Review – Dhanam

Star-casts: Sangeetha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi, Girish Karnad, Prem, M. S Baskar, Manobala, and others…
Banner: Sri Nandimedu Chelliyamman Movies
Production: Nandivaram Sampathkumar
Story, screenplay, dialogues and direction: G. Siva
Music: Ilayaraja

Despites making more hypes for the film that it’s gonna be the ever best Tamil flick made ever in Kollywood, Dhanam hasn’t got anything to do with a different theme. Indeed, the film has a old theme where a woman becomes a sex worker for the sake of servicing poor people has been already seen in many films… Director G.Siva seems to have inherited the theme from his mentor K.Balachandar’s ‘Arangettram’….

Indeed, he can be entitled as good director for getting on with a bold theme of a sex-worker getting married in Brahmin Iyengar Family and undergoing many problems out of it…

We wouldn’t say that Sangeetha deserves a pat, because from the very beginning she has been donning very kind of controversial roles…. But anyways, Looks like Director should have approached her after many leading heroines refusing this offer. However, Sangeetha fetches good credits for her best performance. Prem plays the role of a faint-hearted husband who dwindles between his love for wife and fear for parents. Kota Sreenivasa Rao doesn’t need to be criticized and this time he has a surprise for not donning clichéd bad politician roles, but a bad astrologer, a womanizer indeed.

Dhanam (Sangeetha) is a sex-worker in Hyderabad and she does it for helping the poor and underprivileged people residing in her area. Anantharaman (Prem), a youngster from Orthodox Brahmin Family is more fascinated not just by her looks, but her beautiful heart. When he proposes his love for her, Dhanam agrees to marry here under one condition and that is get married with the permission of Anantharaman’s parents. Though the elders not ready to accept her, their family astrologer Vedhagiri (Kota Srinivasa Rao) foresees that the entire family would acquire wealth by luck if they get their son married to Dhanam. Soon after the marriage, Vedhagiri a worst womanizer tries wooing on Dhanam and meanwhile Dhanam gives birth to a girl child. It is then; a great problem bursts out when Dhanam is cornered into the box of a sinner. Breaking out with anger, Dhanam retaliates against the entire family and is taken under the law. Will she be punished or forgiven by the law forms crux of the story…

Girish Karnad, Ashish Vidyarthy, Manobala, Rajalakshmi and others have done justice to their roles with a decent job…

Musical score by Ilayaraja is stupendous with the background scoring and couple of songs is really hummable. Cinematography by demised filmmaker Jeeva calls for the special attention…

On the whole, there is nothing special to call on the film. Director Siva and Sangeetha wins the laurels for their bold attempts and not the film, since the theme is an already seen one in film industry…

Bottom – Line: Not engrossing as expected

Verdict: Dud

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