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Toronto International Film Festival 08 – Official Selection

Kanchivaram is a tragic story about the price we pay for the promises we make…

Vengadam is a born optimist and weaver of saris.  Alas, because of Vengadam’s lowly status,  he can never afford what he creates. At the birth of his daughter he pledges to wrap her in the finest silk on the day of her wedding – to the dismay of his community who believe that if such a promise is not fulfilled, a curse will follow. Desperate to fulfill his promise, Vengadam steals a thread of silk each day, weaving secretly each night. His world is turned inside out when a communist preacher arrives – and Vengadam tries to break an ancient feudal system. But without access to the silk he cannot fulfill his promise…





Directed by: Priyadarshan

Producer: Shailendra Singh, PPC

Technical Details: India; 2007; 117 min; Tamil, English

Cast: Prakash Raj, Shreya Reddy, Shammu,


Producer – Shailendra Singh

Director – Priyadarshan

Director Of Photography – Thiru

Production Designer – Sabu Cyril

Music – M.G. Sreekumar

Edited By – Arun Kumar


Vengadam – Prakesh Raj

Annam – Shreya Reddy

Thamarai – Shammu

Parthasarthy – Jayakumar

Running Time: 117mins