'Thanga Meengal' is a realistic and heartwarming movie that intricately and lovingly paints the picture of a unique bond between father and daughte. Set against a picturesque backdrop, it explores the immense value of unconditional love, care and acceptance from one's parents. This subtle and thought-provoking movie also highlights every child's vital need for positive role models for healthy overall development psychologically and emotionally, especially in the formative and school-going years.
This evocative tale is a coming-of-age story of an unfit father struggling to make ends meet, told through the eyes of his eight-year old daughter. Kalyani (Ram) a man in his mid-30s, is constantly looked down upon by his own father for his inability to land a job to at least pay his daughter's school fees on time. Kalyani got married at a young age unaware of the consequences of supporting a child without a job.
However, his whole life revolves around his 8 year old daughter Chellamma (Baby Sadhana), who is believed to be a special child. Her ability to learn in school is different from others, but that doesn't spare her from earning the ridicule of her teachers and classmate. It is only Kalyani, who understands Chellamma on a level that not even her own mother (Shelly Kishore), understands her.
The family lives with his father (Poo Ramu) a former headmaster and mother (Rohini) who are deeply critical of the way their grandchild is being brought up, causing further complications in their life. Will there ever be a solution to their problems?
Did you know?
At the 61st National Film Awards for 2013, Na. Muthukumar won the award for Best Lyrics for the lyrics of the song Ananda Yaazhai, which gave quite the expression to the narrative through the contextual amplification of emotions. Read More