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|Produced by||T. Rama Rao (Presenter)|
T. Ajay Kumar
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Distributed by||Lakshmi Productions [P].LTD|
|1 May 2004|
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.
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.
- Vikram as Arulkumaran "Arul"
- Jyothika as Kanmani Arulkumaran
- Pasupathy as MLA Gajapathy
- Kollam Thulasi as Minister Sethupathy
- Vadivelu as Thangam
- Sathyan as Senthilkumaran
- Aarthi as Neelaveni, Kanmani's Young Sister
- Manobala as Customer
- Ponnambalam as Paalayamkottai Kasilingam
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Baladhandayuthapani / Bala Aasari, Arul's father
- Sujatha as Sornam, Arul's mother
- Saranya Ponvannan as Bhagyam Arul's sister
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Thirukumaran Arul's Brother
- K. S. Ravikumar as Union Leader Thirupathy, Arul's brother-in-law
- Kuyili as Kanmani and Neelaveni's mother
- Vanitha Krishnachandran
- Charan Raj as Police Inspector
- Rekha as Gajapathy's wife
- Sarath Babu as Chief Doctor Viswanathan
- Vaiyapuri as Arul's Friend
- Sivanarayana Moorthy as Textile Shop Owner
- Besant Ravi
- Minnal Deepa
- Priyanka as Beggar lady
- Chaya Singh as Ponni (Cameo)
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. Vivek was originally a part of the cast but fell out with the director and was subsequently replaced by Vadivelu in the film.
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.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||15 April 2004|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Harris Jayaraj collaborating with Hari and Vikram for the third time.
|1.||"Arul Theme" (Instrumental)||1:33|
|2.||"Ukkadathu Papadame"||Na. Muthukumar||Tippu, L. R. Easwari, Theni Kunjarammal||5:29|
|4.||"Patthu Viral"||Vairamuthu||S. P. Balasubramanyam, Swarnalatha, Vasundhara Das||5:18|
|5.||"Punnakunnu"||Na. Muthukumar||Tippu, Sriram Parthasarathy, Manikka Vinayagam||4:44|
|6.||"Soodamani"||Snehan||Ranjith, Pop Shalini||4:46|
- Rangarajan, Malathi (7 May 2004). "Arul". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 June 2019.[dead link]