101 Chodyangal is a touching tale directed by the actor Siddharth Siva. Though it was his first venture, 101 Chodyangal won awards for Best First Film of a Director and Best Child Artist. The story revolves around a school assignment given to a class V student to frame 101 questions.
Anilkumar (Minon), a class V student, is a very smart and
intelligent guy. His father Sivanandan loses his job in a sugar
mill as he was the leader of the striking employees. Sivanandan
also has a mentally challenged daughter Anagha (Baby Diya). His
wife Sati (Lena) does
manual labour under the Government's Employment Guarantee Scheme,
an only means of family income. Anil had his mid-day meal from the
Unfortunately, one day the mid-day meal was suddenly stopped due
to lack of funds and the children who could afford to bring food
were requested to bring it and even share it with others. Anilkumar
promises his favourite teacher Mukundan Master (Indrajith) that he
too will bring his share of food. On the first day, Anilkumar
manages to get the food from his mother, but the next day he does
not go to school because his mother refuses to give him food.
Mukundan Master convince Anilkumar that he can attend classes even
if he cannot bring food.
Mukundan Master comes to know that Anilkumar is a proficient
student. So, he gives Anilkumar an interesting task to test his
endurance and confidence. Master asks him to frame 101 questions
regarding different facets of life and their answers, so that they
could be sold out at the market in the form of a book. Mukundan
promises the child Rs 1 for each meaningful question.
The curious and vibrant Anilkumar starts his quest for 101
questions. After a long struggle, Anilkumar manages to assemble his
101 questions with their answers. But the last question he finds
out leaves everyone into surprise.
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101 Chodyangal is told from the perspective of a young
boy. The movie works out slowly and steadily into our minds.
101 Chodyangal do not have huge dialogue delivery,
romance, melodrama and even comedy, but still the movie captures
Indrajith has showed a measured performance in this movie. We
have seen him in different roles, but his Mukundan Master is sure
to fetch him great applause and he deserves it.
Lena was more popular as a Television artist. But now the
actress has become more popular in films too. Her notable character
roles can be marked in movies like Traffic, Ee Adutha
Siddharth is more popular as a comedian. His first directorial
venture can be regarded as one of the best movie ever happened in
the industry. Lots more to come from his way.
With respect to performances, everyone is consistently good.
Master Minon, Indrajith as his teacher and Lena as his mother, all
showed measured performances. Other characters have also shown
A very much acceptable movie and a to-be watched film indeed!
Hats off to Siddharth Siva and his team for 101
Chodyangal. It is obviously a watchable movie.