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Asuran movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVetrimaaran
Produced byKalaippuli S. Thanu
Written bySuKa
Vetrimaaran (Dialogues)
Screenplay byManimaaran
Based onVekkai
by Poomani
Music byG. V. Prakash Kumar
Edited byR. Ramar
Release date
  • 4 October 2019 (2019-10-04)[1]
Running time
141 Minutes
Box office₹16 crore (opening weekend)[2]

Asuran (transl. Demon) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by Vetrimaaran and produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu under his production banner V Creations.[3] It is based on the novel Vekkai by Poomani.[4] The film stars Dhanush and Manju Warrier in lead roles, where the latter makes her Tamil debut. G. V. Prakash Kumar scored the music for the film, rejoining back his association with Vetrimaaran.[5]

Asuran was released on 4 October 2019, and received positive reviews.[1]


Siva Saami (Dhanush), his wife Pachaiyamma (Manju Warrier), sons Murugan (Teejay Arunasalam), Chidambaran (Ken Karunas), and their little daughter live in a secluded place far from the main village tending crops on their small parcel of land. Narasimhan (Aadukalam Naren), a baron in the main village, desires to have Siva Saami's land and moves aggressively to take it over. While Siva Saami's stays away from confrontation, his sons assert their hold over the land they till. Having a typical past and not wanting a déjà vu, Siva Saami tries to maintain his wisdom. What human emotions, nature, and societal structures do to Siva Saami's wisdom is the rest of the story.



The film was announced by Vetrimaaran and Dhanush in December 2018, post the success of their Vada Chennai released in the same year.[6] The duo earlier revealed plans on making a sequel to Vada Chennai but agreed to do another film before that.[7] The film marks the fourth collaboration between the actor and director after Polladhavan (2007), Aadukalam (2011) and Vada Chennai (2018).[8]

Principal photography began on 26 January 2019.[9] Manju Warrier was selected as lead actress which marked her acting debut in Tamil. The music is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar.[10]


Soundtrack album by
Released28 August 2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelKalaippuli Audio
ProducerG. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
100% Kadhal
Singles from Asuran
  1. "Kathari Poovazhagi"
    Released: 28 August 2019
  2. "Polladha Bhoomi"
    Released: 28 August 2019
  3. "Yen Minukki"
    Released: 25 September 2019
  4. "Blood Bath"
    Released: 3 October 2019
  5. "Ellu Vaya Pookalaye"
    Released: 6 October 2019

The soundtrack is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, collaborating with Dhanush and Vetrimaaran for the third time after Polladhavan and Aadukalam. The soundtrack album consists of four songs, with lyrics written by Ekadesi, Yugabharathi, Eknath and Arunraja Kamaraj, where two songs from the film "Kathari Poovazhagi" and "Polladha Bhoomi" where released on 28 August 2019, at a launch event held at Chennai, where Dhanush, Manju Warrier, Ammu Abirami , director Vetrimaaran, composer G. V. Prakash Kumar and producer S. Thanu were in attendance. The third single track "Yen Minukki" was released on 25 September 2019, and the fourth track "Blood Bath" was released on 3 October 2019. Another track titled, "Ellu Vaya Pookalaye" was released on 6 October 2019, after the film's release.

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger (s)Length
1."Kathari Poovazhagi"EkadesiVelmurugan, Rajalaskhmi, Napolia3:45
2."Polladha Bhoomi"YugabharathiDhanush, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Ken Karunas, Teejay3:58
3."Yen Minukki"EknathChinmayi, Teejay4:32
4."Blood Bath"Arunraja KamarajArunraja Kamaraj4:02
5."Ellu Vaya Pookalaye"YugabharathiSaindhavi5.58


The first look poster was unveiled by Dhanush through his Twitter account on 21 December 2018.[11] The second look poster of the film was released on 10 January 2019.[12][13] Another poster, was released on 1 May 2019. The official trailer of the film was unveiled on 8 September 2019.[14][15][16]

Box Office

Asuran approximately grossed around Rs 16 crore in Tamil Nadu.[2]

Critical Reception

The Times of India, rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, stating that "Vetri Maaran delivers yet another solid action drama that keeps us engrossed from start to finish."[17]

Behindwoods rated 3.25/5, stating that "Asuran is an engaging watch with strong performances, interesting plot and an amazing emotional connect with the audience throughout."[18]

S. Subhakeerthana from The Indian Express rated the film 4 out of 5, and reviewed it as "With this Dhanush starrer, Vetrimaaran proves he's one of the finest directors in Indian cinema, yet again. Only few filmmakers like him can pull off a mainstream cinema, balancing ‘realism’ and commercial elements."[19]

Sify rated the film 4.5 out of 5, summarising that "Asuran is a must-watch. Dhanush-Vetrimaaran combo who has once again delivered a raw, rustic and riveting revenge drama. Don't miss this one!"[20]

Janani K from India Today, rated the film 3.5 out of 5, and stated that "Director Vetri Maaran’s Asuran is a thrilling revenge drama of an oppressed family in a village. With solid writing backed by brilliant performances, Asuran is a classic film."[21]

Sreedhar Pillai from Firstpost rated the film 4 out of 5, and posted a verdict "Asuran is one of the best films of the year, and a must watch. Vetrimaran keeps the flag of good cinema flying high."[22]

Krupa Ge from Silverscreen said, "Asuran is a bloody revenge saga, that’s also weirdly enough about the futility of violence... Watching the film, after reading the book [Vekkai], feels like dipping in and out of the novel, to wander off to the sides of the pages, filled with detours and notes. It starts where the novel starts, but goes back and forth, imagining what could have been."[23]

Gauthaman Baskaran from News18, gave contrary reviews by rating the film 2 out of 5, stating that "Coming at a time when graphic and lurid on-screen violence are being questioned and even condemned, Asuran would appear needlessly falling back to the old formula."[24]

The film has got bright chances to win a few National Awards reviewed by[25]


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  20. ^ "Review : Asuran review: Solid in both, its craft and storytelling! (2019)". Retrieved 5 October 2019.
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