Arasu (2003 film)

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Directed by Suresh
Produced by Babu Raaja
Written by Suresh
Screenplay by Suresh
Story by Suresh
Starring R. Sarathkumar
Delhi Ganesh
Roja Selvamani
Kiran Rathod
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Y. N. Murali
Edited by V. Jaishankar
JJ Good Films
Distributed by Super Good Films
Release date
14 April 2003[1]
Language Tamil

Arasu (English: Kingdom) is a 2003 Tamil film starring R. Sarathkumar, Simran, Delhi Ganesh, Vadivelu, Roja Selvamani, Kiran Rathod and directed by Suresh. The score and soundtrack was composed by Mani Sharma. This film was a 'hit' in the box office.

It was remade in Kannada as Indra with Darshan.



The film opens with Arasu (Sarath Kumar) murdering a person in Mumbai. Later the story shifts to Kumbakonam where he is an assistant to a temple priest (Delhi Ganesh). Soon the priest’s daughter Meera (Simran) falls in love with Arasu. At the stroke of interval Arasu sheds his mask and murders a rowdy who is out from jail and this shocks everybody. Then in a flashback he tells that his father (Sarath Kumar)believes in taking law into his hands and his wife Sivahaamy (roja) will be support with him and so had lot of enemies. When he confronts a bad guy (Sai Kumar) and humiliates him, the villains later kills Arasu’s father along with his wife . The rest of the story is how Arasu takes revenge for killing his parents .


These 5 songs in Arasu are composed by Mani Sharma.


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.[2]


After this film, Suresh again collaborated with Sarathkumar 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".[3] Balaji wrote:"The movie presents the revenge tale in the style of Rajnikanth's Baasha and is quite entertaining".[4]