Nagesh Thiraiyarangam

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Nagesh Thiraiyarangam
Nagesh Thiraiyarangam.jpg
Directed by Mohamad Issack
Produced by Rajendra M. Rajan
Punitha Rajan
Written by Mohammad Issack
Starring Aari
Ashna Zaveri
Masoom Shankar
Music by Srikanth Deva
Cinematography E. J. Nauzad
Edited by S. Devaraj
Production
company
Transindia Media & Entertainment Private Limited
Release date
  • February 16, 2018 (2018-02-16)
Country India
Language Tamil

Nagesh Thiraiyarangam (English: Nagesh Theatre) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language horror drama film produced by Rajendra M. Rajan and Punitha Rajan for Transindia Media & Entertainment Private Limited and directed by Mohamad Issack. The film features Aari, Ashna Zaveri and Masoom Shankar in the lead roles, while Latha, Sithara and Kaali Venkat, amongst others, play important roles.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The film was released across Tamil Nadu on 16 February 2018.

Plot[edit]

Nagesh a.k.a. Naga (Aari) is an honest yet unsuccessful real estate broker who lives with his mother (Sithara), younger brother (Abhilash), and sister (Athulya Ravi) who is deaf and dumb. He meets Himaja (Ashna Zaveri), and they fall in love. Things go fine for Naga and his family until there comes a situation where he has to sell his ancestral property - a dilapidated movie theater, to conduct his sister's wedding. Naga and his friend Kaala (Kaali Venkat) travel to another town to sell the theater. Due to a small accommodation problem, they end up spending the night at the theater.

Over the next few days of their stay, Naga and Kaala experience several paranormal activities around them, and all their attempts to bring prospective buyers go futile. Naga also starts having weird dreams every night in which random people are murdered and wakes up to the news daily that those people are dead in real life. Confused and frustrated, he seeks help from different godmen to find what is wrong, but nothing works out. Meanwhile, a local politician comes to know that the people being murdered mysteriously are none other than his henchmen and his close associates. He finds there is something abnormal about all these murders and consults with a Nambudiri who tells that a malevolent spirit from the theater is causing all this mayhem and that they have to perform an exorcism. Paranormal occurrences keep happening around Naga, and he discovers that the spirit tries to take him to a well inside the premises. Himaja tells him about her own paranormal vision of a murder and how she felt an apparition near her while she was on video chat with Naga and he had slept off. She isn't able to positively identify since she closed her eyes out of fear. But since Naga had recorded the video chat, he watches it only to find it was he who appears in the video and realizes he is the one behind all those murders and hence the dreams. Naga soon prepares himself to face the spirit directly and asks for answers when the spirit reveals itself to be a woman and an old acquaintance to Naga.

Tamilselvi (Masoom Shankar) is a social activist who is popular on Facebook for her honest articles about the society's wrongdoings. She lives with Dr. Shakunthala (Latha), who runs a small orphanage with a few children and provides free medical services to the underprivileged. Naga was the real estate broker who helped them find a house. It so happens that a bigger orphanage lends a helping hand to Shakunthala, with the promise of taking few kids from her orphanage and providing better education and a future. She and Tamilselvi entrust an early teen girl to them and send her off but soon receive a call from her that she and many other children have been kept hostage in a bungalow. Tamilselvi gets a ride from Naga and sets out to investigate and rescue the kids. She is horrified to find that the politician is making a deal with a foreign corporate company for exporting unlimited human blood, for them to extract blood plasma and use it for various cosmetic purposes, thereby commercializing it. The politician is making use of the orphan children's blood to achieve this target, and the local police officer is his aide. The girl from Shakunthala's orphanage is raped by the police officer, all her blood is drawn by doctors for plasma, and she is killed. Tamilselvi records all of this and tries to escape with Naga's help. Naga is oblivious to all the danger she might be in and drops her home. But she is captured and attacked by the politician's henchmen at the abandoned theater and is thrown into the well when she is still alive and is left there to die. All the evidences Tamilselvi collected for Facebook is destroyed, and Shakunthala is killed.

Tamilselvi's spirit has been waiting for revenge since then and when she realizes Naga is back in the theater, she makes use of his tiny paper cut wound to possess him through blood contact, and that is how she had murdered all those men who helped the politician. Meanwhile, the politician and Nambudiri perform an exorcism at the theater, and it is here that Naga is dismayed to learn his brother is also a part of the politician's team as a doctor that draws all the blood. A fight ensues, and a possessed Naga tries to kill his brother and the politician but is subdued by Nambudiri's mantras. Tamilselvi is enraged and uses blood contact with Naga's brother's bleeding wound and possesses him instead. She makes him kill the politician and himself. Now that she is avenged, Tamiselvi's spirit leaves the theater. Naga and his family are finally able to live in peace.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Issack, who had earlier worked on Agadam, was fascinated by the legacy of Nagesh Theatre which was later converted into a marriage hall.[7] He weaved the Theatre along with a story of a real estate agent getting suffocated in the real estate business into a potential script, and Transindia Media & Entertainment Private Limited decided to produce the project. Sri was signed as the music director while M. S. Prabhu and S. Devaraj were signed as cinematographer and editor respectively.[8][9] Umadevi was signed as one among the lyricists of the film, along with Thamarai, Murugan Manthiram and newcomer Jagan Set.[10]

Issack directing Aari in a scene

Aari was cast as the leading man along with comedian Kaali Venkat.[11] Actors Bharath, Aadhi and Kalaiyarasan were also considered for the lead role, before Aari was finalised. Actress Ashna Zaveri was signed to play the leading lady, after the team had earlier considered either Pranitha Subhash or Nikki Galrani for the same role.[12][13][14] Veteran actress Latha was also signed to play a pivotal role.[15][16] Mumbai model Masoom Shankar was selectedto make her debut in Tamil cinema with the film, while former lead actress Sithara was also added to the team. Veteran actress Bhanupriya had earlier been also considered for the role signed by Sithara.[17][18][19][20] Chithra Lakshmanan, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan, Rams, Madhan Bob, Risha and Muthuraman were also signed to play important roles. Choreographer Roberts and actress Sonam Singh were signed to perform a dance sequence. Malayalam actor Anil Murali, Abhilash and Florent Pereira are also doing important roles.

The principal photography of the film started from October 6, 2016 after the photosession of the film that happened a month before. A lengthy schedule started from February 3, 2017 at Tindivanam that lasted for three weeks. Lead actor Aari's mother expired on 24 February, but he stayed to complete his entire portion as it was the final day of schedule before leaving to Pazhani for his mother's funeral.[21] The film's first look poster was released by Tamil film directors Ameer and Karu Pazhaniappan on lead actor Aari's birthday, and the teaser of the film was released by actor Rajinikanth on 30 March 2017.[22][23][24]

Controversy[edit]

On 30 June 30, 2017, actor Anand Babu filed a case in the Chennai High Court against the makers of the film seeking a ban as they did not obtain permission to use the name of his father, actor Nagesh, in the title. Nagesh had also built and run the Nagesh Theater at T. Nagar. The judges accepted the case and ordered notice to be sent to producer, director and Vishal, the chief of Tamil Film Producers Council.[25][26][27][28][29][30] The plea of Anand Babu was later rejected by Madras High Court as Justice C. V. Karthikeyan permitted the producers to go ahead with the Tamil title but restrained them from using the actor name Nagesh either independently or as Nagesh Theatre.[31][32][33]

Anand Babu again filed a petition in the Madras High Court during February 2018 to stop the film from hitting the screens on the scheduled date. Since the judge found nothing objectionable nor misleading of Nagesh or Nagesh Theatre, the permission was given by court to release the film as per plan, but with the following conditions: the production company was asked to deposit 20 Lakhs in the Court, a slide carrying a message that the film has no connections with Nagesh or Nagesh Theatre had to be inserted before the title card, and such a message was to be attached or placed in all the newspaper advertisements for the film.[34]

Soundtrack[edit]

Nagesh Thiraiyarangam
Film score by Sri
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 15:28
Label SS Music Audio

The songs are sung by Jagadeesh Kumar, Shashaa Tirupati, Anitha Karthikeyan, Gana Bala, Jithesh, Chinmayi and actress Remya Nambeesan for the music composed by Sri for the lyrics of Thamarai, Umadevi, Murugan Manthiram and Jegan Set.[35] The audio rights was acquired by SS Music Audio, an offshoot of the music television channel SS Music.[36] The songs were released on February 2 at Suryan FM 93.5 station.[37] Director Pa. Ranjith released the lyrical video of the song Unga Appakitta Pesala....[38]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Kangal Rendum"ThamaraiJagadeesh Kumar, Shashaa Tirupati4:42
2."Vaadi Vaadi"Murugan ManthiramGana Bala, Anitha Karthikeyan4:02
3."Unga Appakitta Pesala"Jegan SetJithesh, Remya Nambeesan3:45
4."Kadhal Nilaithane"UmadeviChinmayi3:46

Release[edit]

Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the film were valued at 2 crore.[39]

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