director Simbu Devan
Simbu Devan, who had directed
Imsai Arasan, is the director of IKMS and this
film will be more hilarious, will have more
action and more style. I had rigorous practice
sessions in horse riding and shooting and when
I saw the film, I was not able to believe that
I had done all these things. And the credit
should go to Simbu Devan. IKMS is a new mix
of adventure, comedy and commercial ingredients
put together. Simbu Devan has worked very hard
for this film. You will realize this when you
see the film.
IKMS is a new mix of
adventure, comedy and
commercial ingredients put
Each one of us had different and unique get-up and
they all are comical and it was a new experience.
The three heroines Padma Priya, Lakshmi Rai and Sandhya
have each one song in the film. The melody number
is for Padma Priya, a commercial peppy one for Lakshmi
Rai and a classical track for Sandhya. You may wonder
what kind of classical number a cowboy theme can have.
But you should watch the film to understand this.
IKMS is going to take Tamil
cinema to the next level
IKMS is a mammoth project filmed under a huge
budget. One can convince a producer with normal
stories but when it is a cowboy theme, it is difficult
as it will have more silent shots. This film can
be produced only by people who truly love cinema.
Kalpathi Agoram’s sir’s faith in the
subject is the reason for this film to have shaped
up very well. I saw IKMS and am very sure it would
be a grand success, thanks to Agoram sir’s
confidence and Simbu Devan’s untiring effort.
IKMS is going to take Tamil cinema to the next
guns’ would top the list for the production
side. I needed to spin the guns, put them in my pocket,
take out and shoot in style. It was very difficult during
practice sessions but when I saw it on screen, it was
very good. My style would be new in IKMS.
Style is very important to
this film. You may have seen that I have always
attempted a few stylized movements here and
there in my previous films. However, the director
wanted an over dose of everything for this film.
He had expectations on how the gun should be
handled to how it has to be fired at. I had
hurt myself in many occasions. I had broken
many guns during practice sessions. I think
the expense on ‘broken
My style would be new in IKMS
What did you learn for IKMS?
Horse driving, handling cards and gun shooting. I
think I can use these techniques and style in other
There is no inspiration for me
is your inspiration?
There is no inspiration for me for this film.
Director Simbu Devan is my sole inspiration for
IKMS. The entire premise is new and characterization
cannot be evolved or improvised over an existing
one because we did not have any models before
us. We had to think and devise new ideas.
of assistant directors?
Assistant directors and co-directors
toiled very hard in IKMS. Although all the costumes
were cowboy ones with leather dresses and hats,
each artiste’s dress was unique and different
from one another. I am not the hero of IKMS
but director Simbu Devan, producer Kalpathi
Agoram sir, art director Muthuraj, cinematographer
Azhagappan, and costumer Sai are the real heroes.
They all have worked very hard and shaped this
film into a beautiful one.
I am not the hero of IKMS
give you any acting tips?
Sai Kumar speaks his dialogues very well with the
right kind of modulations and I learnt this skill
from him. Nasser sir and Manorama Aachi also gave
useful tips. All of us worked in sync with each other
and were very happy to do so.
The aches and pains were only for the body. We all
tried our leather costumes and did the photo shoot
in A/C room and felt cool about it. But when it came
to shooting spot during hot summer in April, it was
very difficult. Nevertheless, we were happy making
fun of each other’s costumes. The only people
who were tensed were the director and the assistant
directors. All of us were very happy which could be
perceivable in the film.
About the new
MS Bhaskar has formulated a new language in the film
which would be spoken by the Red Indian tribe in the
film. The idea was that of director’s but Bhaskar
improvised it to such an extent that Senthil and Sandhya
who had to speak this tongue, will clarify their doubts
about it with Bhaskar as though he had created it.
It was very funny indeed! You see the film and you
would realize how hilarious it is.
Did you take
permission to shoot with animals?
We have followed all rules related to using animals
and we have not abused them. We had got the necessary
permission and learnt what not to do with them.
Palakkad, Ambasamudarm, Chennai etc.
Can we go complain to FEFSI?
you have any disturbances while shooting with
Of course, disturbances only made the film. When
we had set the frame for five horses, one would
turn its face the other side, one would be angry
and move to a different side, another one will
come very fast and trip the camera. What can we
do about these things? Can we go complain to FEFSI?
Nothing can be done. Vyapauri had a tough time
with his horse and it was difficult making him
ride on it. He and the horse would appear like
a hero and villain and their glares at each other
also will appear like that.
Are three heroines
necessary for the film?
Yes, very definitely especially for this film because
the story is navigating on three directions.
What is your next
Muni, part 2. Children have started calling me as Muni
uncle. My daughter is also asking me to do such a film.
Script is ready and it is named Kanchana. I am searching
for a new heroine. I have corrected the mistakes of
Muni in Kanchana. It will be enjoyable for children
and songs and the entire content will be better.