Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam

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Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam
Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam.jpg
Directed byChimbu Deven
Produced by
  • Kalpathi S.Aghoram
  • Kalpathi S.Ganesh
  • Kalpathi S.Suresh
Written byChimbu Deven
Starring
Music byOriginal songs:
G. V. Prakash Kumar
Background Score:
Sabesh-Murali
CinematographyAlagappan N
Edited byRaja Mohammad
Production
company
Release date
  • 7 May 2010 (2010-05-07)
Running time
140 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam (transl. The Iron Fort's Furious Lion) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language Western comedy film directed by Chimbu Deven, starring choreographer-turned-actor Raghava Lawrence, Padmapriya, Lakshmi Rai, and Sandhya in lead roles[1] alongside an ensemble supporting cast including Nassar, Sai Kumar, and M. S. Baskar. The film is a "western adventure comedy film" based on cowboy stories, which is set in the 19th century paying homages to many western films.[2] The film's shooting commenced in April 2009 and was released on 7 May 2010 to positive reviews.[3] In Tamil cinema, after the movie Ganga (1972) starring Jaishankar, this is a full length Western being taken after 38 years.The film comically highlights the current world politics.[4]

Plot[edit]

The town of Jayshankarapuram, home of Tamil-speaking cowboys, is ruled by a one-eyed tyrant named Kizhakku Kattai (Nassar) (literally translating to East Wood as in Clint Eastwood), who rules over other villages as well, and is always surrounded by his assistants: a cowgirl named Pakki (Lakshmi Rai) and an outlaw named Ulakkai (Sai Kumar). In order to free their town from Kattai's rule, Bilagiri James (Mouli), Dagelandi (Ilavarasu), Jada (Ramesh Khanna), and Viruma (Vaiyapuri) travel to a neighboring town, Holaypuram, to seek out a savior.

There, they encounter Singaram (Lawrence Raghavendra), a man with a noble heart who has been sentenced to death for duty negligence. The gang saves Singaram from execution and explains their situation. Singaram learns why he was chosen. The brave Singam (Lawrence Raghavendra) was the previous marshal of Jayashankarapuram who bore a striking resemblance to Singraam, and also was the only one who stood up to Kattai's tyranny. Singam disappeared under mysterious circumstances years ago, and the town was left defenseless.

Thus, Singaram is brought to the village and is passed off as Singam. Singaram learns to adapt to his new name, learning all the hero's skills and tricks. He wins the respect of the village seniors, which includes Paandu Paramu (Delhi Ganesh) and Keluthi Amma (Manorama). Soon, a girl named Baali (Padmapriya) falls for Singaram. He later surpasses the original hero's prowess, though initially, it is due to dumb luck. In between the hero's and the villain's camp is a Red Indian village where the tribals are pure vegetarians. With the introduction of this village, Athirikesa (M. S. Bhaskar), the leader of the tribal group, his father Rangula (Senthil), and his beautiful daughter Thumbi (Sandhya) are also introduced.

The villagers at Jayashankarapuram find a map that is hidden in their "MGR Timesquare", but it is only one half they have. They have to find the other half to hunt for treasure that is preserved and hidden somewhere far away. Unfortunately, Kattai has other plans. He negotiates a deal of freeing prisoners in exchange of the treasure. Do Singaram and the folks find the treasure?

Cast[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

  • The film features two fictional villages Jaishankarpuram and Ashokapuram which was named after Jaishankar and Ashokan who played the hero and villain in Ganga which was first of the Genere in India.
  • In the court sequence you will find Amitabh Bachchan's portrait instead of Gandhi paying homage to Sholay.
  • The antagonist's name, "Kilakku Kattai", literally translates to Eastwood, in reference to Clint Eastwood.
  • During their journey to get the treasure they find an ID card which has Indiana Jones's name on it.
  • In a sequence when the protagonist is explained about the village it said John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are founding fathers of this community.

Production[edit]

For the role of a cowboy, Raghava Lawrence grew his hair long and learnt horse riding.[5][6]

Soundtrack[edit]

All songs lyrics written by Vairamuthu.[7]

Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam
Soundtrack album by
Released2009
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Aayirathil Oruvan
(2010)
Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam
(2009)
Madrasapattinam
(2010)
Soundtrack is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar.
Title Singers
"Velaikkari Nee" MK Balaji, Ramya NSK, Bhargavi
"Nenjam Nenjam" G. V. Prakash Kumar, Harini, Sulabha
"Ilantamizha" Tippu
"War Theme" Rahul Nambiar
"Kanna Nee Ennai" Bombay Jayashri, Naveen Iyer, D.A. Srinivas
"Raaja Singham" Rahul Nambiar, Shakthisree Gopalan, Big Nikk
"Irumbukottai Murattu Singam" Theme

Release & reception[edit]

The film was dubbed into Telugu as Super Cowboy.[8]

Sify wrote "Hats off in cowboy style to writer and director Chimbudevan for doing such good research and bringing about authenticity to his plot and acknowledging great western legendary films of the 60?s and 70?s. But if only he had worked out a better script, it would have been a great fun ride".[9] Behindwoods wrote "Simbu Devan should certainly be applauded for giving the audience an all new experience and his hard work is palpable. On the flipside, he does not engage the audience completely and loses his grip on them on and off. There are times when the film appears outright childish. The screen play meanders a while and there is a jump of genre here and there".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sandhya is Lawrence's heroine!". Sify. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Chimbudevan's cowboy film starts". Sify. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Chimbudevan directs a new cowboy film in Tamil". Rediff.
  4. ^ "'Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam', a family film". News18.
  5. ^ https://www.sify.com/movies/ikms-audio-launched-in-style-news-tamil-kkfrgOfabiasi.html
  6. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/Spaghetti-Eastern/article16892966.ece
  7. ^ https://gaana.com/album/irumbu-kottai-murattu-singam
  8. ^ "Super Cowboy Review - Lawrence, Sandhya, Super Cowboy Telugu Movie Review ,Telugu movie review, Telugu cinema - 123telugu.com - Andhra Pradesh News and Views". www.123telugu.com.
  9. ^ https://www.sify.com/movies/irumbu-kottai-murattu-singam-review--pclx8Ugdhjhhe.html
  10. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-reviews/reviews-2/irumbu-kottai-murattu-singam-lawrence.html

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