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Thillana Mohanambal is a Tamil musical drama film written, directed, and produced by A. P. Nagarajan. It was released in 1968. The film was adapted from Kothamangalam Subbu's novel which was published by the same name.
The movie starts with Sundaram playing Nadaswaram. He is a devoted artist and loves playing Nadaswaram. One day while performing, he meets Mohana, a Bharatnatyam dancer. After a few interactions, they fall in love with each other. Mohana asks Sundaram to play Thillana so that she could perform on it, but Sundaram hesitates. Unaware of Mohana's love, Sundaram decides to leave the country with his sister. Frustrated by this Mohana screams at him and offers him a challenge. He accepts it and postpones his decision to leave the country. He plays Thillana this time and is amazed by Mohana's performance. He confessed his love towards her, and she accepts him. The Maharaja asks Mohana to be her mistress and calls her in his palace at midnight. Sundaram watches this and doubts Mohana's loyalty. The story takes mysterious turns as the movie progresses. To know what happens next, you must watch it.
The movie has received mixed reviews from critics. It has a firm and sweet story but lacks the intensity. It is too lengthy and tests the audience's patience. A.P. Nagarajan has tried his best to keep the story intact and has succeeded in most aspects. The movie entertains you in the first half with beautiful performances of Sundaram and Mohana.
Sivaji Ganesan was in his improving stage and was getting better with every movie. He fit into the role of Sundaram and pleased with his tunes. Padmini, on the other hand, is a letdown with her character. A.P. Nagarajan has done an average job in all the tasks he has tried to attempt in the movie. He has written a beautiful story which pleases the audience with its innocence. The editing is good but less than perfect and has some minor flaws.
The movie has intensity, romance, and the drama will entertain you for the whole time. It also comes with some classical art and will connect with art lovers.
What's not there-
The movie is too lengthy to stick to the chairs. Also, the occasional loop ends might disturb you.
The movie has enough content to entertain you and is watchable.
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