Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Coming Soon - Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi


Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi paraak, paraak, paraak! The issue with the Animal Welfare Board has been cleared (thanks to a meeting Shankar and Vadivelu had with Karunanidhi) and the film is finally arriving in theaters(including IMC6) this Friday.

The aspect that makes me really look forward to Imsai Arasan is its genre. Tamil cinema producers and directors have a follow-the-herd mentality when it comes to film themes. When a film clicks, we immediately get a string of films in the same genre (right now it’s the time of the raw and realistic gangster films as evidenced by movies like Pattiyal, Pudhuppettai, Thalainagaram, Naalai, etc.). But here comes a film that is not only breaking the trend but is actually inventing a new genre for Tamil cinema – the historical comedy. Tamil cinema has had a number of historicals (though its been awhile since we’ve seen one hit the screens) but I think this is the first time we’re getting a historical with comedy as its main agenda and a comedian as its hero.

The film marks Vadivelu’s first film as hero and further proves that the comedian’s stock is steadily rising in Tamil cinema. Personally I still prefer Vivek over Vadivelu since the former has had a much better hit ratio in his comedy tracks. But with films like Winner, Giri and Chandramukhi, Vadivelu has definitely grown on me. He now makes me laugh when he first appears on screen and has developed his own, unique style that can get laughs out of otherwise unfunny situations and lines. Vivek made the jump to leading man earlier but his film(Solli Adippen) has been stalled while Vadivelu landed a much bigger banner and a much more talked-about film. And if the film becomes a hit, there’ll be no catching him!

Imsai Arasan is produced by Shankar. With Kaadhal, the director proved that he had an eye for good projects as producer also. The film was a love story(and a tragic one at that) at a time when action films were more popular and the director, Balaji Sakthivel, was someone who had directed an action film(Samurai) earlier. But he went ahead with the film and saw it become both a critical and a commercial superhit. So his taking up production is a good sign for Imsai Arasan. Based on the trailers, he has not skimped on money and the film has an expensive look, which is really important for a historical to work.

While I haven’t read anything about the soundtrack being a hit, the songs are pretty good. They invoke the mood of a historical and with the right kind of picturization, could still become popular. Music director duo Sabesh-Murali have calculatedly made the songs remind us of popular old numbers but without making them seem like rip-offs. So they seem immediately familiar and had me humming them.

There’s little competition now with no big movies in theaters. And with summer vacations, the movie has a good chance of attracting the family audience. Let’s wait and see if Imsai Arasan also becomes the Box-Office Arasan…

21 Comments:

At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

K: Aahha.....hype vadivu hype!

Vadivu: Vanthudaangaiya vanthudaaNNNGaa!:-)

-Kajan

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Balaji,
Hope the name of the vadivelu character would be Lagudapandi..sonds similar to his Winner fame kaipulla

I am eagerly waiting for this one, for a long time

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Rajesh Thiagarajan said...

Rightly said bb, a new genre of tamil film. I also think that this is a safe bet because a new type comedy is betteroff than a new type [kadhal story, gangster movie, ...].

Honestly, I wish this film to be a success because this would then trigger different types of historic movies being made(like bb mentioned - surely a few similar but crappy ones will follow immediately).

On a different note I would love to watch a sensible and well made 'way ahead of our time' tamil movie. Something thing like Shankar's si-fi thriller ROBO(now shelved).

Rajesh

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaajan, yep thats exactly the unique style of dialog delivery i was talking about. that style being used by others is a sure sign that it has caught on...

karthik, interesting name. u made it up urself??

rajesh, i too wish this film would succeed. it would prove that something different works too and hopefully encourage other directors to take more risks...

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

if only the movie is as gud as the trailor, then its defn gonna be a smash hit. Even a bad movie which has a good comedy by Vadievlu becomes a hit(Giri was an example). The movie had Vadivelu in the city posters, instead of Arjun. Such is the popularity of Vadivelu. Even the latest Thalainagaram's comedy became a smash hit. And i m sure Imsai's gonna be a big hit.

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Shanthi said...

Balaji illai, andha padathula avar paeru adhudhaan! Paperla ad-la appadidhaan potrukkaanga !

Rajani pathi paesuneengalae - kamal foto hindu paperla paathu asandhu poitaen !!

Saw pokkiri stills in Hindu this morning and two fotos were looking good only. One was with two vijay and one Asin and the other one was the first one in the sify link u have written about. Nallaathaana irukku ? Kuruvi koodu is apt name as u said. Naan vijay fannum illai asin fannum illai. Aana was impressed with these two pics.

ok finally decided to comment in ur blog after all these months : )

 
At 2:23 AM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said...

This is one movie I am really looking forward to

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger Suresh Kumar said...

Shankar knows how to create publicity without creating much hype over the movies that he produces.... you can see there is so much of expectation but there is no any hype around 'Pullikesi', he is very good at marketing his movies... and i too like the songs in the movie...

 
At 9:44 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

In which movie did the "vandhutaanyaa" dialogue came about?

 
At 10:44 AM, Anonymous karthik said...

" think this is the first time we’re getting a historical with comedy as its main agenda and a comedian as its hero."

Wasn't Muhamed-bin-Tuglaq a historical comedy movie? I haven't watched it but thought it was a comedy movie!

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

No other biggies scheduled to be released in the next 2-3 weeks is probably the biggest thing going for the movie. Like many here have felt, I would be so happy if this movie turns out to be a hit. It would be interesting to know how much Shankar has spent for this movie. He spent a measly 2 crores for Kaadhal & it turned out to be a monstrous hit at the BO.

 
At 10:51 AM, Anonymous ram said...

karthik, one of my friends used to tell me that mohammad bin thuglaq was an incredibly witty movie...this was the one *ing Cho, rite? havent seen it though...

but yeah, Imsai Arasan promises to be a funny movie...hopefully it lives up to all the pre-release hype...porithirundhu paarpom...

for me, vadivelu has always been a "when the script's good, he's hilarious; when he's bad, he's intolerable" kinda comedian...though that statement mite sound obvious, i feel that he is not a coundemani who can infuse life into an ordinary script just with the way he delivers the lines...vadivelu needs the right settings (invariably involving him being humbled!) to be funny...my fav. of course is Bharathi Kannama, probably the best lines Parthiban's ever written (Parthiban was the one who wrote the comedy for that; not sure if many know that. he mentioned that in a q-&-a session in New York when he was in the US to promote Kudaikkull Mazhai)

 
At 12:03 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

prasanna, i thot 'thalainagaram's comedy was pretty bad. only a few good bits. so if that became a hit, then vadivelu's really become popular :)

shanthi, thanx for finally speaking up :)

didn't know that that was his name. read somewhere else that he had a dual role too. just a couple of days more for all these doubts to be cleared :)

ferrari, yep me too :)

suresh, good point. i didnt realize that. good difference between hype and regular expectations :)

vijay, not exactly sure :( i guess we began noticing it only after he made it his style and started using it in every movie...

karthik, i've heard of 'Muhamed-bin-Tuglaq' but always thot it was a stage drama and not a movie! but if it was a movie, i guess it would be a historical comedy...

filbert, i would guess the expenses were more for this movie. so the risks were greater too.

ram, thats the way i feel about him too. but then again, thats the way i feel about all comedians...

 
At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i beleive it is a debutant director simbudevan and not balaji sakthivel

 
At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MBT had a historical figure planted in a modern setting. So, technically its not in the same genre as IA.

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, yes the director for 'imsai arasan...' is a debutant director simbudevan. i think he was the cartoonist who invented the character. i mentioned balaji sakthivel as the director of 'kaadhal'.

anon, thanx for the clarification. yes that would make it a different genre in which we've had more movies.

 
At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey balaji,

i am really looking foward to the actual budget numbers for this film. the trailer, like you said already, gives an idea of how expensive it is. i don't remember a tamil film in recent times that has taken such a huge risk. a comedian as your lead, a genre hardly ever dipicted in tamil cinema and from the looks of it piles of money being invested in this project. hopefully this does really well and opens up more avenues for creative and original ideas to be developed in kollywood.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Balaji,
I plan to see the 9.15 PM show tomorrow? Any chance of meeting you?

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, an article in sify says shankar has spent 5 crores on the film. a believable number considering its a period film.

narayanan, unfortunately i won't be seeing it tomorrow. probably won't see it until sunday :( have fun :)

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am curious on the name of Pulikesi, great karantaka king who once defeated great Harsha. Why Pulikesi name here? What is the connection?

 
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