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|Directed by||Anand Shankar|
|Produced by||Shibu Thameens|
|Written by||Anand Shankar|
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Cinematography||R. D. Rajasekhar|
|Edited by||Bhuvan Srinivasan|
Iru Mugan (transl. Two faced Man) is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language science fiction action film written and directed by Anand Shankar, and produced by Shibu Thameens under the banner Thameens Films. The film stars Vikram, Nayanthara and Nithya Menen in the lead roles, while Nassar, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunakaran and Riythvika portray supporting roles.
Vikram plays a double role character for the first time, as Akhilan Vinod, a suspended RAW agent who is on a mission, to track down Love, a wanted criminal scientist, who illegally supplies inhalers which contain "speed drug" for terrorists. The film went through significant changes in pre-production of cast, crew members and producers. Principal photography of the film was commenced in December 2015. The major portion of the film was shot in Malaysia, and few scenes were shot in Chennai, Bangkok, Ladakh and Kashmir.
An elderly Malaysian man goes berserk and kills several Indian officers in a span of five minutes at the Indian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, before collapsing. A tattoo of a love symbol is present at the back of his neck, leading Research and Analysis Wing whose identity and whereabouts are unknown to anyone except Akhilan Vinod, a suspended RAW agent whose wife Meera George, a leading computer analyst at RAW, was killed by Love four years ago. RAW chief Malik tracks down Akhilan and convinces him to join the investigation. On viewing the video footage of the attack, Akhilan comes to the conclusion that the elderly Malaysian man had taken a mysterious performance-enhancing drug which allowed him to attack the Indian officials and decides to investigate the matter further in Malaysia. Since Akhilan is under suspension, Malik assigns him as a deputy to a junior RAW agent named Aayushi, who is officially assigned to handle the case, and the two of them leave for Kuala Lumpur.
In Kuala Lumpur, Akhilan and Aayushi learn that the mysterious drug is inhaled using an asthma inhaler. Further investigations lead them to Peter, a scientist who is on Love's payroll. Peter becomes informer and tells them about the drug, which is called "Speed". The drug causes a person who inhales it to have extraordinary strength for five minutes before falling unconscious, and if the person inhales the drug again within a few hours, they will suffer a massive heart attack. Peter also reveals that a shipment of 'Speed' inhalers is to be dispatched to Love within the next 15 minutes. Akhilan and Aayushi pursue the lorry carrying the inhalers, but a lorry driver inhales Speed and subdues the duo, who are then taken to Love's hideout. As Akhilan moves to arrest Love who turns out to be criminal he is knocked out by Meera, who is shockingly still alive and has been working for Love as a computer hacker and now goes by the name of Rosy. It is then revealed that Meera suffers from retrograde amnesia after being shot in the head four years ago and that Love took advantage of her situation to employ her as a computer hacker. She has no mind of her own, following whatever Love says. However, when Love orders her to kill Akhilan and Aayushi, she points the gun at Love and calls the police, who arrest Love. Meera reveals that she had been forced to take 'Speed' by Love to work faster, but the drug caused her old memories, including those with Akhilan, to return, and she soon regained her full memory after continuous use of the drug.
Love manages to obtain a 'Speed' inhaler while in custody and inhales it, helping her escape and destroy the entire police station, killing everyone present including Aayushi. Aayushi had a watch camera on and recorded the whole incident. Akhilan finds out that Love had made a satellite call to Chang, the Transport Minister of Malaysia who had allowed Love to send shipments of 'Speed' inhalers to India to perpetrate terror attacks there in return for money. He rushes to the hospital where Chang is admitted and interrogates him. During the interrogation, Love sneaks into the hospital and hiding in the air conditioning vent, sprays a neurotoxic gas in Chang's room, causing Akhilan and Chang to get paralysed. She then kills Chang and puts the knife on Akhilan's hand, framing him as Chang's assassin. Now a wanted criminal, Akhilan, despite being paralysed, somehow manages to escape from the hospital and the Malaysian police.
Akhilan and Meera decide to finish off Love once using her kill switch activation device, which had been restored and hidden by Aayushi before she was killed. However, as the device can only be opened with Love's fingerprint, they plan on obtaining her fingerprint. They sneak into an illegal airfield owned by Chang, where Love is planning to leave for India with the shipments of Speed inhalers. Akhilan inhales Speed and fights Love, who has also inhaled Speed, and manages to get her fingerprint before collapsing after the drug's effect wears off. On regaining consciousness, he finds out that Love has already left for India. It is shown that Akhilan used silica gel to get Love's fingerprints. He then uses the fingerprints to open the kill switch activation device, deactivates Meera's kill switch and kills all of Love's henchmen, including those piloting the plane. The plane crashes into a remote jungle, killing Love, destroying the Speed shipments, and averting a major terrorist attack.
One month later, Akhilan and Meera are seen enjoying a holiday cruise sponsored by the Government of Malaysia as a reward for killing Love. After discussing their future plans about having babies, Akhilan reveals that he has kept a Speed inhaler and inhales it.
- Vikram in dual roles as Akhilan Vinod, a suspended RAW agent, and Love, a wanted criminal scientist
- Nayantara as Meera Vinod (Rosy), a leading computer analyst at RAW and Akhilan's wife
- Nithya Menon as Aayushi, a junior RAW agent
- Nassar as Malik, the RAW chief who assigns Akhilan as deputy to Aayushi
- Thambi Ramaiah as Muthaiah, a Malaysian police officer
- Karunakaran as Peter, a scientist who is on Love's payroll
- Riythvika as Kidnapped Girl
- Jasper as Billy Murali
- Karthik Nagarajan as Balaji
- Balaji Venugopal
Director Anand Shankar and Vikram were first announced to be collaborating in October 2014, with producer S. Thanu financing the venture. Anand Shankar completed the script throughout early 2015 and toured Malaysia to find locations, while Vikram completed his other projects. Kajal Aggarwal and Priya Anand were signed on to portray the lead actresses, while Manush Nandan and Anirudh Ravichander were approached to be the film's cinematographer and compose the film's music, respectively. The project was titled as Marma Manithan and was reported to begin shooting in Malaysia from June 2015. Instead, production disputes took place during June 2015 after Ayngaran International also announced their interest in producing the film, with Thanu attempting to hand over the rights of the film. Priya Anand also opted out of the film, with Bindu Madhavi announced as her replacement. The ongoing changes subsequently stopped the team beginning their shoot in Malaysia during July 2015 and the production was stalled. The delays meant that Vikram stopped waiting for the makers to begin work, changed his specially-prepared facial hair and went back to add finishing touches to his other ongoing project, 10 Endrathukulla (2015).
Ayngaran International backed out of the film in November 2015, prompting Anand Shankar to re-approach different producers to find new funding for the project. Later on in the month, Shibu Thameens agreed to produce the film and announced that the film would finally begin its first schedule in Malaysia during December 2015. The change of producer also meant significant changes were made to the cast and crew of the film, with Kajal Aggarwal dropped for Nayantara. Bindu Madhavi was left out of the new team, while the makers discussed the secondary lead role with actresses Nithya Menen and Parvathy, before Menen was selected. Likewise R. D. Rajasekhar and Suresh Selvarajan were brought on board to handle the film's cinematography and art direction, respectively. Harris Jayaraj was also subsequently confirmed as the film's music composer, and marked a return to signing films after taking a brief sabbatical.
The film was launched in December 2015 and it was revealed that the film would be shot in Chennai, Ladakh, Bangkok and Malaysia. The project was also retitled as Iru Mugan and a first look poster was released in early January 2016. In early 2016, the team shot two schedules in Malaysia and then in Chennai, before Anand Shankar headed to Kashmir to scout for further locations. A third schedule was completed in Chennai during March 2016.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||14 August 2016|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
Harris Jayaraj composed the film's soundtrack and score, in which the film, marks his sixth collaboration with Vikram. The lyrics for the songs were written by Madhan Karky, Thamarai and Kavithai Gunder Emcee Jesz. The first song "Halena" featuring Vikram and Nayanthara, was shot in various locations around Bangkok on April–May 2016. The second song "Oh Maya" which also features the lead pair once again, were shot on mid-May 2016 in Kashmir, where a subsequent portion of the song was shot in Ladakh on June. The recording process for the songs were completed within July 2016. Sony Music acquired the audio rights of the film. The tracklist was released on 11 August 2016, which features five songs in the album, where one was a theme song. The full album was released on 14 August 2016 at a launch event held at Sathyam Cinemas, Chennai.
The album received mixed reviews. Behindwoods.com rated the soundtrack album 2.75 out of 5, stating that "Iru Mugan is a pleasant rendition of HJ's hip-hop style sounds that deserve a couple of slots in one's playlist". Indiaglitz rated the album 3 out of 5 and summarised that "Harris brings back the stylish quotient in IM by infusing youthful beats." Sify rated the album 4.25/5 reviewing that "This is vintage Harris delivering a mellifluous album!" Top10 Cinema reviewed it as a "Decent effort by Harris Jayaraj". Studioflicks rated it 3.25 out of 5, and reviewed it as "An assorted collection of Harris western melodies!" Moviecrow rated the album 3 out of 5, with a verdict "Harris Jayaraj brings his mojo back with the fresh highly stylized album devoid of deja-vu feel and the album surely stays in the top of the charts with couple of songs." The Times of India rated 2.5/5, stating "Except for two songs, Harris doesn't really make an impact with this album."
|1.||"Halena"||Madhan Karky||Abhay Jodhpurkar, Ujjayinee Roy, Christopher Stanley||4:48|
|2.||"Oh Maya"||Thamarai||N. C. Karunya, Ramya NSK||5:03|
|3.||"Kannai Vittu"||Madhan Karky||Tippu, Srimathumitha, Praveen Saivi||6:02|
|4.||"Irumugan Settai"||Kavithai Gundar Emcee Jesz||Kavithai Gunder Emcee Jesz, Steeve Vatz, Maalavika Manoj||4:05|
|5.||"Face off (Theme)"||Maria Roe Vincent||2:14|
|1.||"Chilaka O Chilaka"||Bhuvanachandra||Christopher Stanley, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Sunitha Sarathy||4:45|
|2.||"Chinni Gundelo"||Chandrabose||N.C. Karunya, Ramya NSK||5:01|
|3.||"Kanne Veede"||Vennelakanti||Pravin Saivi, Tippu, Srimathumitha||6:05|
|4.||"Iragadeesy Inuparaddu"||Sri Mani||Mali, MC Vickey||4:07|
|5.||"Face Off (Theme)"||Maria 'Roe' Roshni Vincent,||2:14|
Irumugan was initially slated to release on 2 September 2016, coinciding with Ganesh Chathurthi festival, but was pushed to 8 September 2016. The film was simultaneously dubbed into Telugu as Inkokkadu, and was released in the same day. This film however did not release in Karnataka, due to the Bandh called by Karnataka Rakshana Vedhike, and also decided not to release any Tamil films on the state, because of the Kaveri river water dispute, which also affected several other Tamil films such as Thodari, Remo, Rekka and Devi as the films do not have a theatrical release in Karnataka. In 2017, Zee Network bought the Hindi dubbing rights of the film, and released the film into Hindi as International Rowdy.
The film received mixed reviews from critics and was successful at the box office. M Suganth, from The Times of India rated 3 out of 5 stars, stating that "If Anand Shankar’s previous film Arima Nambi had echoes of K Bhagyaraj’s Rudhra, the set-up of Iru Mugan recalls that of Kamal Haasan’s Vikram." Behindwoods.com rated it 2.5 out of 5 stars, stating that "Vikram in full form, technically strong too. But script and logic could have been handled better."
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