25 years ago, on Deepavali, we saw the release of a film that Kamal Haasan wrote and acted in — Thevar Magan, which became one of his biggest blockbusters. In this video essay, Baradwaj Rangan takes a look at the things that make the film so special. From the cast (Kamal Haasan, Sivaji Ganesan, Revathy, Gautami, Nasser, Vadivelu) to the music (Ilaiyaraaja), cinematography (PC Sreeram) and direction (Bharathan).
Baradwaj Rangan is a National Award-winning film critic. He has authored Conversations with Mani Ratnam and Dispatches From the Wall Corner. His long-form story on Vikram was featured in The Caravan Book of Profiles, as one of their “twelve definitive profiles.” His short story, The Call, was published in The Indian Quarterly. He has written screenplays and works for theatre. He teaches a course on cinema at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.