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|Directed by||R. Ajay Gnanamuthu|
|Produced by||C. J. Jayakumar|
|Written by||Pattukkottai Prabakar (Dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||R. Ajay Gnanamuthu|
|Story by||R. Ajay Gnanamuthu|
|Music by||Hiphop Tamizha|
|Cinematography||R. D. Rajasekhar|
|Edited by||Bhuvan Srinivasan|
Cameo Films India
Imaikkaa Nodigal (lit. Blinkless Seconds) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language romantic thriller film starring Nayanthara, Atharvaa, Raashi Khanna and Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap in the lead roles. The film is written and directed by R. Ajay Gnanamuthu with music composed by Hiphop Tamizha, cinematography done by R. D. Rajasekhar, edited by Bhuvan Srinivasan and produced by C. J. Jayakumar. It is a situational story focalizing on how an unknown person named Rudra gets trapped by an intelligent CBI officer for the series of murders attempted by him.
The film was released on 30 August 2018.
A serial killer (Anurag Kashyap) is disrupting peace in the city of Bangalore. He goes by the name of the highly notorious serial killer Rudra, who was announced dead 5 years ago. However,he insists that he isn't dead and announces that he is now back in action. Adding more to the clues, the killer follows the same modus operandi as the old Rudra,(which involves injecting anti-clotting substances into the body before cutting the jugular veins of the victim,letting him/her bleed to death). While CBI refuse to believe his stories, he challenges them on air by announcing his next targets. The highly efficient CBI Officer Mrs. Anjali Vikramadithyan(Nayanthara),who dealt with the earlier case of Rudra has been appointed to deal with him. She firmly believes that he is just another psychotic copy cat killer and she promises to stop his deadly actions.
Arjun(Atharvaa), brother of Anjali Vikramadithyan is in Chennai and he is facing a rough phase in his relationship. He travels to Bangalore to meet his girlfriend Krithika (Raashi Khanna) and somehow he enters the deadly scene between Rudra and Anjali. The cat and mouse game gets too intense when Arjun is brought into the game by Rudra.
Now, how Arjun and Anjali stop the psychotic Rudra forms the remaining story which is loaded with lots of twists and turns. When Arjun finds out that ACP Martin is the new Rudra and he is trying to kill Krithika, Arjun tries to protect her and fights with Martin. And at the end of the fight Martin reveals that he is not the actual Rudra and that Rudra was none other than his own sister Anjali Vikramadithyan. When Arjun asks about this to Anjali she reveals her past and the death of her husband Vikramadithyan (Vijay Sethupathi). He died in an accident caused by four youngsters who were fully drunk. To avenge her husband's death, Anjali became a serial killer, calling herself Rudra and kills the four men and finally kills the last one and declares him as Rudra and closes the case. Arjun now realises the situation. Arjun and Anjali both together try to stop ACP Martin who is behind the new Rudra.
- Nayanthara as Anjali Vikramadithyan, (voice over by Deepa Venkat )
- Atharvaa as Dr. Arjun
- Raashi Khanna as Krithikka Rao,Arjun's love interest (voice over by Raveena Ravi)
- Anurag Kashyap as ACP Martin Roy (voice over by Magizh Thirumeni)
- Ramesh Thilak as Vinoth, Arjun's friend
- Manasvi Kottachi as Shalini Vikramadhithyan - Anjali's daughter
- Devan as Narayan Gowda
- Uday Mahesh as Mr. Gowda
- Vijay Sethupathi as Vikramadhithyan aka Vikram - Anjali's husband (special appearance)
- Abishek Raaja as Surya (special appearance)
In May 2016, Ajay Gnanamuthu, who had previously made the successful horror film Demonte Colony agreed to work on a new film starring Atharvaa in the lead role. Initially reported to be a "romantic-thriller", it was revealed that the film was initially supposed to be made as the director's debut was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Thereafter, Jayakumar of Cameo Films agreed to finance the venture and revealed that the shoot would begin during September 2016. For the technical crew, R. D. Rajasekhar was selected as the cameraman, Selvakumar as the art director, Pattukottai Prabhakar as the dialogue writer and Poorthi Pravin as the costume designer. Only Bhuvan Srinivasan was retained as the film editor, continuing his association with the director. Meanwhile, Hiphop Tamizha was selected to be the music composer, while the film was titled as Imaikka Nodigal during September 2016.
The team signed actress Nayanthara to play the lead role in the project, as Gnanamuthu was looking for a "strong female protagonist", and after hearing the script, the actress immediately agreed to be a part of the venture. She's playing as elder sister of Atharvaa. For a further role, the team were on the lookout for a "pan-Indian actor" considering Prabhu Deva, Gautham Menon and Anurag Kashyap for the character and the latter was signed to do antagonist's role. The voice for Anurag was dubbed by director Magizh Thirumeni. Raashi Khanna was also signed on to portray another character in the film, appearing as Atharvaa's love interest and it has been confirmed that Vijay Sethupathi will be seen playing 15-minute extended cameo role as Nayanthara's husband. Actor Kottachi's daughter, Manasvi, was casted as Nayanthara's daughter.
Filming took place in Bangalore. In December 2016, Imaikkaa Nodigal became the first film to be shot inside the underground tunnel stretch of the Namma Metro. Filming took place after metro services ceased at 10 PM. According to Jayakumar, "The script of the film demanded shooting in various places of Bengaluru.
The crew have been shooting in the city for the last 25 days. In the metro tunnel stretch, and shot scenes for two nights." A cycle fight featuring Atharvaa. Lee Hon Yiu, a Cycle stunt specialist from Hong Kong, was brought down to work on this cycle stunt choreographed by 'Stun' Siva.
Filming ended on 17 December 2017.
|Soundtrack album by Hiphop Tamizha|
|Released||27 June 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Hiphop Tamizha chronology|
|Singles from Imaikkaa Nodigal|
The musical score and songs featured in the film are composed by Hiphop Tamizha Adhi and the lyrics are by Kabilan Vairamuthu, Mohanrajan and Hiphop Tamizha himself. The album was released on 27 June 2018 alongside the film's trailer, got much appreciated and was highly successful.
The first single from the film has been released 6 October 2017, titled as Kadhalikathey, sung by Hiphop Tamizha and Kaushik Krish. Another single Vilambara Idaivelai sung by Christopher Stanley, Sudharshan Ashok, Srinisha Jayaseelan, Hiphop Tamizha was released on 5 March 2018.
|1.||"Kadhalikathey"||Hiphop Tamizha||Hiphop Tamizha and Kaushik Krish||03:22|
|2.||"Vilambara Idaiveli"||Kabilan Vairamuthu||Christopher Stanley, Sudarshan Ashok, Srinisha Jayaseelan and Hiphop Tamizha||04:33|
|3.||"Neeyum Naanum Anbe"||Kabilan Vairamuthu||Raghu Dixit, Sathyaprakash, Jithin Raj||04:45|
|4.||"Kadhal Oru Aagayam"||Mohanrajan||Teejay and Al-Rufian||02:41|
|5.||"Lion vs Hyenas"||R Ajay Gnanamuthu||Magizh Thirumeni||02:58|
|6.||"Rudra’s Symphony"||Hiphop Tamizha||02:55|
|7.||"Imaikkaa Nodigal (Title Track)"||Hiphop Tamiza||Sanjith Hegde||02:55|
Imaikkaa Nodigal was released on 30 August 2018.
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