Merku Thodarchi Malai/ Western Ghats

(Tamil/108mins/2015) | Dir. Lenin Bharathi

27-May-2017 | 04:30 PM | The Stein Auditorium

Synopsis: Rangasamy is one of many “sons of the soil”. Hailing from a long line of laborers who live on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu he yearns to own a piece of land and make a living by farming it himself, instead of toiling in the spice plantations of others forever. After years of dedicated labor and service to the local communist party, led by the passionate Chaako, who advocates on behalf of the laborers, Rangasamy is finally in a position to purchase his own land. However, buying land is only half the battle for the poor like him – prospering from it amidst the corrupt dealings of the wealthy, the party and globalization is the far greater struggle, as Rangasamy soon learns.

Cast: Antony, Gayathri Krishna, Abu Valayankulam, Arubala, Tamaraisaravanan Thevaramsornam, Kodangipattimokkathayi, Pallavarayanpattipandi, Vanaraj, Master Smith

Production: Vijay Sethupathi

Screenplay: Lenin Bharathi

Cinematography: Theni Easwar

Editing: Mu. Kasi Viswanathan

Music: Ilayaraaja

Awards:

Festivals: IFFK 2016, New York Indian Film Festival 2016

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