Arul

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Arul
Arul poster.jpg
Poster
Directed byHari
Produced byT. Rama Rao (Presenter)
T. Ajay Kumar
StarringVikram
Jyothika
Pasupathy
Kollam Thulasi
Vadivelu
Music byHarris Jayaraj
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Production
company
Distributed byLakshmi Productions [P].LTD
Release date
1 May 2004
Running time
163 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Arul (transl. Grace) is a 2004 Indian Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by Hari starring Vikram, Jyothika, Pasupathy, Kollam Thulasi, and Vadivelu, among others. 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 was dubbed in Telugu as Akhandudu and in Hindi as Main Balwaan.

Plot[edit]

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. Arul took the blame for it, was labelled as a thief, and was seen as a black sheep by his father Bala Aasari (Vinu Chakravarthy). Thus, he vows never to make a gold ornament ever again. Kanmani (Jyothika), who moves into his neighbourhood eventually falls for him .However Arul does not reciprocate . One day, when Bala scolds Arul at a family gathering , Kanmani stands up for him causing Bala to insult her. Soon, Arul marries Kanmani. The setting up of the party office of the ruling party forces Arul to lock horns with MLA Gajapathy (Pasupathy) and his brother Minister Sethupathy (Kollam Thulasi), the party leader.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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[edit]

Arul
Soundtrack album by
Released15 April 2004
Recorded2004
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length26:51
LabelHit Musics
Vega Music
Think Music
Bayshore
Divo
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Arasatchi
(2004)
Arul
(2004)
Thotti Jaya
(2005)

The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Harris Jayaraj collaborating with Hari and Vikram for the third time.

Track-ist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Arul Theme" (Instrumental)  1:33
2."Ukkadathu Papadame"Na. MuthukumarTippu, L. R. Easwari, Theni Kunjarammal5:29
3."Oddiyaanam"VairamuthuHariharan, Srimathumitha5:01
4."Patthu Viral"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubramanyam, Swarnalatha, Vasundhara Das5:18
5."Punnakunnu"Na. MuthukumarTippu, Sriram Parthasarathy, Manikka Vinayagam4:44
6."Soodamani"SnehanRanjith, Pop Shalini4:46
Total length:26:51

Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed to positive 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040616211703/http://www.chennaionline.com/reeltalk/12reeltalk3rd.asp
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040603215709/http://www.chennaionline.com/reeltalk/03reeltalk20th.asp
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040516194929/http://www.chennaionline.com/location/arul.asp
  4. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (7 May 2004). "Arul". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 June 2019.[dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.nowrunning.com/movie/1331/tamil/arul/204/review.htm
  6. ^ sify.com

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