Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi (2006) is a big-budget Tamil film directed by newcomer Chimbudeven. The film stars veteran comedian Vadivelu, Tejashree and Monica in the lead roles and also had Manorama and Nagesh. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Sabesh-Murali. It has been labelled a hysterical historical.
The story is a spoof on many films that we have seen in the past. In a faraway kingdom the ruler (Nagesh) and queen (Manorama) are craving for a child as all their 22 kids die at birth. Little do they know that the queen’s brother Rajaguru Sangilimaayan (Nassar) is behind the death of their children as he wants to be the next ruler! But when the palace astrologer predicts that the 23rd child will be a dimwit, Rajguru is happy. But the queen gives birth to twins and among them the smarter one (according to the astrologer) is ordered to be killed while the dimwit survives.
The child is named 23 am Pulikesi (Vadivelu) and he grows up to be the new king after the Kings death. Pulikesi is an idiot, womanizer, coward, illiterate and puppet in the hands of Rajguru who is hand-in-glove with the British to loot the state. Meanwhile the other child is adopted by a childless couple and he grows up to be Ugraputran (Vadivelu) an educated young man and a patriot with a lofty vision for his country.Ugraputhran tries to kill Pulikesi but when Ugran sees him and realizes that Pulikesi is his twin brother. Soon Ugraputran comes to know about his past and to save the land from Rajguru and British; he replaces Pulikesi as the king. He joins hands with Thalapathi (Sreeman), brings new reforms, exposes Rajguru and saves the land from the British.
Simbudevan has succeeded to a very large extent in making the audience laugh with dialogue oriented comedy and not falling back on slapstick variety. He throws all rules of the book out of the window by his unconventional storyline and presentation. A dumb Pulikesi makes a huge stadium for the public to conduct caste wars between two groups and the man who killed more number of people is awarded something similar to the ‘man of the match’ in one-day cricket matches! In another instance, Pulikesi parcels off a particular area to a bandit to loot the common man, similar to present day politicians giving each dada an area to operate and allowing an aerated drink made out of earthworms (sheer coincidence to pesticides in Cola)to be popularized in the state. All this brings the house down.
|Aah Aadivaa||Manicka Vinayagam , Binni Krishnakumar, Saindhavi, Kovai Kamala and Vadivelu|
|Panju Methai Kaniyae||Krishnaraj, Swarnalatha|
|Aasai Kanniye||Naresh Iyer, Kalyani|
|Vanam Namakul||T. L. Maharajan|