Taramani is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Ram. He co-produced the film with J. Satish Kumar under his production company Catamaran Productions. The film features Andrea Jeremiah, Vasanth Ravi and Adrian Knight Jesly in the lead roles, with Anjali appearing in an extended cameo. The venture began production in August 2013 and was released after several delays on 11 August 2017. The film was received with positive reviews and was a sleeper hit.
|Produced by||Dr. L. Gopinath |
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Distributed by||JSK Film Corporation|
Althea Johnson is a young, Anglo Indian single mother working for the corporate sector in Chennai. One rainy evening, she takes shelter under an abandoned bus stop alongside a rugged young man, Prabunath. Although they appear to be suspicious of each other, they both eventually start talking and become friends.
Prabu reveals to Althea how he worked at a call centre and hated his job. The only good thing about his workplace is it was located right opposite to his girlfriend, Sowmya's IT office. Sowmya was a highly educated but conservative, emotional young woman. When Sownya needed money to get her visa to work in the States, Prabu stole money from a sleeping stranger on the train and gave it to her. However, she married another man there, leaving Prabu heartbroken. When he learnt that the man he stole from, died of a heart attack, Prabu started to blame himself and became depressed. He almost committed suicide at the Taramani railway station, but is saved by a railway policeman, who later became his good friend.
Later on, Althea introduces Prabu to her son, Adrian and her mother. Her mother disapproves of Althea's friendship with Prabu and this forces Althea leave the house. Being homeless, she is forced to spend the night at the railway station. Althea explains that she caught her husband, Jacob having an affair with a man. Understanding that he can never love her as a woman due to his sexuality, she separates from her husband unaware that she was pregnant. Althea along with her son Adrian spends lot of time together. One day Adrian asks Althea if he can call Prabu his father. They eventually confess their feelings for each other and move in together.
Prabu becomes possessive and overprotective, eventually suspecting Althea of having an affair with her boss. Things take a turn for the worse when Prabu reads a crude text message from her boss. The argument leads to a break-up. Later, Prabu visits Sowmya, who is back for a holiday. She gives him a box of chocolates as a gift but he rejects it. While her husband is out, he forces her to capture intimate photos with her, to blackmail for money. However, the chocolate box already had money more than he stole for her. Ashamed at how much he had changed, Prabu leaves Sowmya's hotel room.
Meanwhile, Althea meets her boss who makes sexist remarks about her. She politely ignores them and takes selfies of them together supposedly as a truce and uploads the photos in the social media. Fearing that his wife and daughter will see them, he begs her to delete the photos. Using this, Althea successfully blackmails him into applying for his transfer. Unaware of this, Prabu berates her for having an affair with her boss having seen the photos online.
With a broken heart for the second time, Prabu decides to embrace the dark side. He flirts anonymously with lonely married women via phone and records them. Later he blackmails them for money. One of the women turns out to be a friend of the city's assistant police commissioner. While tapping Prabu's phone, the policeman learns that one of the women he is in contact is his own wife. The policeman rushes home and beats up both Prabu and his own wife. Seeing the policeman abuse his wife Prabu is reminded of himself and how he treated Althea.
With the money that he received from Sowmya, Prabu visits the family of the man from whom he stole and repays the money. The widow tells him that the postmortem revealed that her husband died hours before Prabu stole the money and forgives him. Prabu learns his lesson and decides to start life afresh.
Prabu returns to Althea and asks her for her forgiveness. She forgives him but asks him to leave the city since she does not want to complicate her son Adrian's life. After multiple apologies spanning over a few days, she eventually accepts his love and they live happily ever after.
- Andrea Jeremiah as Althea Johnson
- Anjali as Sowmya
- Vasanth Ravi as Prabhunath
- Adrian Knight Jesly as Adrian
- Azhagam Perumal as Barnabas
- Nivas Adithan as Jacob
- Abhishek D. Shah as Ankit
- J. Satish Kumar as Assistant Commissioner of Police
- Lizzie Antony as ACP's wife
- Sarah George as Meera
- Rochelle Potkar as Mamta
- Florent Pereira as Church father
Prior to the release of Thanga Meengal (2013), Ram announced his next film named Taramani would feature actress Andrea and consequently, the first look of the movie was released in August 2013. Ram picked Andrea Jeremiah to play the lead role, labelling her as a "underutilized actress" and revealing that the film would be a "lifetime role" for her. In September 2013, the director held a test shoot and also filmed a song for the film. The filming for the project began in late November 2013 and a video book was released shortly after featuring the lead actors.
Talking about the delay of the film, Ram revealed that he had to make changes to the script as time had passed. For example, he remarked that the concept of using WhatsApp amongst Chennai folk was uncommon in 2013 but had to work it into the second half as it became more popular by the time of the film's release in 2017. He also revealed that he considered shelving the film after he noticed similarities with Mani Ratnam's O Kadhal Kanmani (2015) and Karthik Subbaraj's Iraivi (2016), which had contained similar taboo themes for audiences in Tamil Nadu.
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|Released||30 December 2016|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
On 9 February 2014, a single song written, composed and sung by Andrea Jeremiah titled "The Soul of Taramani" that will not be part of the film or soundtrack album was released by actor Kamal Haasan and director P. Bharathiraja. The background score and soundtrack is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, with the album released on 30 December 2016.
|1.||"Yaaro Ucchikillai Meley"||Na. Muthukumar||Yuvan Shankar Raja||2:58|
|2.||"Un Badhil Vendi"||Na. Muthukumar||Siddharth, Sruthi S||4:23|
|3.||"Unnai Unnai Unnai"||Na. Muthukumar||Yuvan Shankar Raja, Sruthi S||2:57|
|4.||"Kaadhal Oru Kattukkadhai"||Na. Muthukumar, SuVi||SuVi, Rita||3:02|
|5.||"Oru Koappai"||Na. Muthukumar||Andrea Jeremiah||3:52|
|6.||"Paavangalai"||Na. Muthukumar||Mukesh, Senthil Dass, Yuvan Shankar Raja||4:26|
|7.||"From The Bottom Of Our Hearts"||Yuvan Shankar Raja, Ram||2:07|
After four years of production works, Taramani had a theatrical release on 11 August 2017. After a slow start at the box office, the number of screens increased during the second week and the film progressed to become a big success in multiplex cinemas across Chennai. Taramani also won primarily positive reviews, with the Deccan Chronicle noting "on the whole, the film is a worthy watch that will leave you intrigued", while giving Andrea Jeremiah particular praise for her portrayal of the lead character. The Indian Express wrote "Despite its shortcomings, Taramani has a lot working in its favour. Andrea Jeremiah and Vasanth Ravi’s remarkable performances and of course, Ram’s witty, satirical interspersions in the narrative", while The New Indian Express also praised the film. In contrast, a critic from The Hindu wrote "the film tries to do too much" and labelled Ram's voiceovers as "preachy". The film received two nominations at the 65th Filmfare Awards South: Best Tamil Film and Best Tamil Actress for Andreah Jeremiah. while Vasanth Ravi wins Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
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