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Magalir Mattum

(2017 film)

Magalir Mattum (English: Ladies Only) is


a 2017 Indian Tamil comedy drama film
written and directed by Bramma, as his
second venture after Kuttram Kadithal
(2015). The film features Jyothika,
Saranya, Urvashi and Bhanupriya in the
lead roles, while Nassar and Livingston
play supporting roles. The film narrates
the story of three female school friends
who reunite after thirty-eight years,
despite the pressures put upon them by
the men in their lives. Produced by Suriya
and featuring music composed by
Ghibran, the venture began production in
July 2016 and had a theatrical release on
15 September 2017. Magalir Mattum
received positive reviews.[1][2]
Performances of the ladies was well
received by audience and film critics.
Magalir Mattum

Poster

Directed by Bramma

Produced by Suriya
Christy Siluvappan

Written by Bramma

Starring Jyothika
Saranya
Urvashi
Bhanupriya
Music by Ghibran

Cinematography S. Manikandan

Edited by C. S. Prem
Production 2D Entertainment
company
Chris Pictures
Chris Pictures

Distributed by Sakthi Film Factory


Release date 15 September 2017

Running time 140 mins

Country India

Language Tamil

Plot
Prabhavathi (Jyothika) is a feisty
independent woman who makes
documentaries. She lives with her two
friends and later moves in with her future
mother-in-law, Gomatha (Urvasi). Prabha
learns that Gomatha misses her old
school friends, Subbu and Rani (Saranya
Ponvanan and Banupriya), with whom
gomatha has lost contact with over the
years. Prabha becomes determined to
reunite the split friends after 30 years.

Cast
Jyothika as Prabhavathy
Urvashi as Gomatha Silkurayappan
Bhanupriya as Rani Amirthakumari
Gothandaraman
Saranya as Subbulakshmi
Mangalamoorthy
Nassar as Gothandaraman
Livingston as Mangalamoorthy
K. R. Vandana as younger Gomatha
Shobana Karthikeyan as younger Rani
Amirthakumari Gothandaraman and
Archana Gothandaraman
Nivedhithaa Sathish as younger
Subbulakshmi
Pavel Navageethan as Karthi
Gothandaraman
Gokulnath as Balaji Gothandaraman
Maya Krishnan as Ameena
Madhu Vino as Prasad
Marimuthu as Rani's father
R. Madhavan in a guest appearance as
Surendhar Silkurayappan
Dhritiman Chatterjee in a guest
appearance as Shiva Reddy
Vidharth in a guest appearance as a
police officer
Luthfudeen in a guest appearance as
younger Gothandaraman
Semmalar Annam as housewife in
Prabhavathy's (Jyothika) documentary

Production
After the success of Kuttram Kadithal
(2015), Bramma was approached by
Suriya's production house 2D
Entertainment to make a film for them.
Bramma pitched three scripts including
one for Jyothika to play the leading role
in a "female-centric" script, which her
husband Suriya agreed to finance.[3][4]
Jyothika subsequently participated in a
series of workshops to get ready for her
role in the film for twenty days.[5][4] For
her role, Jyothika had to lose weight and
learn to ride a motorbike and
consequently did so with the help of her
husband Suriya and professional biker
Sheeba through lessons in Uttar
Pradesh.[6] In the meantime, Bramma
worked on finishing the script and
completed the process within two
months. The film was officially launched
in July 2016, with veteran actors Saranya
Ponvannan, Bhanupriya, Urvashi, Nassar
and Livingston revealed to be joining the
cast.[7] The film was revealed to be "thirty
percent" complete by August 2016, after
the team finished filming a schedule in
Tindivanam.[8] Though it was earlier
reported that Suriya may appear in a
guest appearance, Suriya later requested
his friend Madhavan to portray the
role.[9][10]

Prior to the film's release, director


Bramma revealed that he had watched
the film over two hundred times. He also
stated that after the film's theatrical
release, the team planned to take it to
international film festivals. To promote
the film, the team launched comics in
Tamil and Tanglish that spoke about
women’s rights, the life they lead, and
what marriage does.[11] Likewise,
following the release of the film's teaser,
Suriya requested other male celebrities
to make dosas for their wives and
partners.[12]

Music
Magalir Mattum
Soundtrack album by Ghibran

Released 26 April 2017

Genre Feature film


soundtrack

Length 21:34

Label 2D Music

Producer Ghibran

Ghibran chronology

Adhe Kangal Magalir Aramm


(2016) Mattum (2017)
(2017)

The film's soundtrack was composed by


Ghibran. The soundtrack features seven
songs and one instrumentals from the
original score. The album was launched
at Sathyam Cinemas, Chennai on 26 April
2017. The soundtrack included a song
sung by actor Karthi, as well as three
short songs sung by the film's leading
veteran actresses.
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s)
1. "Adi Vaadi Uma DeviGold
Thimiraa" Devaraj
2. "Ghandhari ThamaraiPadmalatha
Yaaro" Anurag
Kulkarni
3. "Gubu Gubu Vivek Karthi
Gubu"
4. "Bullet Song" Bulleh Yazin Nizar
Shah Chennai
Qawwali
Kids
5. "Karu Karunnu" Bramma Bhanupriya
Namitha
Babu, Gold
Devaraj
6. "Carratu Bramma Urvashi,
Pottazhaga" Namitha
Babu, Gold
Devaraj
7. "Time Bramma Saranya
Passukkosaram" Ponvannan
Padmalatha
8. "Theme Music" — —
Total length:

Release
Magalir Mattum opened on 15 September
2017 to positive reviews from film critics
and audiences.[13] Critic Ashameera
Aiyappan of The Indian Express wrote
"the main strength of Magalir Mattum is
the empathy it invokes" and that
"Bramma’s writing will bring flashes of
conversations with women of your own
family and that is a major asset for the
movie", while giving it a high rating of 3.5
stars.[14] A critic from The New Indian
Express called the casting "terrific", while
a critic from The Hindu wrote the
"cheerful camaraderie between the leads
works wonders".[15][16] Sify.com called
the film a "watchable, feel-good film"
adding "what works in Magalir Mattum is
the feel-good factor, the chemistry
between the four actresses Urvashi,
Bhanupriya, Saranya Ponvannan and
Jyothika and the climax twist".[17] The
critic from Behindwoods.com noted
"director Bramma has proven once again
that he is a talented filmmaker with a
strong content and a noble motive -
kudos to him, for making a celebratory
film like this, which is fully surrounded by
positivity and feel good moments, though
the film dealing a serious subject".[18] The
reviewer from The Hindustan Times
wrote that the film is "not without flaws
but a film made with a lot of heart", and
that it is "the kind of film where you don’t
mind overseeing the flaws because it
leaves you with a heartwarming feeling
when you exit the theatre".[19] In contrast,
a critic from NewsMinute.com wrote
"Magalir Mattum has its heart in the right
place" and "it's clear that the film wants
people to understand the lives of women
but it struggles to articulate their stories
within the pop culture framework of
empowerment".[20]

References
1. http://www.ibtimes.co.in/magalir-
mattum-movie-review-critics-give-thumbs-
jyothika-742065
2.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entert
ainment/tamil/movie-reviews/magalir-
mattum/movie-review/60507803.cms
3.
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/
movies/i-dont-like-the-term-
feminist/article18522920.ece
4. "Jyothika's movie with Bramma begins
today" . sify.com.
5. "Jyothika attends workshop for
Bramma's next film!" . sify.com.
6.
http://indianexpress.com/article/entertain
ment/tamil/i-was-surprised-that-a-story-
like-magalir-mattum-came-from-a-man-
jyothika/
7. "Jyotika starts film with Bramma" .
thehindu.com.
8. "Jyothika's upcoming film has been
tentatively titled as Magalir Mattum" .
behindwoods.com. 23 August 2016.
9. http://fitnhit.com/news/suriya-play-
cameo-upcoming-movie-jyothika-titled-
magalir-mattum/92409/
10.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entert
ainment/tamil/movies/news/suriya-cant-
thank-madhavan-
enough/articleshow/60719633.cms
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https://silverscreen.in/tamil/features/bra
mma-interview-like-experiment-every-
format-filmmaking/
12. http://www.indiaglitz.com/anjali-and-
jai-declare-love-in-suriya-jyothika-magalir-
mattum-dosa-challenge-promo-tamil-
news-178595.html
13. http://www.ibtimes.co.in/magalir-
mattum-movie-review-critics-give-thumbs-
jyothika-742065
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http://indianexpress.com/article/entertain
ment/movie-review/magalir-mattum-
movie-review-star-rating-jyothika-oorvasi-
4842549/
15.
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/
movies/magalir-mattum-women-to-the-
fore/article19689524.ece
16.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/entert
ainment/review/2017/sep/16/magalir-
mattum-review-a-necessary-even-if-not-a-
terrific-film-1657853--2.html
17. http://www.sify.com/movies/magalir-
mattum-review-watchable-feel-good-film-
for-families-review-tamil-
rjpkhyeedgiij.html
18. http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-
movies/magalir-mattum/magalir-mattum-
review.html
19.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/movie-
reviews/magalir-mattum-movie-review-
this-jyothika-film-is-message-heavy-yet-
heartwarming/story-
SfOTdSvMZBKyOGizqLHJiP.html
20.
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/m
agalir-mattum-review-film-has-its-heart-
right-place-falters-68474

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