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History of Pasumpon Thevar on celluloid

IndiaGlitz [Monday, February 18, 2008]


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I B Karthikeyan's Papillon Communications, which has several years of experience in the advertising industry, has made a documentary on the life history of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar. The documentary is being released on the occasion of Thevar's 100th anniversary.

Titled 'Pasumpon Thevar Varalaaru', the documentary narrates the story of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar who worked for the poor and downtrodden people. Muthuramalinga Thevar was born in the Pasumpon Village in Madurai district and had worked with Netaji Subash Chandra Bose for the freedom of the country.

M.P. Abraham Lincoln, who has served as a correspondent for several years with various dailies including Daily Thanthi, Dhina Bhoomi, Kathiravan, Dhinamalar, Dinakaran and Tamilmurasu and several weeklies has taken care of the research, compilation, script and direction of the documentary. The documentary is based on solid research backed by sufficient evidence for all the incidents narrated.

The movie seeks to highlight the simple life style of Thevar, who was in possession of more than 32 villages. He shunned luxury and worked for the freedom of the country and to redeem the people who were suffering in slavery. The movie also portrays his donation of all the lands belonging to him to the needy, without showing any partiality towards any particular religion or caste.

The filmmaker feels that Thevar, despite being a national leader, a distinctive spiritual person, and a social reformer, has been kept in the dark all these years. All the great deeds that he had done have all been hidden from the public eyes, says Lincoln.

To present the true picture about Thevar's life history, Papilon communications has made a documentary after carrying out meticulous research on his life. The documentary running for about 75 minutes narrates with proof the service of Thevar in the freedom struggle and his contributions after the country became free. Advanced 3D technology and animation have been used to depict some of the sequences where no video footage is available.

The documentary has been filmed extensively at several places including Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Tiruchy, Uraiyur, Pudhukottai, Thanjavur, Aaduthurai, Vellore, Kallupatti, and Pulichikulam where Thevar had lived and visited.

The Muthukulathur incident which is recorded in history has also been filmed without any deviation from the truth. The Aimuga Vinayagar temple built and consecrated by Thevar is also featured in the documentary.

The documentary features three songs penned by Yugabharathi. The music has been scored by Vijay Antony and actor Vagai Chandrasekar has lent his voice for narration.

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