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Official VCD Cover
|Produced by||Ajay Kumar|
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Distributed by||Sree Lakshmi Productions|
|9 June 2004|
Arul (English: Grace) is a 2004 Indian Tamil action film written and directed by Hari starring Vikram, Jyothika, Pasupathy, Vadivelu, Sarath Babu, Vinu Chakravarthy and Vaiyapuri. The music is composed by Harris Jayaraj. The story tells how a man is rejected by his family but then finds his way back. The film opened to mixed reviews from both critics as well as audience.
Arul (Vikram), who works in a mill, is the third son of four brothers in a family of goldsmiths. Once, Arul's brother steals a chain due to financial circumstances. As Arul had taken the blame for it, he was labelled as a "thief" and seen as a black sheep by his father. Thus, he vows never to make a gold ornament ever again, takes up a job and pays for his expenses. Kanmani (Jyothika), who moves into the opposite house, begins by playing tricks on him, but eventually falls for his character. Arul doesn't believe in love, and keeps his distance from her. One day, when Arul's father scolds him in the temple, Kanmani stands up for him. Arul's father insults her by telling her "Arul's siblings are keeping quiet. Why are you making noise as though you have slept with him?" In a fit of anger, Arul marries Kanmani. Arul then realizes his love for her. The setting up of the party office of the ruling party forces Arul to lock horns with Gajapathy (Pasupathy), the local MLA, and his brother Sethupathy (Kollam Thulasi), the party leader. How Arul defeats the bad guy forms the rest of the story.
- Vikram as Arulkumaran/Arul
- Jyothika as Kanmani Arulkumaran
- Pasupathy as Gajapathy
- Kollam Thulasi as Sethupathy
- Vadivelu as Thangam
- Aarthi as Neelaveni
- Vinu Chakravarthy
- Saranya Ponvannan
- KS Ravikumar
- Thalaivasal Vijay
- Sarath Babu
- Charan Raj
- "Minnal" Deepa
- Chaya Singh as Ponni (Cameo)
After the success of Saamy, Hari decided to renew the collaboration with Vikram for second time with Arul. Jyothika was selected as heroine pairing with Vikram for second time after Dhool. Vivek was originally a part of the cast but fell out with the director and was subsequently replaced by Vadivelu in the film.
A 45 days' shooting schedule took place at Karaikudi, where Vikram, Jyotika and Vadivelu took part. A song sequence was also picturised on Vikram and Chaya Singh who's been roped in to do the single dance number. Fifty dancers took part in the dance number choreographed by Dinesh. The dance picturisation took six days to be completed.
|Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
|2.||"Marudha Malai Adivaram"||Na. Muthukumar||Tippu, L. R. Easwari, Theni Kunjaraama||05:32|
|4.||"Patthu Viral"||Vairamuthu||S. P. Balasubramanyam, Swarnalatha||05:20|
|5.||"Punnakunnu"||Na. Muthukumar||Tippu Sriram Parthasarathy||04:47|
|6.||"Soodamani"||Snehan||Ranjith, Pop Shalini||04:48|