Director: Ram

Year: 2017
Duration: 150′
Language: VOSE
Genre : Drama


Tharamani, set in an upmarket glossy Indian Institute of Technology hub in Chennai, narrates the life of Althea Johnson, a free-spirited lady. Althea, who works as a HR in a corporate, has undergone a lot of terrible experiences in life: divorced from a man with a hidden sexual orientation and estranged from parents who antagonize her in some of the most stereotypical manner. Into this predicament falls the carefree and chatty Prabhunath who meets Althea in the midst of a heavy rainfall, and captivates her attention by recounting his love failure. Althea nonetheless is weary of a romantic relationship and is more on the looked for a kindred spirit. Nonetheless, she falls for him and thus begins another journey of love, heartbreak, self-doubt, and redemption. The film is a satirical take on modern day relationships that stereotype women, while showing the flawed face of men.  The narration also delves deep into ‘complex’ issues like globalization, demonetization, ego, desire, greed, lust, hypocrisy, compassion, frustration and more.

Director’s Biography

Ram is an Indian Film Writer and Director who predominantly works in Tamil Cinema. Affter completing Master of Arts in Tamil Literature, Ram began his journey as a writer in Tamil language. He was soon associated with renowned Bollywood filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi as script writer and worked in shaping the story of several of his films. Later he was associated with ace cinematographer and director Balu Mahendra, whom Ram credits as his teacher, and who, he says transforming him from being a film maniac to a film student  In 2007, his debut directorial venture “Kattradhu Thamizh a.k.a Tamil M.A.” was critically acclaimed and discussed the impact of globalization and the resultant social imbalances in the life of a common man graduated from a literature background. The film gained high critical acclaim upon its release with the critics describing it as “Kurinji flower (a flower that blossoms only once in 12 years) in Indian Cinema”. The film was selected and screened in the Perspectives section “Houses on Fire” at International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2018.  His second movie “Thangameenkal” released in 2013 discusses how a common man’s life is twisted and turned by globalization and today’s educational system. Ram also made his debut as an actor playing the protagonist’s role of the father. . The film won several awards. His next film titled “Peranbu as know as Resurrection” starring South Indian Superstar and a three time National Award winner Mammootty and National Award winning Child Artist Sadhna discusses about a single father with his spastic daughter and his challenges in trying to cope up with the changes happening within his daughter, emotionally and physically.

Festivals and Awards

2017: Best Tamil Actress

2017: Filmfare Award – Best Male Debut

2018: 65th Filmfare Awards South – Best Tamil Film


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