Thooku Medai

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Thooku Medai
Directed byAmirtham
Produced bySri Appan Films
Screenplay by M. Karunanidhi
Story by M. Karunanidhi
Starring Chandrasekhar
Menaka
Chakravarthy
Usha Rajender
Nagesh
Music by Shankar Ganesh
Release date
1982
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Thooku Medai (transl. Gallows ) is a 1982 Tamil Indian feature film directed by Amirtham. The film stars Chandrasekhar and Menaka in the lead roles. [1]

Gallows structure for execution

A gallows is a frame, typically wooden, from which objects can be hung or “weighed.” Gallows were thus widely used for public weighing scales for large objects such as sacks of grain or minerals, usually positioned in markets or toll gates. The term was also used for a framework from which an ship’s anchor might be raised so that it no longer sat on the bottom, i.e., “weighing [the] anchor.” In modern usage it has come to mean almost exclusively a scaffold or gibbet used for execution by hanging.

The following is an overview of events in 1982 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

Tamil language language

Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an official language of three countries: India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. It is also the official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry. It is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

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Cast

Chandrasekhar (Tamil actor) Tamil actor

Chandrasekhar, also known as Vagai Chandrasekhar, is an Indian stage, film and television actor working in Tamil language films, known for his histrionics. He played lead or supportive roles in Tamil films of the 1980s. He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2002 film Nanba Nanba. He contested and won from Velachery constituency in State legislative assembly election 2016 from DMK party.

Menaka is an Indian film actress and producer. She made her Debut in Tamil film 'Ramayi Vayasukku Vanthutta'.In her short film career from 1980–86, Menaka acted in 116 films, mostly in Malayalam. She did a few films in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. She married Malayalam Producer Suresh Kumar. After 19 years, she made a comeback through the television serial Kaliveedu. Again after six years, she made a comeback on the big screen through Fazil's 2011 film Living Together.

Production

Thooku Medai was a film adaptation of the controversial stage play of same name written by Karunanidhi who had scripted the film version too. [2]

Soundtrack

Soundtrack was composed by Shankar Ganesh. [3] [4]

Controversy

Karunanidhi was displeased with censor board for reducing 500 feet of the film which contained his dialogues "focussed on the long search from Madurai to Tiruchendur". [5]

Reception

The film failed commercially. [6]

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