyalty, honor and revenge.  Untouchable. A true masterpiece. Viewers can actually watch the movie and though have never been to where the movie takes place, they are able to visualize and understand exactly where they are.

Sivaji Ganesan Thevar Magan
‘வாழறது முக்கியம் தான், இல்லைன்னு சொல்லல ஆனா மத்தவங்களுக்கு பயனுள்ள வாழ்க்கையா வாழ்ந்துட்டு செத்து போனா அந்த சாவுக்கே பெருமை.’

Sivaji Ganesan & Kamal Haasan

No one can deny this movie being one of the greatest movies ever made. The film is driven in detailed rather than spectacular and grand moments. It is brilliant. Great performances played by some of the greatest actors to ever live, music tracks to die for, brilliant directing of course, beautiful visuals and a storyline that fascinates from the very first to the very last minute. Sivaji Ganesan was the glue to the movie. Kamal excels in his role, was able to display his own inner-battles in his mind as well as the battles he had with Mayan. Everything works here on such level, that it creates this rich, deep and unforgettable world.

Thevar Magan
‘வெத வெதைச்சவுடனே பழம் சாப்பிடனும்னு நெனைக்க முடியுமோ? இன்னைக்கு நான் வெதைக்கறேன், நாளைக்கு நீ பழம் சாப்பிடுவ அப்புறம் உன் பையன் சாப்பிடுவான் அதுக்கப்புறம் அவன் பையன் சாப்பிடுவான்… அதெல்லாம் பாக்குறதுக்கு நான் இருக்க மாட்டேன் ஆனா வெத…? நான் போட்டது. இதெல்லாம் என்ன பெருமையா? கடமை ஒவ்வொருத்தரோடைய கடமை!’

The film has some of the most iconic dialogues and scenes, which points directly at everybody watching the film, including the above mentioned one. When a movie makes all their scenes have significant impact on us, you know you’re dealing with greatness.

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