With 'Idhu Namma Aalu', the controversial Simbu finally has a much-needed release

Sreedhar Pillai

May 27, 2016 13:12:19 IST

Tamil actor, the controversial Simbu aka Silambarasan popularly called as STR by his fans finally has a release. His long delayed Idhu Namma Aalu released today (27 May) worldwide. The film has Nayanthara as the female lead (who was in a relationship with Simbu years ago) and Andrea and comedian Soori in key roles.

The 30-year-old Simbu, son of popular actor T Rajendran aka TR has been often referred to as the enfant terrible of Kollywood. He has a penchant for getting into controversies and creating headlines.

Simbu with Nayanthara in 'Idhu Namma Aalu'

Simbu with Nayanthara in 'Idhu Namma Aalu'

Recently, Simbu came to the national media's attention with his “Beep Song”, at a private jam session which was “leaked” online. The actor and his buddy, the very popular music director Anirudh, found themselves in the midst of a raging controversy for composing a song which was said “to be vulgar and derogatory to women”.

And his relationship status has always made headlines, especially with leading heroines like Nayanthara and Hansika. The gossip columns will tell you that his relationships have usually ended in a messy fashion.

Incidentally, Simbu is a good singer and has rendered a number of “love failure songs”, a popular genre in Tamil music. He even recorded a “Love Anthem” with Akon. During the recent actors' association Nadigar Sangam elections, he was again caught on the wrong foot, when he supported the old guard led by Sharat Kumar who lost out to actor Vishal and his new team.

Simbu’s new film Idhu Namma Aalu is directed by Pandiraj, and is said to be a rom-com, which has been in the making for nearly three years. It was started as a quickie, but dragged on due to differences of opinion and financial issues between Pandiraj, associate producers and Simbu's father TR (who is producing the film under his banner Simbu Cine Arts). The release date of the film was postponed half a dozen times, and it finally hit the screens after fighting court cases filed by local financiers. Incidentally, the film also marks the debut of Simbu’s younger brother TR Kulalarasan as music director.

The highlight of the film is definitely Simbu and Nayanthara coming together on screen after their famous break up. In an interview to sify.com Simbu is quoted as saying : “All the young girls and boys would relate to Nayanthara’s character in the film, she has done a commendable job. See, the thing is INA will be a hit even if it didn't have Simbu and Nayanthara but our combination will definitely create a new perspective for audiences, which I think is the biggest strength of the film. Our director Pandiraj has explored the relationship phase of the pair from engagement to marriage, which is something unique in Tamil cinema."

Simbu badly needs a hit that will take him ahead of contemporaries like Dhanush in the box-office race. Those who saw a sneak preview of Idhu Namma Aalu are raving about it and said it is a perfect rom-com. There is so much hype around the film being distributed by the market leader Sri Thenandal Films, that it may give the much misunderstood actor a hit — and a terrific boost to his career.

Updated Date: May 27, 2016 14:19:17 IST