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Nammavar

நம்மவர் Nammavar
Directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced by R. Venkatarama Reddy
Written by Ananthu
Kamal Haasan
Kanmani Subbu (dialogues)
Starring Kamal Haasan
Gouthami
Nagesh
Srividya
Karan
Music by Mahesh Mahadevan
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Edited by N. P. Satish
Production
company
Chandamama Vijaya Combines
Distributed by Chandamama Vijaya Combines
Release dates 2 November 1994
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget INR3.7 crore

Nammavar நம்மவர் is a 1994 Tamil language film K. S. Sethumadhavan and starring Kamal Haasan and Gouthami in lead roles.

Kamal Hassan plays a revolutionary history lecturer of a college. The movie is about how he tries to reform the downtrodden college by his initiatives and its consequences. The background score and music was composed by Mahesh.

The film is inspired from Hollywood film The Principal. The film was among 1994 Deepavali releases.The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Release 4
  • Soundtrack 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

Dr.Selvam (Kamal Haasan) is the new Vice-principal History professor in a college ruled by the Donor's son Ramesh (Karan) who is essentially a spoiled brat who owing to the lack of parental guidance turns into a no-gooder and also influences the other students in the college by his tyrannical use of money and power. Sparks fly between the two, and Selvam manages to transform most of the college.

Vasanthi (Gouthami) is also a Professor in the same college who initially disapproves of Selvam's methods, but later falls for him. Selvam is revealed a cancer patient, who is seeking answers to fight his inner demons by doing good to the college. When all his methods to insult Selvam fail, and when one of his gang turns against him, Ramesh retaliates by implicating his ex-friend's lover, who is also the Principal's (Nagesh) daughter in a brothel raid, which leads to her suicide.The inevitable final clash ensues, where Selvam still does not want to harm Ramesh and is still willing to offer him a second chance. In the end, Selvam and Vasanthi leave for the US seeking a cure for his Cancer and hoping that the college will be truly reformed when they return.

Cast

Production

The first day shoot was at held at the Vijaya Vauhini studios, with Karan as a student and Kamal Haasan as professor in a classroom scenario.[1]

Release

The film received critical acclaim, but did not fare well at the box office. In 1995 at the National Film Awards, Nagesh was awarded Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal in the film, as well winning the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize.

Soundtrack

Nammavar
Soundtrack album by Mahesh Mahadevan
Released 1994
Genre Feature film soundtrack

This movie features 6 songs composed by Mahesh Mahadevan while lyrics written by Pulamaipithan and Vairamuthu. The music director, prior to signing the project had been diagnosed with blood cancer and since, it has been debated that Kamal Haasan's cancer-ridden role in the film was a tribute to Mahesh.[2] Before his death in 2002, Mahesh went on to work in the sound department in Kamal Haasan's Kuruthipunal and Aalavandhan. The soundtrack was also marked the debut of noted singer, Srinivas.[3]

References

  1. ^ http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/08/03/stories/2007080350800100.htm
  2. ^ http://lazygeek.net/2004/05/nammavar-was-mahesh-mahadevan-the-inspiration
  3. ^ http://www.hindu.com/mp/2005/09/10/stories/2005091000340100.htm

External links

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