Irumbu Thirai (2018 film)
|Directed by||P. S. Mithran|
|Written by||P. S. Mithran|
M. R. Pon Parthiban
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Cinematography||George C. Williams|
|Distributed by||Lyca Productions|
Krikes Cine Creations
|Box office||₹602 million|
Irumbu Thirai (English: Iron curtain) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language action techno thriller film directed by debutant P. S. Mithran. The film stars Vishal, Arjun Sarja, and Samantha Akkineni, with Yuvan Shankar Raja composing the soundtrack. Produced by Vishal Film Factory, the venture began production in October 2016. It is dubbed into Telugu as Abhimanyudu which was released on 1 June 2018. The film released worldwide on 11 May 2018. It received highly positive reviews and was a blockbuster at the box office.
Major Kathiravan is a military official who with the hope of resuming his job, is working on anger management issues under chief psychiatrist as Rathi Devi. Upon hearing his flashback, she counsels him to go to his village and spend time with his father & sister. As a proof, she orders him to upload a picture daily on social media. Kathiravan, who hates his father due to his habit of borowwing money , reluctantly does this and posts every picture on Facebook. Soon, he finds out about his sister's love affair and wants to get her married to the lover, but his sister orders Kathiravan to stay away from her personal zone as he was never a responsible brother. Kathiravan realizes his mistake and finds out the truth that his sister's future mother-in-law demands them to bear the marriage expenses which will cost around 10 lakhs totally. He promises to fulfill his sister wish.
Kathiravan returns to Chennai and tries applying for a loan in every bank. But to his dismay, it gets rejected everywhere. With the advice of his uncle, he takes his father to Chennai along with him and tries to get a loan in his father's name. They gets rejected everywhere as they don't have any financial security with them. To their surprise, they get approached by a man who claims to be a loan agent and tells them to forge documents stating that they are starting a Xerox cum computer shop business in Ambattur and that he will help them in getting the loan. In return, he demands only a cheque of INR 60,000 after the first due is over. Kathiravan initially refuses, but as his father urges him, he reluctantly agrees to the man's offer and submits all the original documents to him. The man helps them in obtaining a loan of 6 Lakhs INR.
Initially, Kathiravan is overjoyed and starts the marriage preparation. He gives the ATM card to his dad as it's in his name. His uncle teaches his father how to use ATM. Later on, when his father is unable to withdraw money due to insufficient balance, he informs Kathiravan who in turn is shell-shocked to know about the missing fund. He checks his dad's phone. To his surprise, no SMS was received on his phone regarding withdrawal from the bank. Kathiravan enquires to the bank staffs in a futile effort and as his father asks to borrow from another bank, he gets frustrated and scolds his father for making him do something illegal. Unable to bear the words, his father attempts suicide. In the hospital, Kathiravan comes to know that his father took debts to extend Kathiravan's sick mother life. He feels remorseful after hearing this and starts loving his father. On Rathi Devi's advice and with help of his teammates in the military campus he decides to the track down the culprit.
Kathiravan manages to apprehend and chase a loan agent who had similar terms to Kathiravan's loan agent in order to extradite some information. He gets a phone call from a mysterious number who tells Kathiravan to release him; He all details about Kathiravan and even threatens to release the private audio and video in his sister's phone on the Internet. Upon hearing this, Kathiravan gets shocked and decides to leave the agent who gets fatally hit by a van. The mysterious person is later revealed to be Sathyamoorthy aka The White Devil, a cyberterrorist and the kingpin of Dark Net and also known as the Digital Don with an aim to know the information of every person in the country. He runs an educational trust named Amara Jothi Institutions and cons people from all walks of life who are in need of money. Kathiravan fights an entire gang of his henchmen and further, through various methods, gets to know about the next victim conned by the same agent and confronts him. He also comes to know how White Devil blocked Bank messages with the help of hacking. When Kathiravan finally confronts Sathyamoorthy in a ceremony where he is about to be felicitated by UNICEF, the latter reveals his knowledge of the former following him since he was captured on a selfie posted on Facebook and attacks his sister through his strong networks. Sathyamoorthy also tells Kathiravan that he put 10 Lakhs to his account which was used by terrorist groups. Kathiravan afterwards is court martialed and is dismissed from his post. Still, with the help of Rathi Devi, he tracks and fights White Devil's henchmen. Through hacking, he transfers Tamil Nadu Police's Money into The White Devil's account. At a dock, the two finally engage in a fist fight. Sathyamoorthy burns the money thinking that it won't be repaid now but to his astonishment the money which he burnt belonged to the Minister whom he struck a deal with. All the people who were conned by Sathyamoorthy come to know about the theft through messages which have been unblocked. Kathiravan leaves Sathyamoorthy and then blends in with the crowd. Sathyamoorthy is arrested by the police but creates a new username named Dark Angel via his smart watch and giving an evil smile implying that he will return.
- Vishal as Major R. Kathiravan
- Arjun Sarja as Satyamoorthy / White Devil
- Samantha Akkineni as Dr. Rathi Devi
- Delhi Ganesh as Rangaswamy
- Sreeja Ravi as Kathir's mother
- Robo Shankar as Kathir's uncle
- Suman as ACP
- Kavithalaya Krishnan as Bank Manager
- Kaali Venkat as Gnanavel Raja
- Vivek Prasanna as Loan Collection Agent
- Vincent Asokan
- Madhusudhan Rao
- G. Marimuthu
- Mahanadi Shankar
- Abdool as Loan Agent
- Sathya NJ as Hacker
- Gemini Mani
- P. S. Mithran as Xerox Shop Owner (special appearance)
Vishal decided to fund and act in a venture directed by newcomer P. S. Mithran in August 2016, and subsequently signed on actress Samantha to play the leading female role in the film. In fact, the director wrote the antagonist's role for Arjun, but Arjun refused to act as antagonist. The team then signed Arya to play the antagonist in October 2016, with the actor accepting terms without hearing the film's entire script. Subsequently, music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinemataographer George C. Williams and editor Ruben were added to the project. Designers NJ Sathya and Neeraja Kona also were revealed to be in charge of the costumes of the lead actors for the film.
The film began production following a launch event in October 2016, with Vishal and Samantha shooting scenes alongside actors Robo Shankar and Delhi Ganesh for the first schedule. Arya later opted out of the film citing that he was not ready to play an antagonist in Tamil cinema,and subsequently the team brought in Arjun. Before getting Arjun on board, Mithran was in talks to get S. J. Surya and Fahadh Faasil the role but Surya chose Mersal and Fahadh chose Velaikkaran.
|1.||"Angry Bird"||Vignesh Shivan||Jithin Raj||2:05|
|2.||"Azhagae"||Vivek||Arun Kamath, Jonita Gandhi||4:05|
|3.||"Mudhal Murai"||Vivek||Jithin Raj||3:45|
|4.||"Yaar Ivan"||Kaber Vasuki||Kaber Vasuki||3:45|
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