Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sundar C.|
|Written by||Venkat Raghavan|
|Screenplay by||Sundar C,|
|Music by||Hiphop Tamizha|
|Cinematography||U. K. Senthil Kumar|
|Distributed by||Sri Thenandal Films|
|Box office||₹39 crore (US$5.6 million)|
Aranmanai 2 (pronunciation (help·info)) is a 2016 Tamil comedy horror film written and directed by Sundar C. The film stars Sundar C himself, Siddharth, Trisha, Hansika Motwani, Soori, Kovai Sarala and Manobala with Vaibhav Reddy in a guest appearance. A stand-alone sequel to the successful 2014 film Aranmanai, the film released on 29 January 2016 and was later dubbed into Telugu as Kalavathi and in Hindi as Rajmahal 2 by Goldmines Telefilms in the same year. The movie was a box office success.
The movie starts with the Amman statue that was guarding the village from evil spirits and negative energy being moved into an underground room during the temple's renovation. At a graveyard somewhere close to the temple a group of tantric practitioners capitalise on the Amman being made dormant to awaken evil spirits for black magic purposes. During the ritual they inadvertently release a demonic entity that they could not contain. The evil spirit then leaves the graveyard in the form of cloud and moves into the village. The village mendicant-holyman notices the evil spirit and chases after it, but could not prevent it from entering the titular palace. Being mute, his pleadings to warn the palace owner (Radha Ravi) is ignored. Later that night, the spirit attacks the owner who then falls and goes into a coma. His elder son Ramesh (Subbu Panchu), arrives with his wife Sandhya (Vinodhini Vaidyanathan) and their son Suresh (Nithin Manivannann). Together with them are his younger brother, Murali (Siddharth) and his fiancé Anitha (Trisha Krishnan). Devadas (Soori) arrives as well, in disguise as his father, Sandhu Bondu Naadimuthu (Soori) who was a doctor and had contact with the land owners.
One night the family driver (Raj Kapoor) is killed. after a few nights, Suresh does crazy things and says that someone is telling him to do so. Also Murali sees his father being elevated above the bed and gets scared. Anitha who also sees these things decides to call her brother, Ravi (Sundar C.). One night Ravi sees Suresh drowning and rescues him. He initially suspects Manju (Poonam Bajwa), who was hired by the family as a nurse for Murali's father, but he soon realizes it is not her since she has a different agenda. After that he sets up cameras around the house. A couple of nights later the elder brother goes missing and Ravi sees it. With the cameras he is able to identify the spirit that is causing havoc. Murali identifies her as Maya (Hansika Motwani), his younger sister.
Maya was loved by all, especially by her father and Murali. She was also the owner of Maya Granites shown in the song Maya Maya. On the day before her marriage, she eloped with one of the workers' son (Vaibhav Reddy) and the whole family was shocked and felt disgraced. Three years later in Bangalore, when Murali sees that she is pregnant, he passes the good news to his father and brother as they arrive to their house. Their father asks Maya to come back home to which she agrees. On the day she was supposed to arrive, Maya didn't show up, and Murali thought she had changed her mind. Later Ravi tells that it's not true. Maya and her husband got off a stop earlier since her elder brother wanted them to arrive home safely. While traveling in a Jeep on the way to their palace, Maya's husband was stabbed by the driver. After that he instructed Maya to go into hiding. But this plan failed when Maya's father arrived and told her to drink poison since she disgraced her family's name and status by marrying someone who belonged to a lower caste. Maya agrees to her father's words with a condition that her husband's life should be spared. After she drank the poison Maya's elder brother killed her husband in front of her which made Maya vow that she will end the male generation in her family, before her father chokes her to death. Ravi also tells that her primary target is Murali, since he told their father and elder brother about her whereabouts and also Suresh. Manju tells that her uncle is a priest and lives near the Kerala border.
Ravi goes with Manju to the priest whose disciples at first refused to offer a helping hand because the priest is just recuperating from myocardial infarction (heart attack). But before they leave, the priest decides to help them and starts the pooja. After a few moments, the priest informs that Maya has possessed someone in the palace and it is revealed to be Anitha. It is also shown that Anitha killed Murali's elder brother and also poisons her father-in-law as an act of revenge, even though he managed to recover from his coma. Ravi decides to find Maya's corpse, while Murali, Suresh, and Manju try to distract Anitha by taking the entire family to a restaurant. Their main goal is to get Anitha's blood and put some holy ink on her hair. They manage to get her blood when she is cutting an apple, and one of the assistants (Manobala) manages to put the ink before getting thrashed by Anitha/Maya. There Anitha goes to the house and tries to kill Murali and Suresh. However it fails and the priest manages to get Maya out of Anitha. Later Ravi and the priest decide to kill the spirit and the only way is to be possessed by the spirit and stab its own corpse. Ravi manages to do it and completes it but the priest gets chest pain and he tells Murali that their only hope is to go to the Amman Pooja that is happening in their village temple as Amman is their final hope. Murali and Suresh get there with Ravi possessed by Maya trying to stop them. When Ravi is about to kill Murali, Amman uses her powers and prevents Maya's spirit from killing Murali and Suresh. Before she leaves, she sees her brother Murali who sheds tears for what had happened to his beloved sister. Before Maya disappears she smiles at the Amman. After this incident, Murali, Suresh and Anitha reunite and Ravi reunites with Manju leaving the Aranmanai in the hands of the caretakers. As everyone leaves the palace, Maya's spirit enters a doll and returns to the palace waiting for the right time to swing back into action. The movie ends with a hint of a sequel.
- Hansika Motwani as Maya, Spirit
- Trisha Krishnan as Anitha
- Poonam Bajwa as Manju
- Radharavi as Ramesh, Murali and Maya's father
- Subbu Panchu as Ramesh, Maya's brother
- Vinodhini Vaidyanathan as Sandhya, Murali's sister-in-law
- Soori as Devadas & Sandhu Bondhu Naadimuthu
- Kovai Sarala as Komalam
- Manobala as Komalam's Brother
- Raj Kapoor as Driver
- Chithra Lakshmanan as Ravi and Anitha's Father
- V. I. S. Jayapalan as Namboothiri
- Dhindukal Saravanan as Devadas's assistant
- Thalapathy Dinesh as Namboothiri's assistant
- Vichu Vishwanath
- Vaibhav Reddy as Arun (special appearance)
- Khushboo in a special appearance for "Amma (the Amman song)"
The project's progress was first officially revealed after Trisha had tweeted her involvement in the sequel and revealed that she would feature alongside Siddharth in the leading roles. Hansika Motwani subsequently also announced that she would work in Aranmanai 2. Poonam Bajwa was later selected for the role. Soori was selected as a comedian replacing N. Santhanam who was part of first film. Kovai Sarala and Aadukalam Naren were also added to the cast to portray supporting roles. The team began the first schedule in mid-June 2015, with scenes involving Hansika canned.
The film's second schedule was begun in July where portions involving Trisha and Siddarth were shot. A song sequence involving dancers from Kerala and cast including Siddarth, Trisha, Soori and Kovai Sarala was also canned. The team created a 103 feet statue of the goddess for a song sequence. The principal photography of the film came to an end in mid September and the post production work started.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||27 December 2015|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Think Music India|
|Hiphop Tamizha chronology|
The film's soundtrack album and background score were composed by Hiphop Tamizha. The soundtrack album consist of six tracks. The music rights were purchased by Think Music India. The album was released on 27 December 2015. Independent singer Kaushik Krish (who earlier recorded "Kannala Kannala", also composed by Hiphop Tamizha for Thani Oruvan) announced in September 2015 that he was working on a single track from the album, though his name did not appear on the track list.
|1.||"Party With The Pei"||Hiphop Tamizha||Adhi Hiphop Tamizha, Kharesma Ravichandran||3:35|
|2.||"Maayaa Maayaa"||Vivek||Kailash Kher, Padmalatha||4:20|
|3.||"Poraadaa Poraadaa"||Hiphop Tamizha||Adhi Hiphop Tamizha||3:38|
|4.||"Kuchi Mittai"||Hiphop Tamizha||Anthony Daasan||4:12|
|5.||"Amma" (the Amman song)||Piraisoodan||Malathi Lakshman, Adhi Hiphop Tamizha, Vishnu Priya, Anthony Daasan||4:40|
|6.||"Aranmanai 2" (Instrumental)||Hiphop Tamizha||2:31|
The promotional song of the film 'Party with the Pei' was released on 10 November 2015 coinciding with the Deepavali. The film was announced to be released for Pongal 2016. Then, the release date was pushed to 29 January 2016.
The film released on 29 January 2016 in more than 400 screens in Tamil Nadu.
IndiaGlitz.com had rated 2.5/5 by saying "Aranmanai 2 isn't a genius of a story, it dwells mainly on some slapstick humor, the performances of Hansika, Trisha, Kovai Sarala and Soori, and some real good camera & Art work behind the scenes". Times of India rated the film 2.5/5 and wrote "Despite toeing so closely to the original's formula and being equally unpretentious, Aranmanai-2 feels underwhelming. The horror scenes not even remotely scary (though, the visual effects continue to be tacky). The cast and the director seem to be coasting along with a 'people will see this movie no matter what' attitude, and it is this blatant acknowledgment of the film being just a cash grab that is most disappointing". Behindwoods rated the film 2.25/5.0. Sify wrote "Sundar C’s Aranmanai 2 is a pucca paisa vasool popcorn entertainer, which is packaged with all the commercial trappings like glamour, slapstick comedy and thrilling moments. Set in a familiar milieu, one can easily predict each and every scene and the film will work big time with common man seeking pure time pass entertainment". Silverscreen wrote "At a time when a younger generation of film makers in Kollywood are coming up with well-made horror films like Maya, Pisaasu and Demonte Colony, Aranmanai 2 looks like a grinch in a hip Bengaluru pub. Out of place and awkward".
The film grossed an excellent amount of 18 crores in its opening weekend in Tamil Nadu, beating its competitor Irudhi Suttru. The film collects 39 crores worldwide and was declared a box office success.
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