Pon Megalai is a 2005 Indian Tamil language thriller film directed by Sakthi Chithran. The film stars Nithya Das, Abhinay and Charan Raj, with Charuhasan, Vijayan, T. S. Raghavendra, Naga Kannan, Anu Mohan, Anusha Raghavendra and Sona Heiden playing supporting roles. The film, produced by Jayaparvathi Ganesan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released in 2005.[1][2]

Pon Megalai
Directed bySakthi Chithran
Written bySakthi Chithran
Produced byJayaparvathi Ganesan
Starring
CinematographyK. V. Suresh
Edited byPeter Pappiah
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Jayaparvathi Films
Release date
24 June 2005
Running time
115 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

The film begins with the news reporter Malarvannan (Abhinay) finding the bloodied and unconscious body of Megalai (Nithya Das) in a nun's dress near a railway track. Malarvannan and a local police inspector then visit the nearby church and ask the church father (Karvannan) to identify her at the hospital. At the hospital, the church father is shocked to see Megalai, as well as the minister Thandavarayan (T. S. Raghavendra) and the police inspector Gajapathi (Naga Kannan).

In the past, Megalai lived happily with her father Ramanathan (Charuhasan) and her little sister Sangeetha (Anusha Raghavendra). After the death of her father, Megalai had the duty of looking after her sister and finding a job. Megalai then sought her father's government job but the officer demanded sexual favours from her in return for the job and Megalai refused. She went to the beach to clear up her mind and stayed there the whole day. As night fell, some drunk men tried to misbehave with her and the police officer Gajapathi drove them out and took her to the police station. There, she came to know that Gajapathi had raped a lady constable. Gajapathi beat up the journalist who took the video of his rape and left the videocassette on his table, Megalai took it and ran away from the place. During the run, Megalai was hit by Thandavarayan's car and Thandavarayan took the unconscious Megalai at his home. When Megalai woke up, she listened to the minister's plan of putting a bomb in a hospital. She managed to escape from the place and the minister's goons, and she beat up a pervert who tried to rape her. Megalai then entered a church and begged the church father to help her, he suggested her to stay in his home. The church father turned out to be a fraud and tried to rape Megalai, during the clash, Megalai was injured in the head and fainted.

After she awakes in the hospital, Megalai tells all the events to the police inspector Soundarapandian (Charan Raj) and he vows to put the culprit in jail. The next day, Malarvannan finds the videocassette and gives it to Soundarapandian. Meanwhile, Gajapathi sneaks into the hospital to kill Megalai while two terrorists appointed by Thandavarayan try to put a bomb in the hospital. Soundarapandian manages to save Megalai by killing Gajapathi. Following a bomb alert, the patients and the medical staff try to leave the place but it exploded killing more than 200 people. The following day, minister Thandavarayan commits suicide whereas the fake church father dies after being electrocuted. The film ends with Soundarapandian congratulating Megalai for her braveness and Megalai finally finds a government job.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Malayalam film actress Nithya Das was selected to play the lead role thus making her acting debut in Tamil cinema.[3][4]

SoundtrackEdit

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack features 5 tracks.[5][6]

Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Aalapanai"Pazhani BharathiSadhana Sargam, Bhavatharini4:58
2."Aadum Patham"MuthulingamSudha Ragunathan3:32
3."Unnai Thedum"Mu. MethaBombay Jayashri4:57
4."Veena Vaani"MuthulingamKalpana Raghavendar, Prasanna4:02
5."Seamaiyilea"KamakodiyanPushpavanam Kuppusamy, Anitha Kuppusamy4:04
Total length:21:33

ReceptionEdit

Malini Mannath wrote, "Music is credited to Ilayaraja, but we hardly find the maestro's touch here [..] It's upcoming Malayalam actress Nithya Das' debut Tamil film. But like the rest of the cast, she hardly gets a chance to prove her mettle" and concluded, "the film has a lyrical title and that too a chaste Tamil one. But start viewing the film and you'll realise soon enough that the film is a far cry from the impression its title conveys".[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Find Tamil Movie Pon Megalai". jointscene.com. Archived from the original on 22 June 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  2. ^ Aravindan (22 October 2008). "A film on Karunanidhi". Rediff.com. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Glamour for Nityadas too". indiaglitz.com. 9 February 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Marriage registration of actress declined". behindwoods.com. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Ponmekalai (2004) - Ilaiyaraaja". mio.to. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Ponmekalai Songs". mymazaa.com. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Ponmeghalai". chennaionline.com. Archived from the original on 30 November 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2019.