Thanga Meenkal (English: Gold Fish) is a 2013 Indian Tamil drama movie written and directed by Ram, directing his second film after Kattradhu Thamizh. Ram, besides, played the lead role as well alongside newcomers Sadhana and Shelly Kishore. A joint production of Gautham Menon’s Photon Kathaas and R. S. Infotainment, the film features score and soundtrack composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film’s shooting commenced in mid-January 2011 and was completed by late 2011. Thanga Meenkal released on 30 August 2013.
The film opened to positive reviews from critics, but was declared as an average grosser by box office analysts. It won three prizes at the 61st National Film Awards including Best Tamil film award. It was the only Tamil film to be screened at Indian Panorama in International Film Festival of India, IFFI, Goa, 2013.
A poor laborer (Ram) is devoted to his young daughter (Sadhana), but the child has problems at school with her studies, classmates and teachers. Kalyani (Ram) wants his daughter to be happy, no matter what. Kalyani is a man who toils pretty hard to meet both ends, thereby trying not to live in his father’s shade, but is forced to. His daughter Chellama (Sadhana) is a sweet angelic girl who fares below average in the class, but is all chirpy and gleeful when she is with her father. Without a proper job and an income the tension that prevails in the house forces him to take up a job far away from the reach of his lovely daughter. ‘Thanga Meengal’ is a coming-of-age story of an unfit father struggling to make ends meet, told through the eyes of his eight-year old daughter. The film offers a critique of primary education in Tamil Nadu and makes poignant observations through social commentary.
Directed by Ram
Produced by Gautham Menon, Reshma Ghatala & Venkat Somasundaram
Written by Ram & Shri Sankara Gomathy Ram
Starring Ram, Sadhana, Shelly Kishore
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Arbhindu Saaraa
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production Photon Kathaas
Distributed by JSK Film Corporation
Release dates 30 August 2013
Running time 125 minutes