Thanmathra evolves around the life of an Alzheimer's patient. It also portrays how the medical condition alters his and his family's lives.
A scene from Thanmathra | Photo: Youtube/ Screengrab
Since its 18-year release, Thanmathra has gained popularity among Malayalis due to its endearing story and outstanding performances. The film, which is a must-watch Malayalam film, is an adaptation of Padmarajan's short story Orma. It has also been praised as a classic that skillfully and sensitively addressed an important topic like Alzheimer's disease.
The film starred Mohanlal, Meera Vasudev, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Arjun Lal. Director Blessy and the artists received multiple awards for the commercially successful film.
Thanmathra evolves around the life of an Alzheimer's patient and how the medical condition alters his and his family's lives. It also showed how the family managed the highs and lows of their emotions while caring for him. The film is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
Here is why you must rewatch this all-time hit by Blessy and Mohanlal.
Mohanlal's exceptional performance
Thanmathra is an addition to the list of Mohanlal's timeless and remarkable films. He blends into the central role, Ramesan Nair, with ease and gives a powerful performance that heightens the film's poignant mood. Nobody watching could have avoided feeling sympathy for Ramesan and shedding a tear for him.
Blessy’s art of storytelling
Instead of adding multiple subplots to complicate the script, Blessy has presented a straightforward narrative about Ramesan Nair and his family. He has done an excellent job of capturing the hopes of a middle-class family and their resilient response to an unforeseen event. There are some similarities between this movie and Blessy's Kaazhcha, which starred Mammootty and Padmapriya, in terms of the storytelling technique and emotional elements.
Impact of Alzheimer's disease
Before Thanmathra's release, Malayalis may not have known much about Alzheimer's disease and its adverse consequences. This is a sensitive subject that the director has managed to handle with tact, enticing empathy in the viewer without going overboard with the intricacies of the condition. In a recent interview with the media, Blessy expressed his happiness at having tried to raise public awareness of Alzheimer's disease.
The warmth of the parent-child bond is key to the progress of Thanmathra. A few moving scenes convey the bond between the characters. For example, Ramesan having a mature conversation with his son about infatuation. In another scene, Ramesan speaks to other parents about the value of gentle parenting and spending quality time with their children to understand their thoughts and dreams.
Convincing and subtle act by other artists
In addition to Mohanlal, the film's other actors, including debutant Arjun Lal, were able to bring just the right amount of emotion to this heart-touching drama. According to the director, even Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Arjun Lal, and Meera Vasudev put their all into the roles they played and did so with great conviction.