Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal


Things I liked about the movie:

The supporting cast being given adequate scope to prove their talent is a rarity. It is needless to mention about Sundari bai. But Sugumari was a revelation. She was in full form! I don’t remember liking her in any movies before SNSM. Even though her character had grey shades, I really loved her acting. She was so natural and spoke the Brahmin dialect well. Her body language was fun to watch. She was amazing. Both Sundari Bai and Sugumari really got into the skin of the character. YGP was so irritating. But that was the purpose of his character. If he accomplished it actually means he did his part incredibly well. His characterization was not implausible, there are indeed many men like him in our society. It is a sick truth.

The music was unique. I loved the way MSV experimented, the movie had just  two songs but both the songs were remarkable. The haunting Kandathai sollugiren, I doubt if any other singer would have been able to sing like him. Its one of the best ever songs sung by him. Veru idam thedi  poovalo was another soul touching melody. Vani did complete justice to the song. The background score was rich.

When I watched the movie first time I was so young and could not appreciate Srikanth much. I don’t know how Bhimsingh even thought of casting him in that character. lol. Because Srikanth is a Brahmin. But he was not given a Brahmin role in a Brahmin subject, as anyone would have expected. He was cast in a completely contrasting character. A rich middle aged man who speaks Madras local Tamil slang. The movie did not have a separate track for comedy and all the lighter moments were infused in his character.  I thought his character was so adorable when I watched the movie recently. He was actually very good.

After reading the novel. Sundari bai pours water on Lakshmi’s head and says she has become pure. ‘Kuzhandha nokku unnum nadakala’. She regrets she could have handled the situation wisely. It is an imaginary scene. It is not practical can happen only in stories. The way fantasy and reality is differentiated is beautiful. The scene really touched my heart.

I loved the platonic relationship portrayed in the movie between Srikanth and Lakshmi. But I felt the climax was kind of abrupt. The scene where Lakshmi pleads with Srikanth to sleep with her appalls you. May be we can say realistic because she feels insecure and doesn’t want to loose him at any cost. But why should a woman stoop that low, losing her dignity, tarnishing the beautiful relationship and proving she is no different from others.

Lakshmi’s accent was a put off in some sequences. Eg: Avaa shonaa, Avar shonaare. lol. The sho was really irritating. Why can’t she talk in a normal tone?  Like sonnaa or chonnaa eh? :P

Nagesh gave one of his best. I particularly liked his scene with the the college students who throw flak at his novel, the way he defends the protagonist was thought provoking. I think JK himself wrote the dialogues. I’m one of the few who happens to  prefer Nagesh – the character actor than Nagesh – the comedian. He is such a gifted actor. =)

It is just sad that right when Bhimsingh started to shift his focus towards parallel cinema he died. :(

Bhimsingh’s  earlier films were mostly big budget multi-starers. Of course, the music and  acting were always great in his movies. He brought out the best of Sivaji and Savitri IMHO! But I hate his woman characterizations, because they mostly eulogize men folks(read husband) as gods. I would like to give a classic example, in Paarthal Pasi Theerum Sivaji tells Savitri that he has found Gemini and goes to fetch him home. She feels so happy and sings “Andru oomai pennallo” cheerfully, towards the end of the song when Sivaji returns home this is the dialogue Savitri would say ‘Enge en deivam?!  Avar kaalgal enge?!! Avar kaalgala en kaaneerala abhishekam senja dhaan en manasu aarum !’. It makes me cringe. Why such glorifying male chauvinistic dialogues have to be employed? It makes no sense. I really pity the actresses those days. They were undoubtedly so talented but were given only that kind of roles and had to mouth such silly dialogues. Again in Pathi Bakthi the way Gemini suspects Savitri for no reason, that whole sequence and the climax is beyond ridiculous. Why should woman be portrayed that stupid? Even though he is my favorite director I will always criticize him for it. I wish he did more meaningful movies like SNSM and ONNP.

Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal – Kandathai Sollugiren – MSV

Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal – Veru Idam Thedi Poovalo – Vani Jairam

Oru nadigai Paarkum Nadagam – Ethanai Malargal

Oru Nadigai Paarkum Nadagam – Nadigai Paarkum Nadagam


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  3. 3 sanjay kumar

    SNSM was Bhimsingh’s best, the other being Oru Nadigai natakam paarkiraal, another JK novel which however tanked at the box office.

    I read recently that sivaji ganesan was to do the role eventually played by srikanth, but JK objected to it. Seems much later, JK regretted doing so. IMO< he need not have. Srikanth has done a great job. If SG had done it with all those ranting & raving, the follies of the character would have been lost.

    Bhimsingh was known mostly for sivaji tear jerkers so this movie was a surprise. As the author rightly pointed out, unfortunately he died soon after.

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