“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 & 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.
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.