|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Sri Surya Movies
|Budget||₹7 crore (equivalent to ₹21 crore or US$2.9 million in 2019)|
|Box office||₹30 crore (equivalent to ₹89 crore or US$12 million in 2019)|
Dhool (English: Awesome) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Dharani. The film featured Vikram in the main lead role, and Jyothika & Reemma Sen in the female lead roles. Vivek, Sayaji Shinde, Telangana Shakuntala, 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. The film was a commercial blockbuster. It was remade in Telugu, Sinhalese, Punjabi, and Bengali.
Arumugam (Vikram) lives in a village and is a kindhearted 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 Minister Kaalaipandi (Sayaji Shinde) requesting him to close the factory. Arumugam and his childhood rival Eswari (Jyothika), along with her grandmother Mundakanni (Paravai Muniyamma), leave to Chennai to meet Kaalaipandi, who has won from the village's constituency. All three reach Chennai and stay with Narain (Vivek), who also belongs to the same village but is settled in Chennai. Swapna (Reema Sen), a fashion model, also lives near Narain's home, and she is attracted towards Arumugam, whereas Narain loves her. Arumugam meets Kaalaipandi amidst a heavy crowd and conveys the problems faced by their villagers due to water pollution. Kaalaipandi assures to take swift action.
Meanwhile, Sornaka (Telangana Shakuntala) and her brother Aadhi (Pasupathy) are local goons involved in many illegal activities with Kaalaipandi supporting them behind. One day, Eswari accidentally collides with Aadhi, following which he tries to beat her, but she 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 Kaalaipandi's help, kidnap Arumugam and injure him badly. Kaalaipandi also informs that he will never take any action against the chemical factory in his village. Narain, Swapna, and Eswari rescue and treat Arumugam. Arumugam discloses the true image of Kaalaipandi and the culprits behind him to Eswari and Narain.
Arumugam decides to take revenge on Kaalaipandi and tarnish his image among the public. Arumugam uses Kaalaipandi'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 it the next day. This brings agitation among political parties, and people demand resignation from Kaalaipandi. Meanwhile, Sornaka decides to kidnap Eswari and kill Arumugam, but instead, Arumugam thrashes Sornaka's men and saves Eswari. Sornaka, while trying to escape, gets hit by a lorry and dies.
Kaalaipandi decides to bring back his lost image by staging a fast until death event, which will bring sympathy among citizens. Arumugam mixes his village's dirty water into the drink served to break the fast. When he discloses it on the media, fearing his position, Kaalaipandi attempts to kill the CM in hospital. Arumugam is arrested on a false case. When Kaalaipandi once again tries his luck to kill the CM, Arumugam uses his skills and gets Kaalaipandi killed on the hands of policemen (who were aiming for Arumugam). Arumugam returns back to his village with Eswari and Mundakanni. It is also shown that both Arumugam and Eswari had developed a romantic interest in each other. The film ends with the whole village celebrating Arumugam's victory.
- Vikram as Arumugam
- Jyothika as Eswari / Mundakkanneeswari
- Reemma Sen as Swapna
- Vivek as Narayanasamy (Narain)
- Sayaji Shinde as Minister Kaalaipandi
- Telangana Shakuntala as Sornakka
- Pasupathy as Aadhi
- Manoj K. Jayan as Sub-Inspector Karunakaran
- Mayilswamy as Kochako, Narain's Friend (at times foil)
- Paravai Muniyamma as Mundakanni Eswari
- Kalairani as Arumugam's mother
- Bosskey as Nakkeeran Pathirikai Officer
- Chitti Babu as Minister's PA (secretly supports Arumugam)
- Chaplin Balu
- Shakeela as herself
- 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. Jyothika got the chance to play opposite Vikram for the first time. The film's song, "Aasai Aasai", was 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. Telangana Shakuntala's voice was dubbed by Srilekha Rajendran.
The Music of the film was composed by Vidyasagar. The soundtrack was well received by the audience and critics alike. All songs were chartbusters especially "Koduva meesai" and "Inthadi kappakizhange" were much popular. The music of "Ithanundu Muthathile" and "Koduva Meesa" were used for two songs of Naaga, another film that Vidyasagar composed the music for.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||29 December 2002|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|1.||"Ithanundu Muthathile"||Pa. Vijay||Udit Narayan, Sowmya Raoh, Premgi Amaren||4:28|
|2.||"Madurai Veeran"||Arivumathi||Paravai Muniyamma||3:21|
|3.||"Koduvaa Meesai"||Na. Muthukumar||Manikka Vinayagam, Vidhu Prabhakar||4:45|
|4.||"Aasai Aasai"||Pa. Vijay||Shankar Mahadevan, Sujatha Mohan||5:21|
|5.||"Inthadi"||Pa. Vijay||Tippu, Kalyan, Rafi||4:03|
|6.||"Kundu Kundu"||Kabilan||KK, Sunidhi Chauhan, Pop Shalini||4:55|
Upon release in January 2003, the film was financially successful, 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 for 25 weeks.
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
- Dhool budget – 7 crore
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