Azhagiya Tamil Magan

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Azhagiya Tamil Magan
Azhagiya Tamizh Magan poster.jpg
Release Poster
Directed by Bharathan
Produced by Swargachitra Appachan
Written by Bharathan (Dialogue)
Screenplay by Bharathan
Story by S. K. Jeeva
Starring Vijay
Shriya Saran
Namitha
Santhanam
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Balasubramaniem
Edited by Anthony
Distributed by Pyramid Saimira
Release date
  • 8 November 2007 (2007-11-08)
Running time
176 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Azhagiya Tamil Magan (English: Handsome Tamil Son) also known by its initials ATM,[1] is an Indian 2007 Tamil psychological thriller film directed by Bharathan, written by S. K. Jeeva and produced by Swargachitra Appachan. The film stars actor Vijay in a double role for the first time in his career and first time play a villain role, while Shriya Saran, Namitha, and N. Santhanam play supporting roles. With cinematography by K. Balasubramaniam and editing by Anthony, the film's score and soundtrack is composed by A. R. Rahman. The film was dubbed in Malayalam with the same title, in Hindi as Sabse Bada Khiladi, and in Telugu as Maha Muduru.

The film revolves around an excelling athlete who has the ability to predict the future events. With his unique ability, he identifies several future events, including the attempted murder of his lover by a look-alike. The film was released on 8 November 2007 and distributed worldwide by Pyramid Saimira. The film was successful at the overseas box office, collecting $200,000 in 2007.[2] The film was an average grosser in the domestic box office.[3]

Plot[edit]

Gurumoorthi alias Guru (Vijay) is an MBA student and an athlete living in the suburban area of Chennai in Pallavaram. He participates in a state level running competition where he meets Shakthi (Sriman), who also participates in the competition. Guru understands that Shakthi needs to win the competition which will help him secure a job through sports quota as he is the only breadwinner for his family. Abinaya alias Abi (Shriya Saran) is the only daughter of the rich businessman Anand Chelliah (Ashish Vidyarthi) and is a friend of Shakthi’s sister. Abi challenges Guru that Shakthi will be the winner of the competition. Guru decides to run slowly so that Shakthi can become the winner. Later Abi understands that Guru has purposefully run slow behind Shakthi and starts liking his character. They become good friends and slowly love starts to blossom between the duo.

Suddenly, Guru visualizes a few bizarre incidents which also occur sometimes later. Guru consults a psychiatrist and he says that Guru suffers with a syndrome called Extra Sensory Perception alias ESP whereby he can get to know about certain future incidents. Guru worries that such thoughts disturb him mentally and he cannot live a peaceful life.

Guru and Abi’s parents get to know about their love and they plan to get the couple married. One day, Guru dreams of stabbing Abi and gets frightened that Abi will be killed by himself someday. So he decides to stay away from Abi for a few days and leaves to Mumbai without informing anyone. During the train journey, he sees Prasad (also Vijay), a billionaire businessman who is a Mumbai-based Tamilian, getting down in a station. Now Guru believes that it would be Prasad, his lookalike, who will stab Abi and follows the latter. But while crossing a road, Guru meets with an accident and gets hospitalized by the local people for a few days.

Meanwhile, Abi starts looking for Guru as he has not contacted her for a few days due to the argument before the interval. Now, Abi meets Prasad in a shopping mall and mistakes him for Guru. Abi talks to Prasad and takes him to her home. Prasad is a money minded womanizer, who was once born with a rich and wealthy lifestyle, only for it to end, when his parents died in a plane accident and their business partners took all the money away. Prasad understands that he has a lookalike and Abi has mistaken him as her lover. Prasad decides to utilize the opportunity and plan to get married to Abi, so that he can lead a corrupted lavish lifestyle, with the help of a corrupt jeweler named Sait (Sayaji Shinde), who is also his colleague and bestie.

Guru gets discharged from the hospital and tries to contact Abi. He also comes to Chennai to meet Abi at her house. Now everyone is shocked to see Guru and Prasad as they both look exactly similar and Abi is confused that who is really Guru. Prasad pretends as Guru and makes everyone believe. Guru's friends conduct a running race to find the real Guru, as Guru is an athlete, but as Guru is not well due to his accident in Mumbai, Prasad wins the race which makes Abi and his friends believe him as Guru. The next day, while Abi talks to Prasad, she finds that he misinterprets an event occurred before which makes her realize that he is Prasad who is with her and not Guru. She tries running away from Prasad while Prasad chases her. Guru fortunately comes to rescue Abi and tries to kill Prasad. But when Guru is about to stab Prasad, Abi accidentally pushes Prasad and gets stabbed by Guru.

Guru is shocked and Prasad beats up Guru and takes Abi with him. Prasad admits Abi in a hospital and again pretends as Guru. Abi believes again that Prasad is Guru. Abi tells that how come someone is try to taking away a girl who is in love with someone else and she says that Prasad must not have born to legitimate parents. Prasad realizes his cheap behaviour upon hearing this and confesses that he is Prasad and not Guru. Meanwhile, Guru also rushes to the hospital. Prasad apologizes to Guru and Abi and leaves the place. On the way, he meets Dhanalakshmi (Namitha), whom he met during his train journey to Chennai and raped her. But she happily announces that she is pregnant with twins and both unite. Hence the film shows us a happy ending.

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Soundtrack[edit]

Azhagiya Tamil Magan
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1 October 2007
Recorded

2007-2008

Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Star Music
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Sivaji: The Boss
(2007)
Azhagiya Tamil Magan
(2007)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
(2008)

The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman. "Ponmagal Vandaal" is a remix of the song of the same name from Sorgam (1970).[4]

Track # Song Singers Picturization Length Lyricist
1 "Ellappugazhum" A. R. Rahman Vijay 5:31 Vaali
2 "Ponmagal Vandaal" Mohammed Aslam, Ember Phoenix Vijay, Shriya 3:05 Alangudi Somu
3 "Nee Marilyn Monroe" Benny Dayal, Ujjayinee Roy Vijay, Namitha 6:14 Na. Muthukumar
4 "Valayapatti Thavile" Naresh Iyer, Ujjayinee Roy, Srimathumitha, Darshana KT Vijay, Shriya 5:44 Na. Muthukumar
5 "Kelamal Kaiyile" Sriram Parthasarathy, Saindhavi Vijay, Shriya 5:27 Thamarai
6 "Maduraikku Pogathadee" Benny Dayal, Archith, Darshana KT Vijay, Shriya 5:23 Pa. Vijay

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.Also the film crossed it's 150 days theatrical run in 14 centres

This film was an average grosser but commercial success

Critical reception[edit]

Sify stated "The highlight here is that there are two vijay's- a good guy and the bad guy. Director Barathan has tried out a new format, where both the hero and the villain entertain the audiences with howlarious moments, that brings the house down. Vijay makes it work and believable as he melds effortlessly from casual sang froid to utter seriousness. His terrific comic timing, his ability to mock and lampoon makes his performance absolutely knockout. In the negative character Prasad’s role, he is the veritable scene stealer. He has dubbed impressively modulating his voice for both the characters, and the way he dances in the introductory title song is amazing. No two ways about it, Vijay is the heart and soul of ATM and rated 4/5.[5][6] IndiaGlitz stated Azhagiya Tamil Magan banks heavily on Vijay's charm and performance, Vijay has lived up to the challenge created by the huge success of Pokkiri. He looks stylish and handsome with his dual role. He lights up the screen by his dynamic performance. Director Bharathan has exploited Vijay's strengths in dual role as well. He has provided a perfect family entertainer and rated 3/5 as well.[7]

Despite the lukewarm reception of the film and its average box office, Vijay and director Bharathan reunited nearly 10 years later with the film Bairavaa, which was got mixed critical response from critics but, became a commercial success at the box office.

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