Arasatchi

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JUDGEMENT
Directed by N. Maharajan
Produced by Murali Manohar
Written by N. Maharajan
Starring Arjun
Lara Dutta
Riya Sen
Karan
Raghuvaran
Nassar
Vivek
Manivannan
Delhi Ganesh
Anand Raj
P. Vasu
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography S. Saravanan
Edited by B. S. Vasu
Saleem
Production
  company
Cee(I)TV Entertainment(p)ltd
Distributed by Mars Entertainment Group
Motion Pictures Partners International
Release date(s) 17 September 2004
Country India
Language Tamil

Arasatchi is a Tamil language film released in 2004. The film was directed by then debutante, N Maharajan. The film starred Arjun, Lara Dutta and Raghuvaran in the lead roles. Vivek as the comedian, Lakshmi and Manivannan all play in other roles. The film's music was composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film was released in September 2004. It was dubbed into Telugu as "Judgement" and in Hindi as "Ghatak The Destroyer".

Plot[edit]

Anandraj a lawyer who argues for rapists and murderers is killed by a cricket ball hit by Arjun.

Arjun is a GM of a five star hotel owned by S V Shekar. Shekar’s daughter is Lara Dutta who is introduced with a sexy song. She comes from abroad to join her dad’s hotel but only as a traineee under the macho GM. Within no time Lara is in love with Arjun.

It’s now time for duets . Lara’s friend Karan is a campaigner of public cause. His efforts lead to a brothel raid and a minister getting arrested. The minister’s goons bump off Karan and Arjun is an eyewitness. Arjun refuses to testify and Lara walks out on him. Charanraj pleads for the killer and lets him off. Arjun bumps off Charanraj. Nazar a military officer is a witness to the murder. Nazar even postpones his heart operation till the killer is nabbed. Arjun now tells his story of why he is on a hunt of the lawyers who plead for the bad guys. Nazar gives up his mission.

Next Devan takes a brief for a rapist and he too is killed. Next is the turn of Raghuvaran who comes from Delhi. The surprise element is that Raghuvaran is the brother in law of Arjun. Raghuvaran’s wife is the long lost sister of Arjun. Now the brother- sister sentiment comes into play. Finally the story ends with Raghuvaran being shot dead by Arjun in the court premises. The police open fire and bystanders form a human wall and get shot at. Arjun tells TV crew about how his mission has spread to the masses.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After the success of Vallarasu Maharajan was supposed to direct Vijaykanth in another project but later got dropped and Maharajan went on to remake Vallarasu in Hindi as Indian with Sunny Deol.[1] Meanwhile, Maharajan announced his next project Arasatchi with Arjun playing the lead role. Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta made her acting debut in Tamil with this film.[2] The film boasts of 14 villains played by Raghuvaran, Karan, Anandraj, Nasser, Nambiar, Ponnambalam, Delhi Ganesh, Mansur Alikhan, Devan, Rajan P Dev and Manivannan among others. Uma, Abitha, Vindhya and P Vasu play crucial roles in the film.

The filming was held at Le Royal Meridian Hotel, Chennai and the songs were picturised at locations in London, New Zealand and Canada.[3]

The movie was completed in 2003 but got delayed due to financial problems and finally released in 2004,[4] in between production delays Maharajan finished Anjaneya with Ajith.

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Raj TV. The film was given an "A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. Before release, poster featuring tagline "When Justice Fails" created controversy which caused a lawyer to file a case citing that the film would portray lawyers in bad light. After one week, case was finally won.[5][6]

Soundtrack[edit]

Arasatchi
Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Chellamae
(2004)
Arasatchi
(2004)
Arul
(2004)

The soundtrack and background score was composed by Harris Jayaraj. Lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar, Thamarai, Viveka & Snehan.[7]

Song title Singers
Arakonathhil Sunitha Sarathy
Buddhan Karthik
Ippadiyae Shankar Mahadevan, Swarnalatha, Sunitha Sarathy
Iruvathu Vayasu Harini, Febi Mani
Kozha Kozha Srilekha Parthasarathy
Mughalai Mughalai Harish Raghavendra, Harini

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