3 (2012 Tamil film)

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3 Tamil movie poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byAishwarya R. Dhanush
Produced by
  • Dr. K. Vimalageetha
  • Dhanush
  • Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Written byAishwarya R. Dhanush
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
Edited byKola Bhaskar
R. K. Productions Pvt.Ltd
Distributed byWunderbar Films
Release date
  • 30 March 2012 (2012-03-30)
Running time
148 minutes

3 is a 2012 Indian Tamil-language romantic psychological thriller film written and directed by Aishwarya R. Dhanush in her directorial debut. It stars her husband Dhanush, who co-produced the film with his wife.[1][2] The soundtrack and film score were composed by newcomer Anirudh Ravichander, Dhanush's cousin-in-law. The cinematography was handled by Velraj.

The film released worldwide on 30 March 2012, to positive reviews. The soundtrack album composed by Anirudh Ravichander, and the song "Why This Kolaveri Di" became one of the "Recently Most Popular (Gold) Videos".


At Ram’s funeral, his wife Janani hallucinates about him running away, and the film flashes back to when Ram and Janani were 12th-grade students, when Ram helps Janani fix her bicycle and tells his friends Kumaran and Senthil that he has a crush on her. When Ram visits Janani, she reciprocates his love. Janani's sister Sumi makes sure that her parents are not aware of their secret relationship.

Back in the present, Janani has a teary conversation with her mother about Ram. Asleep, she experiences another flashback about when her family had a visa to go to the US, but she burned her passport in order to stay with Ram and marry him. They later were given a house by Ram's dad.

After Janani is awoken by her maid, she finds a suicide letter from Ram in his coat. She visits Senthil and asks him to reveal what they were hiding from her. An distraught Senthil tells her that when she was leaving for the US, Kumaran got a job in Singapore at the same time. Upon finding out that two of the people closest to him were leaving, Ram becomes more unstable. On a day when Ram took a 3.2 crore loss, he kicks and kills Tom, their dog. This leads Senthil to consult a doctor, who tells him that Ram's actions are symptomatic of bipolar disorder, and if not treated, could lead to suicide. When Senthil tries to warn him, Ram attacks Senthil with a bottle and chair, and later falls unconscious on the road.

The doctor confirms Ram has severe bipolar disorder, but Ram refuses Senthil's pleas to get admitted because of his love for Janani. To save himself, Ram then goes on a pilgramage, causing further anguish. Janani notices and asks Ram why he is acting weird. Later, at a club, Ram punches a drunk rowdy trying to misbehave with Janani, and later he and Senthil are beat up by his gang, but when the rowdy tries to kill him Ram beats up the gang. Ram spends time in the hospital as his condition worsens, but Janani becomes frustrated with Ram not telling her where he went. Ram, in a manic state, tries to kill Janani but is stopped by Senthil.

Ram gets his company shares to be transferred to Janani, and wants Senthil to leave him to see her. Senthil refuses, and Ram suddenly bashes his head against a steering wheel, rendering him unconscious. Ram tearfully says goodbye to Senthil and leaves the car. In the present, Senthil and Janani are both crying profusely. As he goes to Janani's bedroom and watches her sleep, he suddenly hallucinates seeing a young girl saying "Either kill her or you die." Terrified, he immediately gets away from her bed. He goes to his office and writes a suicide note while the hallucinations continue. Ram picks up a knife and slits his throat, saying his final words, "I love you, Janani". The film ends with Janani wailing in grief as she learns her husband's fate.



Aishwarya stated that the script was written with Shruti Haasan in mind, but the actress was initially unavailable to do the film. Aishwarya signed Amala Paul to the role after being impressed by her work in Mynaa.[3] This film's press meet was held at the Star City Hotel on 5 August 2011 in Chennai with the director, the cinematographer and the lead pair, Dhanush and Amala Paul.[4]

The film was originally meant to begin its first schedule in October 2011 but in a turn of events, Dhanush had free dates in August and September 2011. However, Amala Paul was unavailable to start the film early and left the project, and Shruti Haasan joined the team after her Telugu film was delayed.[5][6][7]


The soundtrack and score for this film is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. This film marks the debut of Anirudh as a music composer. The song "Why This Kolaveri Di" was released as a single by Sony Music on 16 November 2011. This song written and performed by Dhanush, became one of the most streamed songs of all time. It also featured in the "Recently Most Popular (Gold) Videos" on YouTube. The full soundtrack album was released at a launch event, held on 23 December 2011, and gained extremely positive reviews.


The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV.[8] The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The film released on 30 March 2012. Its Hindi dubbed version was supposed to release on 29 May 2012. But it remained unreleased.[9] The film released with 1000 prints in Tamil.[10] The film released in 1250 screens worldwide for both versions.

Telugu movie producer and distributor Natti Kumar reportedly said that out of the Rs. 60  million (US$1.33 million approximately) he spent on distribution rights and publicity, he had been able to recover only Rs. 47.0 million (US$0.83 million approximately).[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Vishnupriya Bhandaram of The Hindu wrote "Aishwarya R. Dhanush takes a twisted look at love and its meaning – when you put someone before your own existence – comes across as profound, underlining theme in the film. It fades out as a moving and tragic ode to romance, to the grand idea called 'love'".[12] Moviebuzz of Sify called the film "poignant", quoting that "On the whole, 3 has its heart in the right place, though the second half seem scattered. Overlook these faults, and make it a point to watch 3".[13] One India concluded that "3 is an engaging tale backed by wonderful performances of Dhanush and Shruti Hassan" and rated it 60 out of 100.[14] Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff rated the movie 3 out of 5, saying that "There are certain moments in 3 that defy logic at times, and sentiment rules the roost, but Aishwarya Dhanush has chosen to present a take on romance that is appealing in its freshness. The lead actors help as well. Her little thriller-twist aside, 3 is a movie that is an ode to romance, above all else."[15] L Romal M Singh of DNA India gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, commenting that "We do not think anyone would want to watch the movie again, only because it demands too much from you emotionally. We however, plan to watch this movie once more and walk out during the interval, we’d advise the romantics to do the same."[16]

In rated the film 3.5 out of 5, claiming that "3 is average and not worth watching in the theaters. Better wait for the DVD! It fails to meet the expectations and works only in parts, but Aishwarya had shown promise by taking a serious subject in her very first film".[17] Behindwoods rated the film 3 stars out of 5, commenting that "3 has good performances, but is let down by slower narration".[18] An IANS reviewer gave the movie a negative review, commenting that "Neither a joyous love story nor a serious movie, '3' actually stands in between."[19] Rohit Ramachandran of NowRunning gave the movie a negative rating of 1.5 on a scale of 5, stating that "3 is a heartless comedy involving mentally imbalanced characters, only one of which is lucky to have been diagnosed. This is not a safe place for you to be."[20]


2nd South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Best Actor - Dhanush
  • Best Lyricist - Dhanush for "Kannazhaga"
  • Best Male Playback Singer - Dhanush for "Why This Kolaveri Di"
  • Nominated—Best Actress - Shruti Haasan
  • Nominated—Best Music Director - Anirudh Ravichander.
  • Nominated—Best Male Playback Singer - Mohit Chauhan for "Po Nee Po"
  • Nominated—Best Female Playback Singer - Shruti Haasan for "Kannazhaga"
  • Nominated—Best Female Playback Singer - Shweta Mohan for "Nee Partha Vizhigal"
  • Nominated—Best Debutant Producer - Dhanush
  • Nominated—Best Debutant Director - Aishwarya Dhanush
60th Filmfare Awards South
Asiavision Awards
  • Excellence in Tamil - Shruti Hassan[22]
Vijay Awards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Movie 3 to be auctioned". Behindwoods.com. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Aishwarya R. Dhanush to debut as director with '3' - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Shruti Haasan rejects Rajinikanth's film — Entertainment — DNA". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  4. ^ "When Will Aishwarya Direct Rajini?". Behindwoods.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  5. ^ "My dates could not be reworked: Amala Paul". Sify. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Shruti Haasan replaces Amala Paul!". Sify. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  7. ^ Shankar (3 December 2011). "3 is my first and last movie under Aishwarya's direction — Dhanush - Oneindia Tamil". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Aishwarya Dhanush does it with a difference". Behindwoods. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  9. ^ "'3' from March 30". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Dhanush's '3' to hit the screens on March 30". 28 February 2012. CNN-IBN. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Dhanush-Shruti's 3 fails at the box office". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  12. ^ Vishnupriya Bhandaram. "3 Review by The Hindu". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  13. ^ Moviebuzz. "3 is poignant: Sify". Sify.
  14. ^ "3 Review by Oneindia". One India.
  15. ^ Pavithra Srinivasan. "3 Review by Rediff". Rediff.
  16. ^ L Romal M Singh. "Review: 3 (Tamil)". DNA India.
  17. ^ "3 Review:Makes you sulk in the second half". In. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  18. ^ "3 Review by Behindwoods Review Board". Behindwoods.
  19. ^ IANS. "Tamil Review: '3' is neither joyous nor serious". CNN-IBN.
  20. ^ NowRunning. "3 Review by NowRunning". Rohit Ramachandran.
  21. ^ ""South Indian movie stars honoured in run-up to awards ceremony"date=23 Oct 2012". The Gulf Today. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012.
  22. ^ ""South Indian movie stars honoured in run-up to awards ceremony"". The Gulf Today. 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012.

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