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Arul VCD Cover.jpg
Official VCD Cover
Directed by Hari
Produced by T. Rama Rao (Presenter)
T. Ajay Kumar
Written by Hari
Starring Vikram
Sarath Babu
K. S. Ravikumar
Saranya Ponvannan
Kollam Thulasi
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Priyan
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Lakshmi Productions [P].LTD
Release date
1 May 2004
Running time
163 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 60 crore

Arul (English: Grace) is a 2004 Indian Tamil action family drama film written and directed by Hari starring Vikram, Jyothika, Pasupathy, Vadivelu, Sarath Babu, Vinu Chakravarthy and Vaiyapuri. The music is composed by Harris Jayaraj. The story tells how a man is rejected by his family but then finds his way back. The film opened to mixed reviews from both critics as well as audience.

The film was dubbed in Telugu as Akhandudu and in Hindi as Main Balwaan.


Arul (Vikram), who works in a mill, is the third son of four brothers in a family of goldsmiths. Once, Arul's brother steals a chain due to financial circumstances. As Arul had taken the blame for it, he was labelled as a "thief" and seen as a black sheep by his father Bala Aasari (Vinu Chakravarthy). Thus, he vows never to make a gold ornament ever again. He takes up a job and pays for his expenses. Kanmani (Jyothika), who moves into the opposite house, begins by playing tricks on Arul, but eventually falls for his character. Arul doesn't believe in love and keeps his distance from her. One day, when Arul's father scolds him in the temple, Kanmani stands up for him. Arul's father insults her by telling her, "Arul's siblings are keeping quiet. Why are you making noise as though you have slept with him?" In a fit of anger, Arul marries Kanmani and realizes his love for her. The setting up of the party office of the ruling party forces Arul to lock horns with MLA Gajapathy (Pasupathy) and his brother Sethupathy (Kollam Thulasi), the party leader. How Arul defeats the bad guys form the rest of the story.



After the success of Saamy, Hari decided to renew the collaboration with Vikram for second time with Arul. Jyothika was selected as heroine pairing with Vikram for second time after Dhool.[1] Vivek was originally a part of the cast but fell out with the director and was subsequently replaced by Vadivelu in the film.[2]

A 45 days' shooting schedule took place at Coimbatore, where Vikram, Jyotika and Vadivelu took part. A song sequence was also picturised on Vikram and Chaya Singh who's been roped in to do the single dance number. Fifty dancers took part in the dance number choreographed by Dinesh. The dance picturisation took six days to be completed.[3]


Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Released 2004
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Five Star Audio
Hit Music
Vega Music
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Thotti Jaya

The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Harris Jayaraj collaborating with Hari and Vikram for the third time. Lyrics were written by Vairamuthu , Na. Muthukumar and Snehan.

Track list
1."Arul" Theme 
2."Marudha Malai Adivaram"Na. MuthukumarTippu, L. R. Easwari, Theni Kunjarammal05:32
3."Oddiyaanam"VairamuthuHariharan, Srimathumitha05:03
4."Patthu Viral"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubramanyam, Swarnalatha, Vasundhara Das05:20
5."Punnakunnu"Na. MuthukumarTippu, Sriram Parthasarathy, Manikka Vinayagam04:47
6."Soodamani"SnehanRanjith, Pop Shalini04:48


Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews.[4] Nowrunning stated the film as "long, stale, tedious and drab".[5] Sify wrote:"If you like Rambo style of films, Arul is worth investing".[6]

Box office[edit]

Unexpected and untimely summer rains all over Tamil Nadu dampened the box office and opening of Arul. The second weekend too was disrupted by polling day (May 10) campaigns. 6 core grossed 100 days in Tamil Nadu[7]


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