Irandam Ulagam (2013)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 40 mins

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'Irandam Ulagam' is a fast-paced and technically brilliant fantasy thriller about two stories which unfold concurrently in two different planets – our Earth and an unnamed exo-planet On earth a timid medical student Ramya (Anushka Shetty) who has a crush on an academic mathematician Madhu Balakrishnan (Arya). He initially refuses her proposal for marriage as his father is invalid needing his full attention and care. Later, Madhu gradually reciprocate Ramya's love seeing her caring nature and proposes marriage. But, she reluctantly rejects his proposal as her family had already arranged her marriage, with the groom of their choice. While on a trip to Goa, Madhu wins Ramya's heart while her fiance abruptly cancels the marriage citing dowry as reason. She instantaneously dies in a freak accident and this is followed by the news of death of Madhu's paralysed father too. Depressed by the sudden twin tragedies, Madhu becomes a vagabond in Goa. He sees an apparition of his dead father that tells him death is an illusion. Later, in one of the tourist spots, he follows an empty car to a hilltop and tries to commit suicide. He gets injured and faints while trying to drive the car. The story moves parallel in the alternate world in a relatively primitive kingdom which protects the immortal Amma. The son of a noble military commander, Maravan (Arya), falls in love with a working class orphan Varna (Anushka Shetty). Maravan, though fearless, does not take interest in martial arts and roams around the kingdom drinking with his friends. Varna, on the other hand, is interested in a military career though she picks and packs wild mushrooms to eke out a living. She also has the desire to protect Amma from the enemies of the kingdom. While gatecrashing a military admissions exam for Amma's protection, the tyrant king condemns Varna to his harem. Maravan pleads the king to release Varna and the king in return challenges Maravan to get hold of Lion's skin within three days. Maravan, though inexperienced, fights with the lion which was never slain and releases Varna. With the behest of the king, Varna is forced to marry Maravan, which goes against her free will. So, she tries to commit suicide after assaulting the king. But Amma saves her and the riled king exiles her to the forest. Depressed Maravan tries to commit suicide in vain. Taunted by new military recruits, Maravan climbs a sacred mountain called Swamimalai. Meanwhile, with the special powers of Amma, an inter-planetary portal opens briefly between Maravan in Swamimalai and Madhu in Goa. Maravan rescues the fainted Madhu from the car and takes him to Amma for treatment. People of the kingdom celebrate Madhu mistaking him as angel. Then the enemies lay siege to the kingdom and try to kidnap Amma. But intoxicated Maravana fights them off with the help of Varna who returns from the forest. When Madhu looks at Varna (who looks like Ramya), flowers begin to bloom in the kingdom for the first time. But the timid people force Varna away back to the forests. Later Maravan's bravery is rewarded by his father and king who admits him into the military service. Maravan, with new-found confidence, goes into the forest to meet Varna with food and blankets. But she rejects him again. Madhu too goes into the forest to meet Varna. This time, Varna accepts his friendship. Marvan gets jealous of Madhu. A stormy night forces Varna to eventually return to the kingdom from the forest. The enemies of the kingdom capture Amma while the irate king sends Maravan for execution for illegally housing Varna. Maravan is captured by the enemy troops while abducting Amma. Madhu and Varna set out through forest to find Maravan and Amma. Varna eventually realises that she had fallen in love with her husband Maravan after hearing about Ramya. Maravan bravely wipes out the entire army of the enemy and escapes with Amma on a boat. But Madhu is drowned in combat. Amma stops Varna and Maravan from saving him. Then an inter-planetary portal opens briefly again and Madhu lands in another unnamed exoplanet where he finally meets his soul mate Ramya look-alike again. He earnestly asks her if she is single. Finally he realises that it is his true destiny.

Cast: Anushka Shetty, Arya

Crew: K Selvaraghavan (Director), T Ramji (Director of Photography), Harris Jayaraj (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Release Dates: 22 Nov 2013 (India)

Tagline: How far will you travel for love?

Tamil Name: இரண்டாம் உலகம்

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Did you know? For the third time, this movie was picked up in 2009, but never made any progress. Read More
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No doubt that selva raghavan is a good creator,but he fails in execution.


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Irandam Ulagam : Is one f d very few fantasy muvies tat evr made in #India but story/Screenplay wise fails to make an impact wat Selva's muvi usualy does.. But who cares abt it wen a muvi is of fantasy genre and tat is visually rich♥ Best use of VFX in an Indian muvi #AFAIK.. two things i felt tat is missin which was supposed to b.. Danush's performance & HJ's BGM both wud ve liftd d muvi more.. Overall IU is a decent attempt.. may be is nt a complete engaging muvi, but definetely nt to be missed at al in theatrs.. Take a bow Selva sir fa tis attempt.!

as Ramya / Varna
as Madhu Balakrishnan / Maruvan
Special Appearance
as Madhu Balakrishna's Father




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Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
Georgian, Hindi, Russian, Telugu, Turkish, Uzbek
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Sound Mix:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Vijay Prakash
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Dhanush
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Karthik, Megha Harini
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Hariharan
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Gopal Rao, Shakthisree Gopalan
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: K Selvaraghavan
Playback Singer: Chinmayi Sripada
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Anirudh Ravichander
How far will you travel for love?
The movie's music director was initially supposed to be Yuvan Shankar Raja, then Prakash Kumar was brought on the project, replacing Yuvan. Finally, Harris Jayaraj composed the album, while Anirudh Ravichander worked on the background scores.

The film began shooting for the fourth time in 2010, with a changed title 'Maravan'. Eventually, the movie was renamed 'Irandam Ulagam' and the final cast of Arya and Anushka was confirmed.

For the third time, this movie was picked up in 2009, but never made any progress.

The movie was launched a second time in 2008, with a new cast, starring Dhanush and Andrea Jeremiah in the leading roles. This project got stalled and eventually shelved.

The movie was being prepped as 'Idhu Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam', starring Karthi and Sandhya in 2006. However, after a brief filming, it failed to progress.

The movie's release was delayed due to complex post-production requirements.
Filming Start Date:
24 Dec 2011
Movie Connection(s):
Bilingual of: Varna (Telugu)
'Irandam Ulagam' confirmed for Nov 22
25 Oct 2013, by The Times of India
Selvaraghavan happy with Anirudh
08 Oct 2013, by The Times of India
Selvaraghavan is confused
11 Aug 2013, by The Times of India
Arya-Anushka's 'Irandam Ulagam' trailer released
04 Aug 2013, by International Business Times
Arya to play dual role in 'Irandam Ulagam'!
07 Mar 2013, by IndiaGlitz
'Irandam Ulagam' shooting wrapped up
07 Jan 2013, by The Times of India
Selvaraghavan is back from Georgia
29 Aug 2012, by Sify
Selvaraghavan updates on 'Irandam Ulagam'
03 Apr 2012, by Behindwoods
'Irandaam Ulagam' from December?
18 Nov 2011, by IndiaGlitz
Harris' Chinese connection
18 May 2011, by The Times of India
Richa in, Andrea out?
11 May 2011, by The Times of India
GV Prakash replaces Yuvan Shankar Raja
03 Apr 2011, by Sreedhar Pillai
Yuvan replaces GV in Selva's film
28 Dec 2010, by Sify
Selva starts new film with Dhanush
20 Aug 2009, by Sify
Brothers are back
19 Aug 2009, by The Times of India