Rajkiran runs a printing press. He has 2 sons. It is appealing to note how he sweats out to make the dreams of his sons come true. What could such a man want? That his growing up sons will take over his burden from him. That's also exactly what Rajkiran wants. But all sorts of problems arise and grind the happiness of the family into dust. Where it all will end can be seen towards the climax of the film.
Cheran prepares the viewer for the film by his narration in a black and white background.He plays Rajkiran's 2nd son. As Cheran drives to the hospital to visit his father, Cheran's growing up years and the paths he has taken is shown as a flash back, as if going back down memory lane - for all of 3 hours and 20 minutes. Cheran's film usually has moving scenes. Even if one is determined not to give way to tears and sits with strong resolve, one cannot help a few tear drops trickling down from time to time. Despite this, some unnecessary scenes make the film move along at a snail's pace.
If the over elaboration of the college days saga, Cheran-Padmapriya song scenes and job seeking endeavors had been edited compactly, the audience will feel less restless and fidgety. Cheran is an engineer who pulls a hand cart...hero heroine tangling under the sheets...one did not expect this of Cheran. These scenes make one wonder if Cheran is also scared of not being commercially successful otherwise.
Rajkiran seats his younger son in front of his cycle and elder son behind as he teaches them the ways of life. When he's on his death bed, he asks his son if he has in any way failed to deliver anything. Even an iron heart is sure to melt at the moving portrayal.Rajkiran has proved that one need not go by set formula that a hero is one who sings duets and bashes up the baddies. The portrayal of his character will put such misconceived notions to shame. What fabulous body language! What a natural way of acting! Well done, Rajkiran!Next to Rajkiran, Meenal who does the role of Cheran's sister-in-law is to be commended. She does a realistic portrayal when she acts up with her in-laws. You burst into laughter when he says, "My daughter shall be named Khushboo only!"
Considering the hard times his parents have gone through, Cheran is the son who tries to make it up to them. Heroine Padmapriya has also done well in her role but she has neither the face nor body of a college girl. She looks more like an elder sister to Cheran! Sharanya who has acted as Cheran's mother, will definitely be flooded with such offers in future. She has done so well. When she sees her son giving his wife some halwa, Sharanya asks teasingly if she does not deserve some halwa too - sweet acting indeed! For the first time, one can give top marks to background music by Sabesh-Murali. The violin and veena used in plenty gives good atmosphere for the sentimental drama happening on screen. One can smell the village fragrance in Snehan's lyrics for 'Oray oru oorukkul....'
The realistic story line should be commended and M S Prabhu for the artistic compositions of the scenes that make for pleasant viewing. At a time when frivolous topics form the stories of most contemporary films, Cheran should be appreciated for taking a leaf out of the book of life and making a poem on celluloid. He deserves national recognition for his efforts.
'Thavamaai Thavamirundhu'is a tear jerker.