|Directed by||K. Rajeshwar|
|Written by||K. Rajeshwar|
|Produced by||Georgi George|
|Cinematography||G. P. Krishna|
|Edited by|| B. Lenin |
V. T. Vijayan
Thuraimugam (transl. Port) is a 1996 Tamil-language crime drama film directed by K. Rajeshwar. The film stars C. Arunpandian and Shobana, with Livingston, Alex, Poornam Viswanathan, Charle, Jai Ganesh and Kavitha playing supporting roles. It was released on 25 October 1996.
Naamam (Jai Ganesh) was a union leader respected by the labourers, he lived with his wife Punniyalakshmi (Kavitha) and two children in abject poverty. He even went on hunger strike over a salary dispute. The last day of the hunger strike, he was poisoned by his friend Ethiraj (Alex) and thus Ethiraj became the new union leader. Punniyalakshmi and her children suffered hunger, thus her baby girl died. Punniyalakshmi, with her child Johnny into her arms, jumped into the sea. They were later saved by labourers and admitted at the hospital. There, Johnny ran away from his mother.
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Seven years later, Johnny is urged to take revenge on the public prosecutor Ramanujam (Poornam Viswanathan). His first attempt to murder him fails. So he decides to spoil his daughter Rukkumani's (Shobana) life and he even stops her wedding. In the meantime, Johnny clashes with the smuggler Ethiraj. When Ethiraj's henchmen try to kill Johnny, his mother Punniyalakshmi intervenes and dies. Ethiraj then dies in a car accident. Fate leads Johnny to marry Rukkumani. Rukkumani then changes him into a good person and Johnny starts to work as a labourer in the port. All goes well until Gowri Kumar is released from jail. What transpires next forms the rest of the story.
The shoot of the film took place in natural surroundings in and around Madras harbour. The film, which was initially set for release in October 1995, was delayed for an entire year, before its eventual release in October 1996.
The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Adithyan. The soundtrack, released in 1994, features 6 tracks with lyrics written by the film director K. Rajeshwar.
|"Chinna Chinna"||K. S. Chithra||5:32|
|"Rukkumani Wrongapora"||K. S. Chithra||4:37|
|"Soda Bottle"||Suresh Peters, Adithyan||5:46|
|"Yeanda Porandha"||M. G. Sundar||4:21|
|"Raja Rajavin"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||4:11|
The Hindu wrote "The director embellishes each the various segments with suitable situations and songs, the drama content not losing its fire. His choice of angles for the action sequences matches a foreign movie."
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