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Starring: Larencce, Lakshmi Rai, Padmapriya, Sandhya, Ramesh Kanna.
Direction: Simbu Devan
Music: G V Prakash
Production: AGS Entertainment
If you have been waiting for something truly different to hit the screens, then there won’t be a better time for you to be in theaters. It is a ‘Wild West’ meets ‘Tamil cinema’ moment this Friday as Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam (IKMS) makes it into theaters. We have enough and more reasons to get excited by this prospect. It has been 38 long years since Tamil cinema ventured into cowboy territory and it is being helmed by the man who has made a name for himself as one adept at satire and situational comedy. What that promises is a unique amalgam of action and comedy, something that is not so common on screen these days. We have seen comedy that borders on being violent (recount all those times when Vadivelu or Vivek has been beaten to pulp by a group of people) and we have also had action that has often ended up looking comical (the improbable gravity defying type), but IKMS holds the promise of mixing action and comedy in an entirely new manner.
  Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam

It is difficult to put one’s finger on the genre that this movie might belong to. For starters, since it is being directed by the man who created Imsai Arasan 23 am Pulikesi, we can look forward to generous doses of humor and satire. But, how can a ‘cowboy’ flick be devoid of action, especially the ‘guns, girls and horses’ type which we adored in Clint Eastwood starrers many years back. The cast throws a few clues; that humor is definitely going to be on top of the agenda for this film. We have Ilavarasu, M.S. Bhaskar, Vaiyapuri and Mouli. When such actors are in one movie, there is only one thing you can expect – rip-roaring laughter. There is also Nasser looking quite menacing, like a one-eyed jack, suggesting that he might be playing the ‘bad cowboy’. And, there are the three leading ladies, Padmapriya, Lakshmi Rai and Sandhya. It will be interesting to see what they get to do in a cowboy setting which is considered a male dominion. And of course, there is the most important part of any cowboy flick, the style. Gun flipping, horse riding, hat twirling etc… are all things that you would expect to see in IKMS. And, Simbudevan has got just the right man to do that. Talk of style in Kollywood and there is only one name that comes to mind, Superstar. Well, this guy is not Superstar, but he certainly did make Superstar look extra cool in the ‘Athiradee’ song of Sivaji. You can bet your money on Raghava Lawrence going all out with his style for this movie. It will also be very interesting to see what Manorama gets to do in a movie of this kind.

IKMS comes with a great many highlights. It is understood that with its cowboy theme, horse riding and stuff, it definitely has to be a period feel. There are no clues till now about where or when the story is set. The entire cast, right from Lawrence to Sandhya has undergone training in horse riding to look like real cowboys. The entire movie has been shot on sets, which is of course necessitated by the theme. And, the word is that MS Bhaskar has taken pains to develop and entirely new language which will be spoken by the tribals in the movie. It is not just gibberish and funny sounds that make no meaning. It is seriously a new language with a complete vocabulary; something along the lines of what James Cameron did while creating the Navi language for Avatar.

From what we have seen till now, the movie will also be a top notch technical effort. The producers have reportedly spared no expenses to get just the right feel for the movie. Music by G.V. Prakash is off the beaten path and looks to be apt for the kind of movie that IMS will be. All in all, IMS will be an experience and an experiment to be remembered. It is not often that a genre is revisited after a 38-year hiatus. Let the cowboys rule.
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