“Imaikkaa Nodigal” an Indian Tamil movie released in the year 2018 is a psychological action thriller film featuring Nayanthara, Atharva, Anurag Kashyap and Raashi Khanna in the lead roles. Imaikkaa Nodigal was written by Mr.R. Ajay Gnanamuthu and Hiphop Tamizha being the music composer. Cinematography and editing by R.D. Rajashekhar and Bhuvan Srinivasan respectively. Imaikkaa Nodigal was produced by C.J. Jayakumar
The kidnapping of a serial killer has disrupted the peace in Bengaluru (Anurag Kashyap). He’s named after Rudra, the infamous serial killer who was declared dead five years ago. He goes out to live after another case of the CBI led by Anjali Vikramadithyan IPS, and declares himself as Dead Rudra (Nayanthara). He insists on Rudra’s survival and claims to be in action right now. It is assigned to Anjali, the former case manager for Rudra.
Dr. Arjun Prabakar (Atharvaa), Anjali’s brother, has a falling out with Krithika Rao on the same floor (Raashi Khanna). He and his friend Vinoth (Ramesh Thilak) travel to Bengaluru to make amends, but Arjun inadvertently enters the lethal scene between Rudra and Anjali. When Rudra kidnaps Krithika and demands an exchange from her father in order to bring Arjun into the game, the cat and mouse game becomes too powerful. Arjun follows Rudra’s instructions to save Krithika and is labelled “Rudra,” which complicates matters. Officer Narayan (Devan) takes over the case after Anjali is suspended and her family is placed under house arrest.
When Gnanamuthu was looking for a “strong female protagonist,” the team hired actress Nayanthara to play the lead role in the project, and the actress agreed to participate immediately after hearing the script. She played Atharvaa’s eldest sister. The team was looking for a “pan-Indian actor” to play another role in the play, and considered Prabhu Deva, Gautham Menon, and Anurag Kashyap to be the latter. The director, Magizh Thirumeni, dubbed Anurag’s voice. Rashi Khanna was also signed on to play a character who appeared to be Atharvaa’s love interest, and it was confirmed that Vijay Sethupathi would play Nayanthara’s husband for 15 minutes. Manasvi, Kottachi’s daughter, was cast in the role of Nayanthara’s daughter.
Tamil films have a pressing request for Bollywood: remove Anurag Kashyap, one of their most renowned directors. He could do it, and he could do it well. He plays a psycho killer in Imaikka Nodigal. A few minutes in, we see his character on top of a terrace. The film moves quickly, to establish it. He kidnaps a young girl and negotiates a ransom with her father… despite the fact that cops are hot on his tail. He works calmly and shows no signs of nervousness.
It reveals late in the second half how he can maintain his composure in the face of adversity. There is an Imaikka Nodigal seed somewhere out there, and we must first understand their main characters in order to find it. Anjali Vikramadityan is a CBI officer working on the mysterious case of a person who kidnaps people for no apparent reason. The officer is also a memorable individual. The restitution is consistent, and each suspect is identified. Who’s in charge?
The cops discovered that all of this was very similar to ‘Rudhra’ operations, a criminal they thought they saw the last time. However, the police suspect a resurgence of ‘Rudhra’ with the current spate of crimes resembling what they committed a few years ago.
A thriller like this should move quickly, and Imaikka Nodigal does, except for a dull love affair between Arjun (Atharva) and Krithika (Raashi Khanna), which we discover too late in its connection with the main plot. The genre is well understood, and Imaikka Nodigal’s cat and mouse game has the audience divided, according to Director Ajay Gnanamuthu (who most recently directed the impressive Demonte Colony). His writing has a strong impact, with enough screen time and backgrounds for all three main characters (Nayanthara, Atharva and Anurag). His main source of assistance is filmmaker RD Rajashekar, whose lighting and angles create the right atmosphere, particularly in the villain sections.
One of the film’s minor flaws is its length, which clocks in at about 170 minutes. The performances, on the other hand, are more than complementary; Nayanthara maintains its rich string of form. Every project seems to improve the script selection. Vijay Sethupathi shines in a much more informative camera. However, Anurag Kashyap, who excels as a dangerous villain, is unquestionably the winner. If we could just kidnap him and take him to the Tamil movies.
Kashyap’s debut performance as a menacing killer was one of his best. As we’ve seen in other films, this character, like others, has a compelling backstory. Nayanthara excels as the astute, soft CBI officer in a key flashback scene, delivering an arresting performance. Atharvaa’s role is also well defined and brilliant in both combat and emotional scenes. Raashi is excellent in her role, and Vijay Sethupathi makes an impression in a cameo, albeit in a minor role.
While the film stays true to its genre, the love song between Atharvaa and Raashi, as well as their overall length, should have been cut to make it a better product, thanks to filmmaker Rajasekar and Music Director Hip Hop Tamizha. With the exception of a few made-up scenes, the director is able to keep the twists going until the very end.