|Based on||Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai by Bhaskar Sakthi|
|Produced by||P. Madhan|
|Edited by||Kasi Viswanathan|
|Distributed by||Cloud Nine Movies|
Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (transl. Azhagarsami's Horse) is a 2011 Tamil-language mystery comedy drama film directed by Suseenthiran, based on the short story of the same name penned by writer Bhaskar Sakthi. The film stars Appukutty and Saranya Mohan in lead and features music by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was initially reported to be jointly produced by Gautham Vasudev Menon's Photon Kathaas and Escape Artists Motion Pictures. but was then produced by the latter only, while Cloud Nine Movies would distribute film. The film released on 12 May 2011 to critical acclaim but commercially did average collections.
The film was screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, 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.
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.
- Horse as Agamalai Appu
- Appukutty as Azhagarsami
- Saranya Mohan as Rani
- Inigo Prabakaran as Ramakrishnan
- Advaitha as Devi
- Soori as Chandran
- Aruldoss as Rajaram
- Yogi Devaraj as Rani's father
- Azhagan Tamizhmani
- Krishnamoorthy as Priest
- Supergood Subramani as Priest
The film was made in 90 days on a budget of ₹5.85 crore (worth ₹14 crore in 2021 prices).
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. 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." 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".
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!" 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. 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."
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.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||16 March 2011|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
Following collaborations with V. Selvaganesh and Yuvan Shankar Raja, Suseenthiran worked with Ilaiyaraaja for the musical score of Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai. 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.
|1.||"Kuthikkira Kuthikkira"||J. Francis Kiruba||Ilaiyaraaja||5:55|
|2.||"Adiye Ivale"||Snehan||Thanjai Selvi, Snehan, Lenin Bharathi, Hemambika, Murugan, Iyyappan, Master Regan, Senthildass Velayutham, Anita||5:19|
|3.||"Poovakkelu"||Yugabharathi||Karthik, Shreya Ghoshal||5:21|
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- 2011 films
- Indian mystery comedy-drama films
- 2010s mystery comedy-drama films
- Films based on short fiction
- Films featuring a Best Supporting Actor National Film Award-winning performance
- Films directed by Suseenthiran
- Films scored by Ilaiyaraaja
- 2010s Tamil-language films
- Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment National Film Award winners
- 2011 comedy films
- 2011 drama films