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|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Sri Surya Movies
Dhool (English: Super) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by Dharani. The film featured Vikram, Jyothika and Reemma Sen in the lead roles, while Vivek, Sayaji Shinde, Telangana Sakunthala and Pasupathy among others play supporting roles. The film, produced by A. M. Rathnam at a cost of ₹7 crore, had music composed by Vidyasagar and released in January 2003 to positive reviews and was a huge commercial success. It was dubbed into Malayalam while being remade in Telugu, Sinhalese, Punjabi, and Bengali.
Arumugam (Vikram) lives in a village and is a kind hearted man. There is a chemical factory in the village which releases toxic wastes into the river and the villagers decide to give a petition to the minister requesting him to close the factory. Arumugam and Easwari (Jyothika) along with Easwari’s grandmother leave to Chennai to meet the minister Kaalaipandi (Shayaji Shinde) who has won from the village’s constituency.
All three reach Chennai and stay with Narain (Vivek), who also belong to the same village but settled in Chennai. Swapna (Reema Sen), a fashion model, also lives near Narain’s home and she is attracted towards Arumugam whereas Narain loves Swapna. Arumugam meets the minister amidst heavy crowd and conveys the problems faced by their villagers due to water pollution. The minister assures to take swift action.
Meanwhile, Sornaka (Telangana Shakunthala) and her brother Aadhi (Pasupathy) are local goons involved in many illegal activities with minister Kaalaipandi supporting them behind. One day,Easwari accindetally collides with Aadhi following which he tries to beat her but saved by Arumugam. Also, Arumugam fractures Aadhi’s hands. Now Sornaka and Aadhi set an eye on Arumugam and decide to trouble him.
They along with the help of the minister kidnap Arumugam and injure him badly. The minister also informs that he will never take any action against the chemical factory in his village. Narain and Easwari rescue Arumugam and treat him. Arumugam discloses the true image of the minister and the culprits behind him to Easwari and Narain. Arumugam decides to take revenge on the minister and tarnish his image among the public. Arumugam uses the minister’s memo pad and forges a letter praising an adult movie and requesting it to be published in a daily newspaper. The newspaper editor believes it and publishes the next day. This brings agitation among political parties and people demand resignation from Kaalaipandi.
Sornaka decides to kidnap Easwari and kill Arumugam but instead Arumugam thrashes Swarnaka’s men and also saves Easwari. Meanwhile, Swarnaka while trying to escape gets hit by a lorry and dies.
The minister decides to bring back his lost image by staging a fast until death event which will bring sympathy among citizens. Arumugam comes to the event to kill the minister but minister escapes while he gets shot by a police. However, the minister is killed by Aarumugam. The film ends with union of Aarumugam and Eeshwari as lovers. Finally Arumugam produces all the evidences collected by him against Kaalaipandi and he also helpsthe chemical factory to be closed which saves his village.
- Vikram as Arumugam
- Jyothika as Eeswari
- Reemma Sen as Swapna
- Vivek as Narain
- Sayaji Shinde as Minister Kaalaipandi
- Manoj K. Jayan as Sub Inspector Karunakaran
- Pasupathy as Aadhi
- Mayilswamy as Kochako, Narain's Friend (at times Foil)
- Telangana Shakuntala as Sornaka
- Paravai Muniyamma as Mundakanisswari
- Chitti Babu as Minister's PA
- Shakeela as herself
- Bosskey as Nakkeeran Pathirikai Officer
- Chaplin Balu
- Kalairani as Arumugam's Mother
- Koena Mitra in a special appearance (Koduva Meesai item song)
After the success of their 2001 collaboration Dhill, Dharani and Vikram announced in February 2002 that they were to come together again for a project titled Dhool. Initially Simran was selected to play the female lead, since with her Telugu projects made her to drop the movie and eventually jyothika got the chance to play opposite vikram for the first time. The film's song were partially shot in Denmark, and plans had been earlier made to shoot fight sequences in London, though the team later opted against doing so. A huge set of a temple, a church, some houses and a shopping area, was erected at the Indian Express Office premises.
|Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
The music of the film was composed by Vidyasagar.
|"Ithanundu Muthathile"||Udit Narayan, Sowmya Raoh, Premgi Amaren|
|"Aasai Aasai"||Shankar Mahadevan, Sujatha Mohan|
|"Aruvaa Meesai"||Manickka Vinayagam, Vidhu Prabhakar|
|"Madurai Veeran"||Paravai Muniyamma|
|"Inthadi"||Tippu, Kalyan, Rafi|
|"Kundu Kundu"||KK, Sunidhi Chauhan, Pop Shalini|
Upon release in January 2003, the film opened to positive reviews and box office success despite opening alongside other prominent ventures such as the Kamal Haasan-Madhavan starrer Anbe Sivam and Vijay's Vaseegara. Rediff.com review praised Vikram's enactment citing that "Vikram is at his peak" and that "he seems as much at home with comedy as with action, in romance as in emotional sequences", while the critic from The Hindu also praised his performance. The film became a blockbuster and Vikram's fifth success in two and a half years with Vikram being dubbed as "the matinee idol of our times" by a leading Indian newspaper. The film was nominated in six different categories at the Filmfare Awards South 2003 with A. M. Rathnam, Dharani and Vidyasagar being considered for the Best Film, Best Director and Best Music Director categories respectively. Furthermore, Jyothika was listed amongst the Best Actress nominees, while Reemma Sen and Vivek were also shortlisted for the Best Supporting Actress and Best Comedian awards. However the film did not win any awards with Pithamagan sweeping most of the categories that year, although Vivek did win for his role in Saamy. The film successfully ran 25 weeks.
|Veede||Ravi Teja, Arthi Agarwal, Reemma Sen||Telugu|
|The Lion of Punjab||Diljit Dosanjh||Punjabi|
Filmfare Awards South Nominated
- Best Actress - Jyothika
- Best Actor- Vikram
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil - Reemma Sen
- Filmfare Award for Best Comedian – Tamil - Vivek
Dinakaran Awards Won
- Dinakaran Award for Best Actress- Jyothika
- Nominated—ITFA Best Actress Award
- Dhool budget - 7 crore
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