|Produced by||Manoj Kumar
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Cinematography||K. V. Guhan|
|Edited by||V. Jaisankar|
|Distributed by||Rekha Combines|
Aarya is a 2007 Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Balasekaran and produced by Manoj Kumar. The film starred Madhavan and Bhavana in the lead roles, while Prakash Raj, Vadivelu and Tejashree appear in supporting roles. The film's music was composed by Mani Sharma, and the venture had a theatrical release across Tamil Nadu in August 2007.
Deepika (Bhavana) is an arrogant rich girl. A medical college student, she dictates terms at the college. Sister of local don Kasi (Prakash Raj), she is feared by students, professors and even the Dean of the College.
Enter Aariya (Madhavan), a final year student who comes to Chennai Medical College from Coimbatore. A soft-spoken Aariya runs into Deepika. They develop cold shoulders. In a fit of rage, she kidnaps Aariya's sister. But Aariya faces her challenges daringly. However, she soon falls in love with him.
But he is not ready to marry the sister of a ruffian. The remaining story tells us how the brother and sister put pressure on Aariya to become a rowdy so that Aariya's status is equal enough as Kasi's status so that Aariya can marry Kasi's sister Deepika.
Meanwhile, "Snake" Babu (Vadivelu) is elected the area councillor, and has a few encounters with Dr. Aariya, and one with Deepika. He is the main source of comic relief for the film.
- Madhavan as Aarya
- Bhavana as Deepika
- Prakash Raj as Kasi
- Vadivelu as Snake Babu
- Devan as the Headmaster
- Tejashree as Pooja
- Praveen Kumar as Vishwanathan
- Ponnambalam as Meesai Perumal
- Thalaivasal Vijay
- Crane Manohar
- Robert (special appearance in the "Jillendra")
- Simran Khan (special appearance)
R. Madhavan agreed to work on the film during early September 2005 and announced he would feature in a film being made by director Manoj Kumar, after completing work on Thambi (2006). Manoj Kumar assigned Balasekaran to direct the film, a romantic comedy where Madhavan would portray a medical student. Malayalam actress Bhavana was signed on to appear on the film during October 2005, while Prakash Raj was selected to portray her brother, the antagonist of the film. The film was shot throughout late 2005 and early 2006, with a simultaneous Telugu version shot featuring Sunil in place of Vadivelu. Fair and Lovely, a brand associated for the film, also held a competition where aspiring actors could audition for a chance to play Madhavan's friend in the film. Praveen from Chennai won the talent hunt and appeared in the film, though appeared in no further films after he committed suicide in December 2007. However the film ran into production troubles during mid 2006 and was put on hold by the producers. The film later picked up in mid 2007 and was released by the producer, while the Telugu version was shelved.
Soundtrack was composed by Mani Sharma and lyrics were written by Pa. Vijay.
- Aarya - Karthik, Suchithra
- Ennangira Nee - Tippu, Anuradha Sriram
- Aruginil - Karthik, Varthini
- Jillendra - Ranjith, Rita
- Chile - Naveen, Saindhavi
The film opened to mixed reviews upon release. Sify.com wrote, "Director Balasekhar has packaged Aarya keeping the ordinary viewer who loves mass movies in mind. Madhavan, Bhavana and Prakash Raj have done their bit to make it work with the viewers and provide a time-pass entertainer". Behindwoods.com gave 1.5/5 saying "It lacks in tight screenplay and coherent narration". Bizhat.com suggested "with more minus points than plus points, Aarya falls under the 'also ran' category", while Thiraipadam.com wrote "the weak screenplay fails to hide the silliness in its basic premise and so the film fails to engage us".
The film was later dubbed and released in Telugu as Arya MBBS and in Hindi as My Dear Big B. In 2015, a film titled a comedy film titled Vellaiya Irukiravan Poi Solla Maatan, taken from a line mouthed in Vadivelu's comedy sequences, was released.
- "Aarya movie review from behindwood.com". Retrieved February 8, 2012.
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