This is a re-post of a review I did way back in the dark ages of 2009! I still totally recommend this film... although this isn't really a review as much as it's a nice collection of screencaps and a recommendation to watch the film. I write much better now.
Now, somebody who considers American Beauty to be the height of filmmaking probably won’t appreciate the over-the-top Southern masala of Tananam Tananam. However, those of you who enjoy a classic masala mix of improbable medicine, copious item numbers, wedding drama, and tacky comedy will love this movie as much as I did.
Tananam Tananam is the story of Shankar (Tamil hero Shaam). What he wants more than anything else is to learn to play the violin. Shankar’s mother talks her brother – a violin teacher – in, despite the fact that Uncle-ji has not taught violin in years and refuses to pick up the instrument.
Not only that, Shankar has his obnoxious cousin – the adorable Ramya – to deal with.
Ramya is childish but full of life and personality! She develops a huge crush on Shankar and is thrilled when her parents seem willing to match the two up.
Enter the drop-dead gorgeous Rakshitha.
She’s the lead actress in a traveling troupe of actors and Shankar falls head over heels for her – for obvious reasons.
So, that’s the set-up.
Tananam Tananam plays with the idea of fan behavior much like Guddi - except with genders reversed. Shankar thinks that he’s in love but really he doesn’t know Rakshitha at all. And playing against type, even though Rakshitha is a beautiful and desirable actress, she is not a bad person. The movie goes out of it’s way to show that she’s caring, kind, and intelligent. She doesn’t lead Shankar on – in fact – she doesn’t know he exists!
How could she when they only interact in his dream sequences?
When Shankar proposes marriage – Rakshitha turns him down flat. And yet again, she’s not demonized. He’s the one who doesn’t understand that she’s married to her job more or less.
And like a mixed up Devdas, Shankar descends into alcoholism and not-shaving. So, what happens when he wanders down the middle of the road dead drunk one night?
The man blinded by his crush and his lust becomes literally blind when hit by a truck!
(Obviously the best way to figuratively express his blind pain is with back-up dancers in black hoodies…)
Who will Shankar pick?! Betty or Veronica?! You have to watch to find out!!
(And watch one of Shankar’s dream sequences to get a taste of the film!)
You can also read an interview with the director, Kavitha Lankesh. Apparently, the two leading ladies do not get along!
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