Thanga Magan, a comedy drama Tamil film is directed by Velraj and it’s widely acclaimed as VIP 2 – same team combo, Dhanush and Velraj under Wunderbar Production. The cast and characters of Thanga Magan are:
Dhanush as Thamizh Vijayraghavan
Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Yamuna
Amy Jackson as Hema D’Souza
Raadhika Sarathkumar as Thamizh’s mother
Sathish as Kumaran
K. S. Ravikumar as Vijayraghavan
Jayaprakash as Prakash Kumar
M. S. Bhaskar as Prakash Kumar’s assistant
Adith Arun as Aarvind
Music for Thanga Magan is by Anirudh Ravichander.
The Plot of Thanga Magan
The film starts with Tamizh (Dhanush), his wife, Yamuna (Samantha) and his widowed mother (Radhika) moving into a new, poky rental space. It is made known that Yamuna is pregnant and Dhanush is struggling to make things about his dad’s suicide clear and resolve his own unemployment to feed the 3 mouths dependent on him.
Flashback starts with Dhanush’s college student life, his relationship with his parents and best friends, Kumaran (Sathish) and Aarvind, his own cousin. The story proceeds light heartedly – Tamizh sees a half Brit and half Brahmin girl Hema DSouza (Amy) in a temple and goes behind her. Since Aarvind is better looking than both Tamizh and Kumaran, they both don’t tell Aarvind that they are frequenting the temple to eye Hema and her friend Revathi on which Kumaran sets sight on. After some time, both Tamizh and Hema fall in love and make out.
Aarvind finds out what Tamizh & Kumaran have been doing behind his back, confronts them then goes his separate way. On their first love anniversary, Hema produces her dream house design to Tamizh and explains her intent to live separately with Tamizh after marriage. Tamizh tramples on Hema’s wishes, citing that he won’t separate from his parents and refuses to compromise with Hema. Break up happens as Tamizh walks out on Hema.
As the story unfolds, Tamizh’s father, (KS Ravikumar) Vijayraghavan’s absent mindedness is shown here and there, hinting trouble from this problem. Aarvind’s mother (Seetha) announces her son’s marriage and Tamizh finds out that his cousin is going to marry Hema. Both Tamizh and Hema meet and decide to move on since they are going to become relatives.
After Aarvind’s marriage, finally Tamizh agrees to go to work in his dad’s office. He also has an arranged marriage with Yamuna (Samantha) During first night, Tamizh and Yamuna go play slides in the colony playground and Radhika and Vijayraghavan discuss whether Tamizh ku vivaram theriyileyo first night le enna pannanum ne (doesn’t Tamizh know what to do on first night) Avaneka vivaram theriyile (as though he doesn’t know)
Few months later, Tamizh notices his dad looking troubled and his forgetfulness intensifying – he also sees him arguing with Aarvind in his house. Tamizh asks what’s wrong but his dad dismisses his son’s concern. In office, Tamizh sees his dad looking for a file and Tamizh rubs in his dad’s absent mindedness.
Then, Tamizh’s dad hangs himself. Tamizh and his family move out of they rental space into another rental place and story comes to the current reality.
Tamizh tries to find out, via his dad’s colleagues why his dad committed suicide and when he failed, Yamuna was his pillar of strength and more jalsa scenes ensue despite her being pregnant. Radhika is totally missing in these parts.
Somehow, Tamizh manages to find out why his dad took his own life – his boss had entrusted 5 crores to Vijayraghavan and he, wanting to keep it safe, gives the money to Aarvind, in secrecy. When Vijayraghavan asks the money back from Aarvind, he refutes that he had given him any money and blames his absent mindedness. Vijayraghavan tells his boss that he forgot where he kept the money. In order to make Vijayraghavan give back the money, his boss takes the file Vijayraghavan is managing and tells him that when the money comes, the file also will come, trapping the poor man who is an honest man. As a solution, Vijayraghavan ends up taking his life because he had been labeled a thief.
In a moment of intoxication, Aarvind tells Hema that his uncle, Tamizh’s dad indeed gave him the money and he did what he did to take revenge and also develop his business using that money. He tells Hema that he had seen she and Tamizh making out and that when they broke up, he made a move to marry Amy whom he finds very beautiful. Aarvind says, despite being lesser than him Tamizh always gets the better end of the bargain and he can’t stand it hence these revenge tactics. Hema asks her husband to come clean and he scolds her as still having feelings for Tamizh. Wanting to do the right thing, Hema meets Yamuna in a temple and spills the beans on her husband’s chicanery. Yamuna tells Tamizh of Aarvind’s deeds and the story concludes on how Tamizh clears his father’s besmirched name as Thanga Magan (Golden Son)
Thanga Magan ups and downs
Story is the same old recycled plot – heroism (although it doesn’t suit Dhanush), love with 2 girls, sentiment, revenge as in name clearing and all’s well ends well climax.
Dhanush is one of the most talented actors in the industry but his talent is wasted in this movie by the professing of punch dialogues filling the purpose of Tamizh nationalism = his name, Tamizh.
Radhika is wasted in an overcast role as Dhanush’s mother. Her acting talent, again, is not utilised
KS Ravikumar’s role isn’t as full bodied as it was in VIP – Dhanush’s mom. Dhanush says, “Engge appa than enakku ellamey” (My dad is my everything) but scenes where father son relationship is shown is piecemeal – the bond doesn’t touch the heart. Director Velraj inserted too many ‘jalsa’ scenes involving Amy and Samantha which could have been filled in by Dhanush’s moments with his dad in an impacting way the way it was filmed in VIP, Dhanush and his mom moments. The title Thanga Magan (Golden Son) would have been done justice for that way. Velraj banked in too much in the male raging hormones of young audience and Dhanush kaw kaw thaluvuran (touch) Amy and Samantha which I find unnecessary and distasteful. Rather than Thanga Magan, Dhanush stands in the mind as jalsa magan.
I liked Amy slapping her husband back when he slaps her – strong character. Sadly, like I said, a good chunk of the movie is wasted on jalsa and Amy was fully ‘used’. But, she stays with her in laws after marriage (her widowed MIL) which defeats the purpose of her breakup with Dhanush.
Samantha comes as an extremely homely girl and the perfect housewife who is happy staying in the kitchen and running to give the tiffin box to Dhanush each time he forgets it in the rush to work. If you expect to see Anjaan Samantha, sorry ah. Samantha is the embodiment of Sati in Thanga Magan, who can’t stand anyone relegating her husband to 2nd status. If Dhanush dies, I bet my life that she will leap into the cremation space in this movie. She’s so loving but never says I love you to her husband. Her character is straight from the 60s into the 2015.
The lack of skimpy clothing and skin baring of the heroines is compensated by jalsa scenes – liplock between Amy and Dhanush is the current talk of town.
The villain is Dhanush’s own cousin and this pattern of good looking guys being the incarnation and at last both familial love and honesty wins.
Thanga Magan light ah Pittalai Magan.(Golden Son is slightly Gold Covering Son.)