Revisiting An Old Classic – Thevar Magan


“Thevar Magan” (1992), directed by Bharathan and 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?

As the movie begins, the title scene reveals the world you’ve entered. In the next few scenes, you become acquainted with the family, showing who they are at heart. Periya Thevar is a well-respected village head, and his nephew Mayan holds a huge grudge against him over a falling out. The entire village suffers from the spillover of this longstanding family feud. The movie delves deep into family dynamics, allowing you to be part of a dramatic journey. It explores relationships between family members, loyalty, honor, and revenge. Untouchable. A true masterpiece. Viewers can watch the movie and, even if they’ve never been to the location, 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 that this movie is one of the greatest ever made. The film is brilliant, driven by details rather than spectacular and grand moments. Exceptional performances are delivered by some of the greatest actors to ever live. The music tracks are to die for, the directing is brilliant and the visuals are beautiful. The storyline fascinates from the very first to the very last minute. Sivaji Ganesan was the glue to the movie, and Kamal excels in his role, displaying his own inner battles in his mind as well as the battles with Mayan. Everything works here on such a level that it creates a 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 features some of the most iconic dialogues and scenes that directly connect with everyone watching the film. When a movie ensures that all its scenes have a significant impact on the audience, you know you’re dealing with greatness.

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