Vadivelu and Chimbu Deven team up for Imsai Arasan 2
After making Puli with Vijay, which didn’t meet the audience’s expectations, Chimbu Deven is all set to join hands with comedian Vadivelu. We hear that the director’s next project will be the sequel of his hit period film, Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi, which had Vadivelu in the lead.
A source close to the actor says, “Chimbu Deven recently met Vadivelu and narrated the script of a sequel to Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi. The actor was impressed with the plot, and has agreed to play the lead in the sequel, too. The film will reportedly be produced by leading production house in association with director Shankar. The rest of the cast is yet to be finalised.” It is also to be noted that, Vadivelu will be making a comeback as a comedian in Vishal’s upcoming film, Kathi Sandai.
Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei is a 2006 Indian Tamil language historical-comedy film written and directed by Chimbu Deven. The film stars Vadivelu in his debut as a lead actor. Monica and Tejashree play the female leads, while Manorama, Nassar, Ilavarasu, Sreeman and Nagesh play supporting roles. Sabesh-Murali composed the soundtrack album and background score. S. Shankar produced and distributed the film under his production banner S Pictures.
Set in the late 18th century during the early stages of the British Raj, the film tells the story of twin brothers separated at birth. Pulikecei XXIII, the foolish elder brother, becomes a puppet of his uncle, the Chief Minister, while Ukraputhan, the wise younger brother, becomes a patriot intent on saving his land and his brother.
Principal photography began in November 2005 at Prasad Studios. Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei was released on 8 July 2006, and was the first historical Tamil film released since Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan (1978). The film received positive reviews, with critics praising the screenplay, the performances, and the dialogues. A box office success, the film won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and one Filmfare Award. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Himsinche 23 Va Raju Pulikesi.