Cast: Andrea Jeremiah, Vasanth Ravi, Azhagam Perumal, Adrian Knight Jesly
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Taramani is a 2017 Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Ram. He co-produced the film with J. Satish Kumar under his production company Catamaran Productions. The film features Andrea Jeremiah and Vasanth Ravi. The venture began production in August 2013. Anjali is appearing in a special role.
The Director Ram last movie of Thanga Meengal announced his next film named Taramani would feature actress Andrea and consequently, the first look of the movie was released in August 2013. Ram picked Andrea Jeremiah to play the lead role, labeling her as an “underutilized actress” and revealing that the film would be a “lifetime role” for her. In September 2013, the director held a test shoot and also filmed a song for the film. The filming for the project began in late November 2013 and a video book was released shortly after featuring the lead actors, winning critical acclaim
The easy movie for Ram to make would have been a relationship drama around this clash, this distance between the old and new and we do get a bit of that movie. At first, Prabhunath comes off as chilled and accepting: about Althea’s personal life, he says, “Nee sollala, naan kekkala (You didn’t say anything, so I didn’t ask)”. But once they get together, he turns, almost overnight, into Prakash Raj from Kalki. (Ram is from the Balu Mahendra school, but a lot of Taramani reminds you of K Balachander’s view of men and women.) He turns possessive, misogynistic (though perhaps he was always so, and we see it only now) – he turns into a series of paragraphs in Ram’s grand thesis.
Which is another way of saying that the characters in Taramani aren’t exactly “believable” in the conventional sense – they don’t have convincing psychological arcs. The first time Prabhunath meets Althea – she’s in a short skirt, which is, of course, the accepted attire for female professionals who drive scooters in the city – they’re huddled beneath a shelter against the rain (it rains a lot in this movie). When she catches him staring, he says he won’t rape her. The word makes you flinch. In their second meeting, he guesses she cannot be a mother (she is one) because she still has a 28-inch waist. The charitable way to look at this is to say Prabhunath lacks social graces. Or you could say Ram has already begun to push our buttons.