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For the Tamil writer, see Aadhavan Sundaram.
Aadhavan movie.jpg
Directed by K. S. Ravikumar
Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin
Written by K. S. Ravikumar
Screenplay by K. S. Ravikumar
Story by Ramesh Khanna
Starring Suriya
B. Saroja Devi
Rahul Dev
Anand Babu
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Ganesh Rajavelu
Edited by Don Max
Distributed by Red Giant Movies
Ayngaran International (UK)
FiveStar (Malaysia)[1]
Release dates
17 October 2009 (2009-10-17)
Running time
168 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 25 crore (US$3.8 million)[2]

Aadhavan is a 2009 Tamil action film directed by K. S. Ravikumar and written by Ramesh Khanna. The film features Surya Sivakumar in the title role along with Nayantara in lead roles and Murali, Vadivelu, Anand Babu, Ramesh Khanna, B. Saroja Devi, Rahul Dev, Sayaji Shinde in its supporting cast. The music is composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film released on 17 October 2009. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Ghatikudu.[3] It is also dubbed into Hindi as Dildaar The Arya.


Aadhavan (Suriya) is a professional assassin working with his father Ibrahim Rowther (Sayaji Shinde) and brother Tharani (Anand Babu). Doctor Abdul Kulkarni(Rahul Dev) hires Aadhavan to kill prominent Judge Subramaniam (Murali), since he is handling the inquiry and verdict on Abdul's child kidnapping, murder and organ trafficking cases in Kolkata. Aadhavan attempts to murder Subramaniam but fails at the first attempt. After Abdul insults him for his inability, Aadhavan is angry with himself and promises to kill Subramaniam within ten days. He threatens the Judge's comical servant Bannerjee (Vadivelu) to help him get into the house as Murugan, Bannerjee's brother in law, while he locks up the actual Murugan(Sathyan) in his ship.

Slowly Aadhavan begins to win over the members of Subramaniam's household - his mother (B. Saroja Devi), his beautiful niece Thara (Nayantara) and his other relatives. He tries to assassinate the judge at home in the middle of the night and also plants a bomb in Subramaniam's van, but both attempts fail. Meanwhile, Subramaniam's entire family is on a trip to Darjeeling, and Thara asks Aadhavan to hide a guitar belonging to Ilaiyaman (Ramesh Khanna), her madcap musician cousin. Aadhavan uses this opportunity and plants a mobile bomb in the guitar and places it in one of the cars which explodes at the wrong time and he fails to kill Subramaniam yet again. Meanwhile, a security officer at Subramaniam's house keeps informing Abdul Kulkarni of Aadhavan's entry into the house and all his progresses and failed attempts.

Thara is now suspicious about Aadhavan but when she questions him in secret, he informs her that he is really Subramaniam's long lost runaway son Madhavan. Thara soon informs all the members of the household about Madhavan and they are overjoyed. However, they hide it from Subramaniam alone, because of his hatred towards Madhavan. Aadhavan, however tells Bannerjee that he lied to Thara about Madhavan to distract her suspicion, and that he really is not that runaway son at all. However on Thara's birthday, a flashback reveals that Aadhavan is indeed the runaway Madhavan.

Years ago, a ten-year-old Madhavan unknowingly carries a gift with a hidden bomb for his cousin Thara's birthday. His friend's mother plants the bomb in the toy to avenge Subramaniam for her husband's jail sentence. Though Thara survives, her mother Anu(Anu Hassan), opens the box and is killed along with her husband in the explosion. Subramaniam blames Madhavan for his sister Anu's death and for his friendship with a gangster's son and thrashes him. In anger and fear of going to a juvenile prison, Madhavan steals a gun from the cops and accidentally shoots his father and runs away from home. He saves a local goon, Ibrahim Rowther from death, and is in turn adopted as his son and rechristened as Aadhavan.

Coming back to the present, Abdul Kulkarni is fed up with the repeated failed attempts of Aadhavan. So he makes another plan and threatens Ibrahim and his gang to surrender to the police and make a confession about Aadhavan and his plans. When the Assistant Commissioner of police,(Riyaz Khan) confronts Aadhavan and is about to have him hauled off, Aadhavan gets Subramaniam's laptop containing the verdict and inquiry reports, takes him and Thara as hostages and drives away. In the meanwhile, the police commissioner (FEFSI Vijayan) arrives and makes a confession that the police actually had caught him after his very first attempt to kill the Judge had failed. When questioned by the commissioner, Aadhavan said that he backed off and misfired on purpose at the last moment, after he found that he was going to kill his own father. The Police then ask him to go back to the house to protect his father over a twenty four-hour period everyday. This information is relayed to the Judge who is tearfully grateful to his son. Meanwhile, Abdul Kulkarni attacks the vehicle in which the trio are travelling and a fight ensues where Aadhavan saves his father and Thara and Kulkarny is killed.

As the credits roll, we see that Madhavan and Thara are now married and live in the household with the huge family, and yet again Bannerjee brings two assistants, (K.S.Ravikumar) and (Udhayanidhi Stalin) to help him and asks approval from Madhavan and he gladly approves.



The song "Eno Eno Panithuli" was shot at Iceland, making Aadhavan the first South Indian film to be shot there.[4] Shooting also took place at the Chettinad Palace.[5]


The soundtrack features 6 tracks composed by Harris Jayaraj, Lrics are penned by Vaali, Pa. Vijay, Na. Muthukumar. The soundtrack was released on 19 August by S. Shankar.

Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Released 19 August 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Soundtrack
Label Think Music
Ayngaran Music
An Ak Audio
Producer Harris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Track Song Singers Length (min:sec) Lyrics
1 "Hasili Fisili" Karthik, Harini, Dr. Burn, Maya 05:25 Pa. Vijay
2 "Yeno Yeno Panithuli" Shail Hada, Sudha Raghunathan, Andrea Jeremiah 05:15 Thamarai
3 "Dammaku Dammaku" Benny Dayal 05:00 Na. Muthukumar
4 "Vaarayo Vaarayo" Unnikrishnan, Chinmayi, Mega 05:24 Kabilan
5 "Dekho Dekho" Suvi Suresh, Sandhya, Sri Charan 05:29 Vaalee
6 "Maasi Maasi" Mano, Mega 05:34 Vaalee

Telugu tracklist[edit]

All Lyrics are written by Bhuvana Chandra.

Track Song Singers Length (min:sec) Lyrics
1 "Asale Pilla " Karthik, Benny Dayal, Harini, Maya 05:25 Bhuvana Chandra
2 "Edo Edo" Shail Hada, Sudha Raghunathan, Andrea Jeremiah 05:15 Bhuvana Chandra
3 "Dammaku Dammaku" Benny Dayal 05:00 Bhuvana Chandra
4 "Mrogindi" Rahul Nambiar, Chinmayi, Mega 05:24 Bhuvana Chandra
5 "Dekho Dekho" Suvi Suresh, Sandhya, Sri Charan 05:29 Bhuvana Chandra
6 "Maasi Maasi" Mano, Mega 05:34 Bhuvana Chandra
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Behindwoods 3/5 stars[6]

Critical response[edit]

The album received positive reviews from critics, with praise being dedicated to the songs "Hasili Fisile" and "Vaarayo Vaarayo". Malathy Sundaram from Behindwoods said "There is a lot of technical finesse to this album. What surprises us here is the banality of the lyrics! One would have expected better lyrics from all these songwriters!Harris Jayaraj has consciously used various instruments to add appeal to this album."[6] Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff said "Harris Jeyaraj is one of those composers who is not capable of turning out bad stuff even on a bad day, this album stands out from a mile away."[7][8] Due to the album's critical and commercial success, Harris Jayaraj received the Vijay Award for Best Music Director and was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Kalaignar.


Behindwoods gave a 2.5 out of 5 and gave a verdict "Carefree commercial – Conditions apply".[9] Sify.com gave a positive review stating "Ranging through a wide field of comedy laced with action, Aadhavan is good fun while it lasts. It’s a roller-coaster ride of pure unadulterated masala".[10]

Rediff rated the movie with 2.5 out of 5 stars and ended the review with "Aadhavan is uncomplicated, clean, fun, and doesn't expect you to take it seriously."[11] Nowrunning.com also rated it as 2.5 on 5 and Aravindan D I specially said "Aadhavan could have been good entertainment, but is marred by inconsistent script."[12] while Indiaglitz gave the verdict "above average" and stated "Aadhavan is a movie that would bring joy to mass action lovers and front-benchers.".[13] Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu wrote "Post-interval, you have to wait quite a while for some concrete action from Aadhavan, the Infallible!"[14]

Box office[edit]

The movie collected 85 million worldwide in its opening weekend. This movie also had a high collection in Malaysia as well as UK.[15] Overseas, the film grossed about $1,541,485, approximately 75 million.[16] The film was declared a hit at the box office.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
2009 Vijay Awards[18] Best Entertainer Suriya Won
Best Male Playback Karthik
(Hasili Fisili)
Best Female Playback Chinmayi
(Vaarayo Vaarayo)
Best Music Director Harris Jayaraj Won
Icon of the Year Suriya Won
Best Actor Surya Sivakumar Nominated
Best Comedian Vadivelu Nominated
Best Art Director Rajeevan Nominated
Best Choreographer Shobi
(Damakku Damakku)
Favourite Film Udhayanidhi Stalin Nominated
Favourite Director K. S. Ravikumar Nominated
Favourite Hero Suriya Nominated
Favourite Heroine Nayantara Nominated
Favourite Song Harris Jayaraj
(Hasili Fisili)


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  5. ^ Aadhavan team flees to Iceland. Kollywood Today (2009-06-19). Retrieved on 2014-03-21.
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  7. ^ "Aadhavan's music is mediocre". Rediff. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
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  12. ^ – Indian Movies, showitmes, reviews, videos – Indian movie portal. Nowrunning.com. Retrieved on 2014-03-21.
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  15. ^ "It's Bumper Diwali for Kollywood – Economic Times". The Times of India. 
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