Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan
|Indralohathil Na Azhagappan|
Indralogathil Na Azhagappan Theatrical Movie Poster
|Directed by||Thambi Ramiah|
|Produced by||Manickam Narayanan|
|Written by||Thambi Ramiah|
Shriya Saran (Cameo)
Seventh Channel Productions
|Running time||156 minutes|
Indralohathil Na Azhagappan is a periodical comedy film directed by Thambi Ramiah, who directs his second feature film after Manuneethi. After the success of Vadivelu's debut film as the protagonist in Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi, Ramiah signed him up for the project.
Apart from Vadivelu, the rest of the cast had been announced after the launch. Despite several indications that two prominent actress, would portray the lead female roles; a debutant, Yamini Sharma and Suja were selected. Nassar, Sumithra and the director himself, play supporting roles, while prominent heroine, Shriya Saran, was recruited to act as a ghost buster and dance in a single song. The film released on 1 February 2008 to largely negative reviews.
Azhagappan (Vadivelu) is a member of a theatre group. One fine day an unlikely visitor from the heavens stumbles upon him and almost falls for him. The beautiful trio of the heaven – Ramba, Thilothama, and Urvashi – comes to the earth to enjoy its “beauty”. While the others get back to where they belong to at the right time, Ramba (plays by Suja) loses her track and gets into trouble. Vadivelu accidentally helps her to go back to the heaven. She gets him to the heaven during the night and sends him back to the earth early in the morning.
Frequenting to the heaven and the hell gives Azhagappan an idea of what is happening in the other world. He is not serious about his rare opportunity to see the Devendran (king of all deities – played by Vadivelu) and the deities but the death of a neighboring child changes everything. He takes thing seriously and wants to teach a lesson to the deity of death (Yama Dharma Raja – played by Vadivelu again).
Vexed with the death and the ways human beings are treated with in the hell, Azhagappan decides to tamper with the process of life and death. He wants to tamper with the laws of the gods. The gods get angry and Azhagappan pays the price. Comedy turns into tragedy, as he is transformed into a 90 year old whom even his mother (Sumithra) cannot recognize and Rambha is cursed to become a formless soul. Naradha (Nasser), as usual, makes amends to bring up the climax. Devendran seeks Brihaspathi's counsel and a way to relieve both Azhagappan and Rambha from their curses is born. How this happens even though Yama tries his best to stop it from happening forms the rest of the climax.
- Vadivelu as Indra/Yamaraja/Na. Azhagappan
- Yamini Sharma as Rambha
- Nassar as Naradha
- Shriya Saran as Pidiaratha
- Thambi Ramiah as Chitragupta
Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan carried great expectations after success of Vadivelu's previous film, which was a blockbuster. Early reports indicated that Vadivelu was set to play 9 different roles, but soon after, Ramiah, confirmed Vadivel will portray three roles as the characters of Gods: Indra, Yamaraja and the role of a normal man, Na. Azhagappan.
Unlike the male lead's role, the female lead's role took longer to confirm. Prominent actresses Shilpa Shetty became heavily linked to the project, however, after joing the Celebrity Big Brother household, she refused the role. Simran Bagga, a leading actress in the early 2000s, attempting a comeback was also considered as well as Vadivelu's previous heroine Tejashree. Eventually the roles went to Yamini Sharma and Suja. Other members of the cast announced at the time were Nassar, Sumithra, the director himself Thambi Ramiah and another prominent director, Raj Kapoor.
Furthermore, surprisingly Shriya Saran, a top actress in South India was recruited to play the role of a ghost buster named Pidiaratha in a cameo role as well as feature in a single song titled, Mallika Sherawata? Marilyn Monroea?.
Release and Reception
The movie released on 1 February 2008 and the hype around the movie slowly started as this was Vadivelu's second film in which he starred as the hero. After a few days this movie was declared a flop mainly.