Indralohathil Na Azhagappan (Eng: Na. Azhagappan in Heaven) is a 2008 period comedy film directed by Thambi Ramiah, who directs his second feature film after Manuneethi. After the success of Vadivelu’s debut film as the protagonist in Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi, Ramiah signed him up for the project.
Apart from Vadivelu, the rest of the cast had been announced after the launch. Despite several indications that two prominent actress, would portray the lead female roles; a debutant, Yamini Sharma and Suja were selected. Nassar, Sumithra and the director himself, play supporting roles, while prominent heroine, Shriya Saran, was recruited to act as a ghost buster and dance in a single song. The film released on 1 February 2008 to largely negative reviews.
Azhagappan (Vadivelu) is a member of a theatre group. One fine day, an unlikely visitor from the heavens stumbles upon him and almost falls for him. The beautiful trio of the heaven – Ramba, Menaka, and Urvashi – comes to the earth to enjoy its “beauty”. While the others get back to where they belong to at the right time, Rambha (Yamini Sharma) loses her track and gets into trouble. Azhagappan accidentally helps her go back to heaven. She gets him to heaven during the night and sends him back to the earth early in the morning. Frequenting to the heaven and the hell gives Azhagappan an idea of what is happening in the other world. He is not serious about his rare opportunity to see Lord Indra (Vadivelu) (the king of all deities) and the deities, but the death of a neighboring child changes everything. He takes the thing seriously and wants to teach a lesson to the deity of death Yama (Vadivelu). Vexed with the death and the ways human beings are treated with in hell, Azhagappan decides to tamper with the process of life and death and the laws of the gods. The gods get angry, and Azhagappan pays the price. Comedy turns into tragedy, as he is transformed into a 90-year-old whom even his mother (Sumithra) cannot recognize, and Rambha is cursed to become a formless soul. Naradha (Nassar) makes amends to bring up the climax. Devendran seeks Brihaspathi’s counsel and a way to relieve Azhagappan and Rambha from their curses is born. How this happens, even though Yama tries his best to stop it from happening, forms the rest of the climax.
Directed by Thambi Ramaiah
Produced by Manickam Narayanan
Written by Thambi Ramiah
Starring Vadivelu, Yamini Sharma, Suja Varunee, Sumithra, Nassar, Thambi Ramiah, Shriya Saran (cameo)
Music by Sabesh-Murali
Edited by Anthony
Production Seventh Channel Productions
Release date February 1, 2008
Running time 156 minutes