Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam

Among all the genres in tamil cinema that have been tried, tested, put in the washing machine and spin dried, the one that has got the least...

Among all the genres in tamil cinema that have been tried, tested, put in the washing machine and spin dried, the one that has got the least attention in the recent past has been undoubtedly the "western". While the 70's and the 80's saw plenty of these movies (Most notable and badass Tamil cowboy being JaiShankar, who continued to win hearts among the next generation and the generations to come through notable performances like "that dance" in the film Arunachalam), the recent decade didn't see any kind of Cowboy movie - in fact I think the last pseudo Tamil Western that hit the screens was Rajnikanth's Murattu Singam   Kaalai (Correct me if I'm wrong Thank you!).




IKMS does not attempt to be a genuine western. That is probably the movie's biggest advantage as well as it's biggest handicap. There is a lot of spoofing and a lot of irreverence - and that's not a bad thing, just that it doesn't make you want to take the movie seriously in the parts that it wants to make a statement.

The movie traces the story of Singaram, a pseudo simpleton who is kidnapped by a group of men from the next village because he is a spitting image of their local hero Singam, who had disappeared some years back. Due to Singam's disappearance, the bad guys from Irumbu Kottai are wreaking havoc. Singaram's transformation into Singam pretty much forms the rest of the story.

But the movie does have its moments - if you're a Curry Western fan like me, you'd enjoy ticking off each reference in the movie - from Asokan to Major Sundarrajan (There is even a scene where they chance upon an ID card belonging to "Mr.Jones" in an abandoned cave) and even if you aren't, you'd enjoy it anyway.

MS Bhaskar as the 'Pure Vegetarian' Indian chief Athrikesa and his translator Swaminathan (from Crazy Mohan's drama troupe) are particularly hilarious. The star cast in the movie is very heavy duty - apart from director Mouli, there is Nasser, Senthil (yes, THE Senthil), Manoramma, Delhi Ganesh, Padma Priya, Lakshmi Rai and Sandhya (of Kaadhal fame. Somehow, saying 'kaadhal sandhya' just sounds so...wrong). But even the star ensemble does not prevent disappointment during the last one hour, when the movie shifts tracks from epic to epic-fail. Chimbudevan clearly allowed his enthusiasm for the genre to take over and end result, he completely ruins the movie for the audience. There was a point in time during the last one hour when I actually wanted to bolt from the theatre notwithstanding the ticket cost or the fact that I'd be abandoning the company I was with.

Thankfully, my patience prevailed.

IKMS, for me, was a movie with so much potential - If only Chimbudevan hadn't got carried away, it may have well been the movie of the summer. Do give the movie a watch if you are a Curry Western fan and/or have a bit of extra time to spare.

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21 comments

  1. i saw shrek today it was like ok and m only glad that the sequels r finally over...tried, tested, put in the washing machine and spin dried ( er hope u dont sue me for picking up ur words) this wat they hv done to the movie..IKMS was nice time pass..

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  2. Try badmaash company if you want to see "a movie" that's got lot shahid kapur and OK storyline.

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  3. got to watch it though most claim its rather a mokkai singam..but u missed QG murgan..tat movie started tis western trend..even tat movie too got carried away wit the silly jokes they find hillarious..think the directors here hav to still watch more english spoof movie dvds to get entertaining..

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  4. i liked this one better than Quick Gun Murugan... that one was a parody, meant for western/maarvadi eyes, while this one is a tribute, meant for those of us who've grown up watching ingleesh padam as well as tamizh cowbaai padams.

    i think the thalaivar film you are talking about is murattu kaaLai?

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  5. The first 30min of IKMS was quite racy, with rapid plot/character development with references to indian westerns... a genre that i wikied for quite a while after the movie. Faster than the shadow was an intelligent joke on the hyperboles that a hero is typically associated with. Having taken the spoof approach, rare heroism from Singam insults the audience's intelligence, something i tolerated because of the comedy. For a spoof movie, IKMS becomes a drag at times. Most jokes were excellent, but assuming a script can be composed of a set of jokes with a heroic climax is amateurism that tamil cinema hasn't broken away from.

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  6. M.S Baskar and Swaminathan were damn good. But over tall the movie could have been a lot better and shorter

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  7. oh chutney, oru short break poitu varradhukulla 400 followers and all! congrats! :-) looks like i have lot to catch up.. :D

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  8. I agree, the last one hour/45mts is disastrous, until that part the movie was hilarious...a great relief from Vijay's formula movies.
    Chimbudevan's climax-Mannichuuuuuuuuuuuuu...

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  9. I haven't seen too many Tamil films (need to find dubbed or subtitled versions) but as a fan of westerns this sounds interesting, especially since there are so many really bad copy paste versions in existence that take themselves so seriously it's painful. Nice review :)

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  10. saw jeyashankar's chimp dance thanks to ur link..poor guy made to dance lik tis all..

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  11. The most awesome western in Tamil Cinema is an old Rajinikanth starrer "Thaai Meedhu Sathyam" (1978) replete with superstar in cowboy attire, horses, mexican standoffs, salloons, and kannada Prabhakar as the villain. Deliciously epic movie.

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  12. i enjoyed the movie a lot... the treasure hunt seemed to drag a bit.. n the dance sequence was a bore... but i laughed and wowed at the way the movie has been made... a good sense of humour is needed to script something like that...

    best was the vedi Gundu apondam...

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  13. Quick Gun Murugan was ultimate comedy piece

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  14. You mite want to attribute the source of image u've used on your post. Kolly365 may become Charukesh sekar 2 :P

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  15. Daaaaang.... The Jaishankar dance video is awesome!!!!!

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  16. Well since I saw SURA, U reckon I can make it through this one with ease?

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  17. i love "that dance", would always make my mom stop and watch whenever it came on tv

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  19. I think the 'faster than the shadow' part is a take-off on Lukcy Luke, the cartoon-strip character

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  21. On a serious note- I am told that this might as well be Manoramas last movie. She is not in the best of the health it seems. Considering her career span is greater than any other actor - living or dead- this movie would have a significant place in movie history

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