Arasu (2003 film)

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Directed bySuresh
Produced byBabu Raaja
Written bySuresh
Screenplay bySuresh
Story bySuresh
StarringR. Sarathkumar
Sai Kumar
Delhi Ganesh
CinematographyY. N. Murali
Edited byV. Jaishankar
JJ Good Films
Distributed bySuper Good Films
Release date
14 April 2003

Arasu (Kingdom) is an Indian 2003 Tamil action masala film starring R. Sarathkumar, Roja, Simran, Sai Kumar, Vadivelu, and Delhi Ganesh. The film was directed by Suresh. The score and soundtrack was composed by Mani Sharma. This film was declared as a Super-Hit in the box office.

It was remade in Kannada as Indra with Darshan reprising the dual roles played by Kumar.


The movie starts with Arasu (Sarathukumar) murdering a person in Mumbai and soon the story shifts to Kumbakonam where Arasu is employed in a temple by Venu Shastri (Delhi Ganesh). Arasu’s calm nature and responsible behavior impresses everyone in the locality. Meera (Simran), Venu Shastri’s daughter falls in love with Arasu. One day, Arasu sees the news about the release of a criminal from jail and gets angered. He also kills the criminal with the help of a few men.

Everyone in Kumbakonam gets shocked knowing that Arasu is a murderer. Arasu meets Venu Shastri’s family to disclose the truth. A flashback is shown where Arasu is the only son of Nataraj (Sarath Kumar – dual role) who is fondly called as periyavar by his followers in Chennai. Periyavar is a good natured don striving hard for the welfare of the poor and slum dwellers in Chennai. Sivagami (Roja) is Periyavar’s wife.

Sabapathy (Sai Kumar) is a rich business tycoon who goes to any extent for earning money. Trouble erupts between Sabapathy and Periyavar following which Sabapathy is arrested and sentenced to imprisonment for his illegal activities which led to death of a few young girls. As a means of revenge, Sabapathy’s brother (Riyaz Khan) and his henchmen kill Periyavar and Sivagami. Arasu is angered and vows revenge against Sabapathy and his men. Hearing this, Venu Shastri and Meera understand Arasu’s position and decide to save him by not disclosing his whereabouts to policemen.

Despite all the attempts by police to arrest Arasu, he successfully kills Sabapathy and surrenders to police. He is sentenced to imprisonment and gets released after 5 years. In the end, he comes to meet Meera and both get united.



These 5 songs in Arasu are composed by Mani Sharma.

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 Aalaana Dhegam Engum Anuradha Sriram Kabilan
2 Bull Bull Thara Pop Shalini Kalaikumar
3 Ilesha Kattumaram Tippu, Kalpana Raghavendar
4 Kattha Kattha Karthik, Ganga Kabilan
5 Malligai Malligai Vijay Yesudas, Sujatha


The film marked the debut of Suresh who had worked with directors like Maharajan (Vallarasu), Dharani, and Lingusamy.

Most of the shooting took place at Kumbakonam, in and around the temple areas. Other locations were Mumbai and Kolkata. A fight scene was picturised at the Kumbakonam market area. Five cameras were used and it took ten days to shoot the fight scene. The scene choreographed by Peter Hayen and canned by cinematographer Y. N. Murali, was shot amidst a large crowd including the hero, some stuntmen, character artistes and the locals. Close-up shots of the fight scene was shot again in Chennai Studio where a set resembling the market place was erected.[1]


After this film, Suresh again collaborated with Sarath Kumar for films like Gambeeram and Nam Naadu.

Critical reception[edit]

Sify wrote:"the narration is told in a gripping fashion with all the essential ‘masalas’ like punchy dialogues, action, song ‘n’ dance and item numbers".[2] Balaji wrote:"The movie presents the revenge tale in the style of Rajnikanth's Baasha and is quite entertaining".[3]