Madrasapattinam (English: Madras Town) is a 2010 Indian Tamil romantic period action drama film written and directed by A. L. Vijay. The film stars Arya and Amy Jackson, in her feature film debut, while Nassar, Cochin Hanifa, Lisa Lazarus, and Alexx O'Nell play other prominent roles. The music was composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar with editing by Anthony and cinematography by Nirav Shah. The film was released on 9 July 2010 and was later dubbed into Telugu and released in Andhra Pradesh as 1947: A Love Story.The film became a box office success.
|Directed by||A. L. Vijay|
|Produced by||Kalpathi S. Aghoram|
|Written by||A. L. Vijay|
|Music by||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Edited by||Anthony Gonsalvez|
|Distributed by||Red Giant Movies (India)|
Ayngaran International (Worldwide)
An elderly English woman named Amy Wilkinson (Carole Trangmar-Palmer), almost at her deathbed in London due to a blood clot caused by a past head injury, wants to come down to Madras in search of a young man named Ilam Parithi (Arya), whom she last saw on 15 August 1947. She wishes to return a thali (traditional wedding threads) belonging to his mother, which he gave her as a sign that she belongs to India and nobody can separate them. However, after a turn of events, she had married another man from her hometown and thus felt that the thali was no longer her property.
Amy arrives in Madras with her granddaughter Catherine (Lisa Lazarus), equipped only with a picture of Parithi that was taken 60 years ago. Amy interrogates various people about Parithi's whereabouts. In the process, she recalls the events when she had first visited Chennai, and the chain of events that took place.
A young Amy (Amy Jackson), the daughter of the Madras Presidency Governor, visits Chennai (then called Madras, with the Chennai District being called Madrasapattinam) along with her translator Nambi (Cochin Hanifa) and encounters Parithi, whom she calls a "brave man". Parithi, a member of the dhobi (washermen) clan, is also an experienced wrestler who trains under Ayyakanu (Nassar). He openly opposes the British officials who attempt to build a golf course in the dhobi clan's dwelling place. He challenges a cruel racist officer named Robert Ellis (Alexx O'Nell), who is also Amy's suitor, to a wrestling match to decide the fate of his clan's home. Parithi is successful, and Ellis vows revenge.
In between this, the scene shifts to the present day where the aged Amy, who is going around Chennai looking for Parithi, starts remembering the olden days. She and Catherine go in a taxi driven by Veerasekhara Murali (Balaji Venugopal) and his assistant (Lollu Sabha Jeeva) They track down an old woman named Selvi (as Parithi's sister's name was Selvi) in hopes that she is Parithi's sister. It turns out that she is not the person whom they were looking for. Catherine suggests that they go to the Census Office to identify Parithi. Murali then gives an idea of painting Parithi as he would look now. They go meet a painter (T. M. Karthik) who gets drunk with the money they gave. When his wife sees his drunken stupor, she furiously throws old frames, and Amy identifies one of them to be a photo taken by her. They track down the owner of the image (ChennaiImages.com), which is actually a shooting spot for dramas. They meet the manager, and he says that the pictures were bought in an auction years ago. After they leave, his wife asks him why he lied about the images that his grandfather had saved. Later, it is shown that the man is Nambi's grandson.
Amy falls ill while at her room and is rushed to the hospital. There she meets Parithi's friend, Kabir (Omar Lateef), in his deathbed. When she inquires about Parithi's whereabouts to Kabir in Tamil, Murali and his assistant get shocked. Kabir breathes his last, saying only the words "Durai Amma", following which he dies soon after. His granddaughter then mourns his death. When Murali asks Amy about her knowledge in Tamil and why she did not speak it before, Amy blankly stares at the Cooum River. She narrates her younger days to the three of them.
Following a series of secret meetings between Parithi and Amy, love blossoms between them, and Parithi affectionately calls her "Durai Amma" (lady/female lord), a polite term of addressing British women. However, a major threat comes in the form of independence for India on 15 August 1947, which means that all British white officials and their families, including Amy, would have to leave India. On the eve of independence, all of India is celebrating. However, Amy and Parithi, determined to be together, run away and are hunted by an angry Ellis and his men. An Indian policeman helps the two of them by hiding them in a clock tower on top of the Madras Central Railway Station, but they are discovered by Ellis. After a fierce fight, Ellis is killed, Amy is injured in her head, and Parithi is badly wounded. Amy helps Parithi escape by casting him with a life-raft into the Cooum River, before she is captured and taken back to London. She had never known if Parithi survived or what his fate was.
Back in the present day, Amy is urgently called back to London to have a life-saving operation. However, she is determined to find Parithi and by chance encounters a taxi driver (Elango Kumaravel) who assumes that she would want to visit a charitable trust named Durai Ammal Foundation. The driver shows her around the foundation, which has organizations providing free housing for orphans and the elderly, medical care, and affordable education (all of which were promised to the dhobi children by the young Amy several years ago). She realizes that the Durai Ammal Foundation was established by Parithi and named after her.
Then, when Amy asks the driver what happened to Parithi, he leads her to his tomb and reveals that he died 12 years ago. She kneels before the tomb and claims the thali (nuptial threads) as her own. She declares "It's mine!" before quietly passing away on Parithi's tomb. Catherine mourns for her, and the taxi driver is dumbfounded to learn that the old woman was "Durai Amma" herself.
The epilogue shows Parithi and Amy (as they were in their younger days) in the afterlife, depicted as a 1940s-style Madrasapattinam. As the credits roll, a series of montage images are shown, illustrating the transformation of the early 20th century Madras into modern-day Chennai.
- Carole Trangmar-Palmer as Older Amy Wilkinson / Duraiammal
- Nassar as Ayyakanu
- Cochin Haneefa as Nambi
- Lisa Lazarus as Catherine
- Alexx O'Nell as Robert Ellis
- M. R. Kishore Kumar as Rengan
- Omar Lateef as Kabir
- N. L. Srinivasan as Karna
- Sathish as Pacha
- M. S. Bhaskar as Vengappan
- Bala Singh as Duraisamy
- Balaji Venugopal as Veerasekhara Murali
- Lollu Sabha Jeeva as Murali's assistant
- Elango Kumaravel as Taxi Driver
- Leema Babu as Selvi
- T. M. Karthik as Painter
- George Maryan as English Teacher
- Appukutty as Lazy Man
- Ajayan Bala as Chennai Central Station Master
- Sampath Ram as Police Officer
- Neelu Nasreen
- Jack James as Governor
- Loveday Smith as Governor's wife
- Mike Parish as The Reverend M. Smith
- Matthieu Bellon as British Officer
Director A. L. Vijay revealed that Madrasapattinam was supposed to happen later in his career, but the intervention of producer Kalpathi S. Aghoram helped realise the viability of the film earlier. Vijay had first explored the script in his college days and drew inspiration from an English professor who "used to talk to us about the freedom movement a lot," furthering Vijay's interest in history. He visualized the people who lived in the pre-independence period of India and explored the concept of how it would have been if an English girl fell in love with an Indian boy, laying the foundations for the script. The script took six months to write, with leading Tamil writer Prapanchan and visits to see independence veterans being helpful in understanding the history of the city of Madras between 1945 and 1947.
Mahesh Babu was roped to played the lead role but could not accept the role. So Arya was finalized to play the lead role, and English Miss Teen World winner Amy Jackson was selected after Vijay found a picture of her on the Internet and tracked her down. Vijay approached Harris Jayaraj as music composer first, but out of his call sheets, Vijay chose G. V. Prakash Kumar as music composer of the movie. Both Vijay and Prakash had earlier worked together in Kireedam.
The film was finished in eight months and released on 9 July 2010.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||4 April 2010|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
|Producer||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology|
Tamil track list
|1.||"Pookal Pookum"||Harini, Roop Kumar Rathod, Andrea Jeremiah, G. V. Prakash Kumar||6:37|
|2.||"Vaama Duraiyamma"||Udit Narayan, Cochin Haneefa, Amy Jackson||4:47|
|3.||"Feel Of Love"||Navin Iyer, Seenu||3:42|
|4.||"Meghame O Meghame"||M. S. Viswanathan, Vikram, Nassar, Na. Muthukumar, Ajayan Bala||6:05|
|5.||"Aaruyire"||Sonu Nigam, Saindhavi||6:12|
|7.||"The Dance Theme"||Navin Iyer||1:33|
|1947: A Love Story|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|1.||"Meghama"||Sahithi||Manikka Vinayagam, Tippu||6:02|
|3.||"O Prema"||Sahithi||Sonu Nigam, Saindhavi||6:10|
|4.||"O Prema" (Instrumental)||3:37|
|5.||"Poolu Pooyu"||Chandrabose||Roop Kumar Rathod, Harini||6:40|
|6.||"Ramma Dorasani"||Chandrabose||Udit Narayan||4:52|
Madrasapattinam received generally positive reviews in Tamil Nadu. Indiaglitz wrote: "Away from the madding crowd of commercial clichés, Madharasapattinam is a film that would send positive vibes among those who love meaningful films." Galatta.com wrote: "With a brilliant crew consisting of talents from India and abroad, Madharasapattinam transcends the language boundaries and takes Tamil cinema to the world arena!" Sify stated that the film was a "brave attempt on the part of its makers".
The film's Telugu dubbed version 1947: A Love Story has received positive reviews from critics, who have added that it might not do well at the box office. Fullhyd.com rated it 5.5 out of 10, calling it "a film that looks as beautiful as the erstwhile Madras town in which it is set", but also said that "despite being a near-perfect concoction of romance, action, drama and comedy, it is a little too slow and sober for the festive season (during which it was released)". 123telugu.com rated the movie 3 out of 5, appreciating its art direction, but saying that it does not aim too high in terms of its content. Haricharan Pudipeddi of nowrunning.com gave it 3 stars out of 5, and said that the film succeeds in painting one of the cutest love stories of the recent past.
Arya and Amy Jackson received heavy praise for their roles in the movie, the latter in particular for her delivery of Tamil dialogues. The film launched Jackson into stardom in the Tamil film industry, and she continues to act in blockbuster movies across Tamil cinema.
The film was praised for its cinematography, music, artwork, and direction.
The film opened and stayed at No. 1 in Chennai box office charts for 15 weeks.
- Nominated: Best Film – Tamil
- Nominated: Best Director – Tamil – A. L. Vijay
- Nominated: Best Actor – Tamil – Arya
- Nominated: Best Supporting Actress – Tamil – Carole Palmer
- Nominated: Best Music Director – Tamil – G. V. Prakash Kumar
- Nominated: Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil – Udit Narayan for "Vaama Duraiyamma"
- Nominated: Best Lyricist – Tamil – Na. Muthukumar for "Vaama Duraiyamma"
- Best Costume Designer – Deepali Noor
- Best Art Director – Selva Kumar
- Nominated: Best Film
- Nominated: Best Director – A. L. Vijay
- Nominated: Best Actor – Arya
- Nominated: Best Cinematographer – Nirav Shah
- Nominated: Best Music Director – G. V. Prakash Kumar
- Nominated: Best Debut Actor Female – Amy Jackson
- Nominated: Best Male Singer – Roop Kumar Rathod for "Pookal Pookum"
- Nominated: Best Female Singer – Harini for "Pookal Pookum"
- Nominated: Best Visual effects – Karthik Kotamraju (EFX)
- Nominated: Best Music Director – G. V. Prakash Kumar for "Pookal Pookum"
- Won: Best song of the year for "Pookal Pookum"
- British teenage rookie enters Kollywood
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