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Annamalai PART 1
Jan 13, 2004 03:05 PM 17870 Views
(Updated Jan 24, 2004 12:13 PM)



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Annmalai Story: Journey from Alvarkurichi to Chennai.

In the beginning episodes of Annamalai, the main focus is the Annamalaiyar temple in AlwarKurichi. The temple and the incidents surrounding it are fully of mysterious. Sudhadhi Chittan is one example. This guy shows up anywhere and gives clue of what’s in store in the future. With other element like Sangu Mandapam, Kovil Patti (played by Radhika herself), the painting on the temple walls, the carvings at the river bank, the mysterious death of people who goes near the Sangu Mandapam and “Sangu Kalai” movement at night add chill to this serial. There is no Chiti hangover at all…well that’s what I and everybody thought at first but just wait till the story evolves.

At first it was all about the fight for the temple right between 2 families. One family is Pathalathar family which consists of Atchi - Sister of Pathalathar cum Mother in Law (pasi Satya), Pathalathar@ Amaiyappan, ThavasiPillai-1st Son (Siva Kumar), Visalam-Thavasi’s (Kuyili), NalaSivam-2nd Son (Riyaz Khan..later someone else), Annamalai-daughter (Neena at first, later Radhika) and Nambi-youngest son.

In another family, there are Ghandhimathi Ammal(Jothi Laxmi), Ulaganathan-son(SPB Charan, later Syam Ganesh), Valiammal-daughter (Devadarshini), Gomathy Nayagam-valli’s husband (Ponvannan).

Annamalai is considered as God’s child. She’s too loved (chellam) by all her family members. Visalam love and treat her as it’s her own child. Astrologer predicts that after Annamalai gets marries to the guy that she love, she will leave the family forever and will part away from their family. These give Pattu and Thavasi sleepless nights. They don’t want Annamalai to leave them so they keep on postponing her marriage. Gomathy on other hand always insult Pathu’s family. He’s the villain at that moment. Later we came to know that Gomathy is Pathu’s second wife son. Gomathy marry Valli to seek revenge over Pathu’s family. You see Pattu left Thangam long time ago after some misunderstands. Thangam is left alone at Madurai to raise her children; Gomathy and Shanthi. Gomathy insult Pattu’s family every time they meet. Usually Gomathy will fight with Nalasivam.

That’s when mysterious thing start to happen in temple. Ulaganathan (SPB Charan) came back from his medical studies in Pondicherry to visit his mum. Mum overjoyed but Gomathy feel insecure coz he want all the Gandhimathi’s property for himself. He gets a ring for ulagu. This ring which cause bad thing to happen to whoever own it. Time goes on. Ulagu falls in love with Annamalai (Neena). The ring is passed to Annamalai. Atchi too support this relationship coz she wants both family to unite after the marriage of Ulagu’s and Annamalai. On other hand Shanthi too met with Ulagu. Ulagu often tease Shanthi which made shanti to fall in love with Ulagu. When Ghandhimathi find out about Ulagu and Annu(Annamalai) relationship she locks herself in a room and only allows Bargavi in. Whatever happened inside is kept mysterious for almost a month. Time goes on.

Pattu met with accident (effect of the ring worn by Annu) and is send to hospital by our Ulagu. While praying for Pattu’s health, Atchi didn’t eat and finally she dies. Before she dies she asks Thavasi to unite Annu with Ulagu. She also tells him about Thanggam. Later Thavasi act as he hates Ulagu so that Pattu will accept him. This somehow send wrong message to Ulagu. Ulagu thought Thavasi is against the marriage. Somehow all of them (except Nalasivam) agree for the marriage. Shanthi becomes angry when she found out about the wedding arrangement. She challenged Annu that she will stop the marriage and will marry Ulagu. Gomathy try all the way to stop the wedding but not successful. Chittan ask Kanganiyar to tell Thavasi not to make any promise for the sake of wedding. Chittan predicts that all will suffer is a promise is made by Thavasi. Kanganiyar repeatedly warn Thavasi about Chittan’s wording. Thavasi sees Ghandhimathi at her room to talk about Ulagu and Annu’s wedding. Ghandhimathi agrees on one condition that the temple is given to Annu. Thavasi agrees and he kept it secret from anyone’s knowledge.

Annu gives the ring to Visalam. Visalam keep the ring in her cupboard. Nallu isn’t happy for the wedding so he kept himself away from the wedding arrangement. The wedding is fixed on the same day of the temple’s “Sangu Thriruvizha”. On that day, Bandha, Nalsivam, Ulagu, Chitaphu and a few other people dive to collect the Sangu. Suddenly there was blood everywhere and Bandha is killed. Somehow Thavasi didn’t allow the wedding to stop. Neena Annamalai and SPB Charan Ulagu were sitting on the manavarai when the music “Annnnamalai” came in and Neena turn into Radhika and SPB Charan turn into Syam Ganesh! (Many people couldn’t accept this fact, but no problem for me! The only thing that felt odd is when Thavasi (Sivakumar) and Annamalai(Radhika) talks,….. felt like watching Chithi). It took some time for me to accept them as brother and sister. The wedding took place despite the murder case. Kanganiyar’s wife Chellama also dies on the same day. Anbhalagan close the temple for investigation and the SanguTiruvizha stops. Chittan is arrested and send to jail.

By the way I forgot to mention about Meenakshi. She’s Ulagu’s cousin sister. She (too) loves Ulagu. Ghandhimathi at first planned to get Ulagu and Meenakshi to get married but for the sake of temple she changed her mind.(Take note that, 3 actress played this role. I don’t know why but they keep on changing the actress. First it is played by Viji @MettiOli fame, then somebody else who look a bit innocent and at last there’s another girl who’s quite fierce)

To be continued….

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