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||₹200 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.
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Major Kathiravan (Vishal) is a military official who, with the hope of resuming his job, is working on anger management issues under chief psychiatrist Rathi Devi (Samantha Akkineni). Upon hearing his flashback, she counsels him to go to his village and spend time with his father (Delhi Ganesh) & sister (Darshana Rajendran). As a proof, she orders him to upload a picture daily on social media. Kathiravan, who hates his father due to his habit of borowing 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's 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 (Robo Shankar), 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 (Abdool) 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 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 is received on his phone regarding withdrawal from the bank. Kathiravan enquires the bank staff in a futile effort and as his father asks him if they could borrow money 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's (Sreeja Ravi) 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 tells him he knows all details about Kathiravan and even threatens to release the private audio and video of 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 (Arjun Sarja), 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 all the bank messages with the help of his henchmen hackers. 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 martialised and is dismissed from his post due to White Devil releasing an information on those who took loans using forged documents, including Kathiravan's, to the media. Still, with the help of Rathi Devi, he tracks and fights White Devil's henchmen. Through hacking, he transfers the 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 (Vincent Asokan) whom he struck a deal with. All the people who were conned by Sathyamoorthy come to know about the theft through messages sent by Kathiravan through WhatsApp, and they reach the dock. Kathiravan leaves Sathyamoorthy at the mercy of the crowd and then blends in with them. The affected people, including Kathiravan, soon get their money transferred back to their respective accounts and their bank messages get unblocked. Meanwhile, 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 / Dark Angel
- Samantha Akkineni as Dr. Rathi Devi
- Delhi Ganesh as Rangaswamy
- Sreeja Ravi as Kathir's mother
- Robo Shankar as Kathir's uncle
- Darshana Rajendran as Kathir's sister
- Suman as ACP
- Kavithalaya Krishnan as Bank Manager
- Kaali Venkat as Gnanavel Raja
- Vivek Prasanna as Loan Collection Agent
- Vincent Asokan as Minister
- 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.
|Irumbu Thirai / Abhimanyudu|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Length||17:39 / 18:01|
|Label||Think Music India|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
The soundtrack and background score features music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The songs were performed by relatively new singers.
|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|
|1.||"Angry Bird"||Krishna Kanth||Jithin Raj||2:05|
|3.||"Tholi Tholiga Tholakari"||Shreshta||Jithin Raj||4:07|
|5.||"Hey Ready"||Krishna Kanth||Naveen||3:59|
The album received positive reviews.
IndiaGlitz in its review noted "The album is a definite marker of Yuvan’s expertise with Athiradi, Yaar Ivan and Azhage. Playlist worthy"
Behindwoods in its review said "Irumbu Thirai album is mix of melodies and theme based songs that will work better with visuals"
Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the film were sold for ₹10.5 crore. The satellite rights of the film were sold to Zee Tamizh.Recently the telugu version of this movie 'Abhimanyudu' premiered on Gemini TV on Ganesha Chathurthi special and now the movie is available in SunNxt.
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