Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi
|Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi|
|Produced by||S. Shankar|
|Cinematography||Arthur A. Wilson|
|Editing by||Sasi Kumar|
|Distributed by||S Pictures|
|Running time||130 minutes|
|Box office||16 crore|
Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi (English: The King of Torture, Pulikesi the 23rd) is a 2006 Tamil historical comedy film directed by Chimbudeven. The film stars Vadivelu in his first lead role alongside Monica, Tejashree, Manorama, Nassar and Nagesh. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Sabesh-Murali. The film was produced and distributed by Tamil film director S. Shankar. It was the first historical film after 28 years since Maduraiyai Meeta Sundra Pandiyan. The film emerged a high commercial success.
The film was dubbed into Telugu as Himsinche 23 Va Raju Pulikesi. Brahmanandam dubbed for Vadivelu.
Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi is a comical satire on the Machiavellian politics practiced in the late 18th century. The film is laced with references to present-day happenings in politics, sports and other areas.
In a faraway South Indian kingdom of Cholapuram Paalayam the ruler (Nagesh) and queen (Manorama) are longing for a child, as all their 22 children have died at birth. Little do they know that the queen’s brother Rajaguru Sangilimaayan (Nassar) is behind the death of their children, as he wants to be the next ruler. But when the palace astrologer predicts that the 23rd child will be a dimwit, Rajaguru is happy. But the queen gives birth to twins; the smarter one (according to the astrologer's instructions) is ordered to be killed while the dimwit survives.
The child is named 23 am Pulikesi (Vadivelu) and he grows up to be the new king after the king's death. Pulikesi is a weak, hedonistic bully with grandiose delusions and is a puppet in the hands of the Rajaguru, who colludes with the British to loot the state. Meanwhile, the other child is adopted by the palace doctor (Venniradai Moorthy) and his wife, a childless couple and he grows up to be Ukrabuddhan (Vadivelu), an educated young man and a patriot with a lofty vision for his country. Ugrabuddhan tries to kill Pulikesi, but when Ugran sees him he realizes that Pulikesi is his twin brother. Soon Ugrabuddhan comes to know about his past and to save the land from Rajguru and British, he replaces Pulikesi as the king. He joins hands with Thalapathi (Sreeman), brings new reforms, exposes Rajaguru and saves the land from the British.
- Vadivelu as King Pulikesi XXIII and Ukraputhan
- Monica as Vasantha Soundari
- Tejashree as Soolaayini
- Nassar as Raja Guru Sangilimaayan (Pulikesi's Uncle)
- Manorama as Bavani ammaiyar
- Nagesh as Raja Mokkaiyappar
- Ilavarasu as Minister Manguni Pandiyan
- Sreeman as Commander Agandamuthu
- Thyagu as King Vallavaraayan
- Singamuthu as Poet Palapathra Onandi
- V. S. Raghavan as Palace Doctor
- Manobala as Sword Maker
- Muthu Kaalai as Messenger Vaadakodaari
- Venniradai Moorthy
- M. N. Rajam
- Halwa Vasu as Prisoner
- Laksha in a Special Appearance
- Nanditha in a Special Appearance
The film was shot in 73 days. It was filmed in Tamil Nadu around Chennai, Thiruvanamalai and Kumili.All the actors went on a rigorous training in horse riding and sword fighting. Nearly 80 percent of the film was shot in studios. Every single shot was planned and story boarded during the pre production work.
The soundtrack features five songs composed by Sabesh-Murali with lyrics written by Pulavar Pulamaipithan.
|"Aah Aadivaa"||Manicka Vinayagam, Binni Krishnakumar, Saindhavi, Kovai Kamala, Vadivelu|
|"Panju Methai Kaniyae"||Krishnaraj, Swarnalatha|
|"Aasai Kanniye"||Naresh Iyer, Kalyani|
|"Vanam Namakul"||T. L. Maharajan|
Was a milestone in Tamil cinema. Produced on a budget of 4 crores, the film was a commercial success, grossing 16 crores at the box office. The film also received critical acclaim for its comedy and for Vadivelu's performance. The film was critically praised for conveying social messages through comedy. Moreover, the film was celebrated as children's movie. Pulikesi's moustache was offered free in the theatres for the kids. Simailar to the Salvador Dalí's moustache, Pulikesi's moustache became popular in Tamil Nadu.
- Best Actor Comedy - Filmfare Award
- Best Costume - Tamil Nadu State Award
- Best Makeup - Tamil Nadu State Award
- Best Film 2006 - Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers - Artist Association
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