Thanmathra : India’s best movie on Alzheimer’s Disease
Thanmathra – India’s best movie on Alzheimer’s Disease
Language: Malayalam (with English sub titles)
Main actor: Mohanlal
|Produced by||Raju Mathew|
|Based on||“Orma” by Padmarajan|
Ramesan Nair (Mohanlal) is a Kerala government secretariat employee, cocooned in his own small and happy world. An honest and sincere man, Ramesan’s family consists of his loving wife Lekha (Meera Vasudevan), son Manu (Arjun Lal) who is a plus-two student, and daughter Manju (Baby Niranjana), a primary school student. His biggest ambition is to see that his son gets into the IAS (Indian Administrative Service), something he himself had failed to achieve despite being a brilliant student. Manu is a very loving son and an intelligent student who shares a strong emotional bond with his father. All in all, they form the very picture of loving family, with a bright future
Ramesan starts to develop problems with his memory. What starts as commonplace omissions and absentmindedness, quickly grows into handicapping cognitive and behavioral impairments. He is taken to the doctor by his family and close friend, Joseph (Jagathy Sreekumar).
In the hospital, Ramesan is diagnosed with Familial Alzheimer’s disease, a disease which causes a gradual loss of memory and cognitive abilities. The news comes as a grave shock for the happy family and turns their world upside down. The family is devastated by the sad news, but tries to adjust to the situation with a lot of determination underscored by strong emotional bonds. How they cope up with the trauma, insecurity and uncertainty caused by Ramesan’s plight, forms the gist of the movie.
The father has to quit his job and go back to his village home. He has hardly any memories of his family. The son tries to fulfil his father’s dream.
Thanmathra – One of the best happenings in Indian Cinema 2005
Author: invisman from India
28 December 2005
“If you can’t compare your wife to another woman, how can you compare your son to another boy?” – the moment Mohanlal pops this question, you know Thanmathra will not just be any malayalam movie. At a time when the industry is ruled by crass comedies, Blessy should be appreciated for taking up such a complex theme in a commercial format, without compromising on artistic values.
Mohanlal has come up with one of the strongest performances in Indian Cinema. In real life, people often consider Alzheimer’s as a variant of madness. Therefore the slightest mistake from the actor can transform an Alzheimer’s patient to a lunatic. But Mohanlal handled the character carefully. Rameshan, being an Alzheimer’s patient, forgets everything. But still somewhere in his mind, he knows that he wants to see his son as an IAS Officer, even when he cant recognise his son’s face.