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Official VCD Cover
|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|
|Box office||₹6 crore|
Arul (English: Grace) is a 2004 Indian Tamil 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 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. 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, so 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 does not believe in love and keeps his distance from her. One day, when Bala scolds Arul in the temple, Kanmani stands up for Arul. Bala insults Kanmani by telling her, "Arul's siblings are keeping quiet. Why are you making noise as though you have slept with him?" 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. How Arul defeats the bad guys form the rest of the story.
- Vikram as Arulkumaran "Arul"
- Jyothika as Kanmani Arulkumaran
- Pasupathy as MLA Gajapathy
- Kollam Thulasi as Minister Sethupathy
- Vadivelu as Thangam
- Sathyan as Senthil
- Aarthi as Neelaveni (Kanmani Young Sister's)
- Manobala as Customer
- Ponnambalam as Paalayamkottai Kaasilingam
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Bala Aasari (Arul's father)
- Sujatha as Arul's mother
- Saranya Ponvannan as Arul's sister
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Arul's Brother
- K. S. Ravikumar as Union Leader Thiruppathi
- Charan Raj as Police Inspector
- Rekha as Gajapathy's wife
- Sarath Babu as Chief Doctor
- Vaiyapuri as Arul's Friend
- Sivanarayana Moorthy as Textile Shop Owner
- Besant Ravi
- "Minnal" Deepa
- Priyanka as Begger 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||16th April, 2004|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|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|
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
- Summer rains ruin Arul opening weekend