Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai

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Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai
AzhagarSamiyinKudhiraiPoster.jpg
Film Poster
Directed by Suseenthiran
Produced by P. Madhan
Written by Bhaskar Sakthi & Ram
Screenplay by Suseenthiran
Based on Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai by Bhaskar Sakthi
Starring Appukutty
Saranya Mohan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Theni Eashwar
Edited by Kasi Viswanathan
Production
  company
Escape Artists Motion Pictures
Distributed by Cloud Nine Movies
Release date(s)
  • May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12)
[1]
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget INR 4.5 crores [2]

Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai (Tamil: அழகர்சாமியின் குதிரை; English: Azhagarsami's Horse) is a 2011 Tamil mystery-drama film, based on a short story of the same name penned by writer Bhaskar Sakthi.[1] The short story refer to suseenthiran by co-director leninbharati. Directed by Suseenthiran, it stars Appukutty and Saranya Mohan in lead and features music by Ilaiyaraaja.[3][4] The film was initially reported to be jointy produced by Gautham Menon's Photon Kathaas and Escape Artists Motion Pictures.[5][6] but was then produced by the latter only, while Cloud Nine Movies would distribute film.[7][8] The film released on May 12, 2011 to very positive reviews.[9][10]

The film was screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival,[11] becoming the second Tamil film to be screened there after Kannathil Muthamittal (2002). In 2012, the film was honored with two National Film Awards for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Supporting Actor for Appukutty.

Plot[edit]

The story is set in a village called Mallayapuram near Theni. The villagers believe the Rain Gods will favour them after the annual Temple Festival (Thiruvizha), during which the deity is taken around the village on a wooden horse. They are in for a rude shock when the horse goes missing. At the same time, Azhagarsami, a youngster who earns his livelihood by ferrying loads on his horse in Aagamalai village in Periyakulam, gets ready for his marriage. His horse also goes missing, and his marriage is put on hold. Whether the villagers and Azhagarsami find their respective horses or not forms the rest of the story.[12]

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Kalaignar. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Critical reception[edit]

The film opened to very positive reviews. Rediff's Pavithra Srinivasan labelled the film as "brilliant" and "a must-watch for its unconventional story-line, protagonists and plot-points", giving it 3.5/5.[9] Sify's critic described the film as "good" that deserved a "viewing because films like this are hard and few to find in these days of mass masala", further citing that Suseenthiran had "come out with another beautiful feel good film that pulls at your heart strings."[13] A reviewer from Behindwoods gave the film 3/5, terming the film as "a charming and happy rural tale which is fairly engaging". The critic praised the film as a "simple heartwarming and realistic film" and one of those film "where content is the king" as well as the director "for having his heart at the right place and making the movie entirely realistic".[10]

The Hindu critic Malathi Rangarajan, too, gave a positive feedback, describing the film as an "innovative" and "interesting attempt" that stayed "within the format of commercial cinema even while steering clear of formula!"[14] Anupama Subramanian from Deccan Chronicle termed the film as a "simple, heartwarming and refreshing deviation from the mainstream mayhem [that] definitely warrants a watch", while giving it three out of five too.[15] Rohit Ramachandran of nowrunning.com gave it 3/5 stars stating that "Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai is an original satirical comedy that's well executed, thanks to a talented writer-director duo that's to be kept an eye on. You will walk out smiling."[16]

International screenings[edit]

The film is the only South Indian candidate to be selected for screening at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in the contemporary world cinema category.[17]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Soundtrack[edit]

Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai
Original CD Cover
Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 16 March 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 16:29
Label Sony Music
Producer Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Ayyan
(2011)
Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai
(2011)
Ponnar Shankar
(2011)

Following collaborations with V. Selvaganesh and Yuvan Shankar Raja, Suseenthiran worked with Ilaiyaraaja for the musical score of Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai.[18] The soundtrack album, consisting of only three songs, was released at a grand event on 16 March 2011 at Sathyam Cinemas, with several prominent celebrities participating, while Ilaiyaraaja himself launched the audio.[8] J. Francis Kiruba, Snehan and Yugabharathi have penned lyrics for each one song.

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Kuthikkira Kuthikkira"   J. Francis Kiruba Ilaiyaraaja  
2. "Adiye Ivale"   Snehan Thanjai Selvi, Snehan, Lenin Bharathi, Hemambika, Murugan, Iyyappan, Master Regan, Senthil Das, Anita  
3. "Poovakkelu"   Yugabharathi Karthik, Shreya Ghoshal  
Total length:
16:29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai To Gallop Soon". Behindwoods. 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ "The new darlings of Kollywood". Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Suseenthiran back with a bang". The Times Of India. 25 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gautham Menon chooses Ilayaraja -". Behindwoods. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Gautham to produce Suseendran film". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai to release this summer". In.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Gautham Menon Is Missing". Top 10 Cinema. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  8. ^ a b Movie Buzz (18 March 2011). "Ilayaraja launches ASK audio". Sify. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Review: Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai is brilliant". Rediff. 
  10. ^ a b "Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai Movie Review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  11. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 143. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  12. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (12 February 2011). "The Hindu: Arts / Cinema : Itsy-Bitsy". Chennai, India: The Hindu.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  13. ^ "Movie Review:Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai". Sify. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  14. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (14 May 2011). "Horsepower". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  15. ^ May 15, 2011 By Anupama Subramanian (2011-05-15). "A movie that canters to a good show". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  16. ^ "AzhagarSamiyin Kudhirai Review - Tamil Movie Review by Rohit Ramachandran". Nowrunning.com. 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  17. ^ "Tamil film selected for Toronto film festival". Chennai: NDTV. Retrieved August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai audio release on March 16". In.com. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-07.