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Dial ‘D’ for Detective – Friday Spl. Article by Naveen

A bunch of detective films is getting ready to hit the screens from this week, perhaps shifting the focus of Tamil cinema from eerie comedies to crime thrillers.
‘Nibunan’, which has seen the light of the day this weekend, will be followed by ‘Vivegam’, ‘Thupparivalan’, ‘Imaikka Nodigal’, ‘Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2’ and ‘Iravukku Aayiram Kangal’. Let’s have a sneak peek into this flicks.
NIBUNAN
It is a neo noir crime thriller film co-written, co-produced and directed by Arun Vaidyanathan. The movie features an ensemble cast of Arjun (in his 150th film), Prasanna, Vaibhav, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Sruthi Hariharan in the lead roles.
Featuring music composed by S Navin and cinematography by Arvind Krishna, the film began production in late 2015. The film has been shot simultaneously in Tamil and Kannada. Also, it will be released in Telugu as ‘Kurukshetram’.
According to the director, who made ‘Achamundu Achamundu’ earlier, the film would be based around the adventures of a police officer.
VIVEGAM
It is a spy thriller film co-written and directed by Siva. It features Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan in key roles.
Anirudh Ravichander is the music composer for the movie, while camera is by Vetri and editing by Ruben. Ajith plays a stylish internatinoal police officer in this film.
The movie was filmed in a restricted military base in Eastern Europe. The team completed the final shoot schedule at Serbia. ‘Vivegam’ teaser has become the fastest movie teaser to reach five million views within 12 hours
THUPPARIVALAN
It is a detective fantasy thriller written and directed by Mysskin. The film is produced by Vishal, who also stars in the lead role.A talented ensemble cast follows starring: Prasanna, Vinay Rai, Simran, Andrea Jeremiah, Anu Emmanuel, John Vijay and K Bhagyaraj.
Vishal plays Kaniyan Poongundran, a detetice.  Prasanna says that, his role in Thupparivaalan is like Dr Watson of Sherlockhomes series. One minute-long teaser of the movie was released on July 19 and it went on to become a hit.
IRAVUKKU AAYIRAM KANGAL
It is an action thriller film directed by Mu Maran. The film features Arulnithi, Ajmal, Mahima Nambiar and Vidya Pradeep in the lead roles, with Vishal Chandrasekhar composing the soundtrack.
Produced by Axess Film Factory, the venture began production in March 2017. Maran, an erstwhile assistant director to Raghava Lawrence and K V Anand, announced that his first directorial venture would be a crime thriller.
Titled after a song from ‘Kulamagal Radhai’ (1963), Maran revealed that the film was based on real life incidents which he had read about in newspapers.
IMAIKKA NODIGAL
It is a neo noir crime thriller film written and directed by R. Ajay Gnanamuthu starring Nayanthara as the main protagonist. She plays a CBI officer in this flick.
It also has Atharvaa and Raashi Khanna in leading roles and Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap as the main antagonist. The movie is produced by C J Jayakumar of Cameo Films India.
In December 2016, ‘Imaikkaa’ Nodigal became the first film to be shot inside the underground tunnel stretch of the Namma Metro in Bengaluru. Filming took place after metro services ceased at 10 PM.
According to Jayakumar, “The script of the film demanded shooting in various places of Bengaluru. We have been shooting in the city for the last 25 days. In the metro tunnel stretch, we shot scenes for two nights.”
CHENNAIYIL ORU NAAL 2
It is a crime thriller film written by ace crime novelist Rajesh Kumar and directed by JPR. The film has an ensemble cast consisting of R. Sarathkumar, Suhasini, and Napolean as leads.
Jakes Bijoy was brought aboard for music and Deepak for cinematography. The film had its Pooja 17 April 2017 in Coimbatore and is fast taking shape.

By Naveen

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