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3 is a 2012 Indian Tamil-language romantic psychological thriller film written and directed by Aishwarya R. Dhanush in her directorial debut. It stars her husband Dhanush, who also co-produced the film with his wife.[1][2] The soundtrack and film score were composed by debutante Anirudh Ravichander while the cinematography was handled by Velraj.

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Theatrical poster
Directed byAishwarya R. Dhanush
Produced by
  • Dr. K. Vimalageetha
  • Dhanush
  • Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Written byAishwarya R. Dhanush
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
Edited byKola Bhaskar
R. K. Productions Pvt.Ltd
Distributed byWunderbar Films
Release date
  • 30 March 2012 (2012-03-30)
Running time
148 minutes



The film opens with a funeral partaking in an apartment where the police are involved saying he doesn't understand the motive of the murder of Ram. His wife Janani hallucinates about her husband running away. She recalls memories and it continues with a flashback when Ram and Janani were 12th-grade students.

While she was from a middle-class family and Ram at that time lived with his father who was a businessman and his mother. After he saw Janani he helps fix her bicycle (it was raining heavily) but at the same time has a crush on her. He tells his friends Kumaran and Senthil about it they were from different schools but same tuition. One night he and Senthil stalked Janani and was caught by her father as he questioned them both. He slapped Ram and scolded Senthil for lying and warned them. Nevertheless, Ram visits Janani before he could ask she reciprocates his love. Janani's sister Sumi makes sure her parents aren't aware their secret love. The story returns to reality while Janani has a teary conversation with her mother about Ram. Soon she slept having a dream about when her family has a visa to go to the US and she had to go. When Ram heard this he decided that she could leave him. Instead of leaving him she appeared near him. He said she burned her passport and her mother disowned with a slap. She then urged Ram to marry her because of their five-year relationship. So he told his mother then urged his father who did agree and gave them a flat.After their marriage, Ram persuaded that her family to come and see her for she felt uncomfortable.He made a promise to not hurt her or allow anyone to. Ram and Janani were pleased with their life and were happy together.

Again the story comes to reality when Janani is awoken by her maid. Two police officers are in her flat and one of them tells her something that she made her cry. Janani had an impact that made her break household items and stare into Ram's photo. She then is informed by her husband's doctor that he had come with his friend Senthil.She asked his parents but they had no idea that they'll inform when. Her father in law said Ram asked him to transfer his properties in his name. As she went home she packed his items away but stopped at a coat. She put it on then found a letter as she studied she wept it was a suicide letter from Ram.She visited Senthil and asked to reveal thing they were hiding from her.He told when she was leaving for the US and that same time Kumaran said he got a job in Singapore. Ram couldn't bear it that Kumaran was his childhood friend and she was his life. He got drunk and imagined her asking him to come to her. He nearly drowned but thanks to Senthil he was alright.Soon Senthil saw that Ram wasn't behaving how he was raised.One time Ram's office lost 32 million and was in a bad mood. Ram was working on his laptop when his pug Tom, played near his feet. He got irritated and kicked the dog away ruthlessly Senthil sharply disapproved of this. After a while when Senthil went into the kitchen, he heard a squeal and came back running. Tom was dead and Ram was working on his laptop as if he didn't notice. Senthil made him come to his senses and they buried Tom in secret because Janani loved Tom as their child. As Janani came he asked uncannily her where is Tom they looked she cried soon he cried it's his fault. Senthil found out that Ram suffered from Bipolar Disorder.

At first, he smashed a bottle on his head afterwards he agreed to see a doctor.After the past few days, he avoided Janani. Janani was aware of her husband's absence and confronted him. At a nightclub, a man misbehaved with Janani Ram dragged her out and sent her home. The misbehaver and his friends sought a fight with Ram and Senthil. Ram is been hit badly so Senthil helps Ram home but Janani fell sick for she couldn't bear it.Senthil drags him for electric shock therapy and he stayed there almost 4 hours. He lied to Janani about it but she slapped him because she was aware of the lie.She showers her anger, rage and frustration over him for the current situation in their lives. A silent Ram rebukes when she insults Senthil. After the whole fiasco that night, Ram again loses his mental stability and tries to stab Janani with a knife, but Senthil stops him from doing it. Later on, when Ram comes back to his senses, he feels guilty, heartbroken and scared that he tried to kill his only love and decides to go to his father and transfer all his property in Janani's name.

On another day, Ram suddenly bashes Senthil's head against the steering wheel, rendering him unconscious. Ram says his last words to his friend, "Sorry dude, you have done so much for me" and leaves the car in order to go see Janani himself. He remembers all the beautiful memories from their young age, and the ending takes onto the final scene of Ram's life, as he goes to Janani's bedroom and watches her sleeping. He tries to control his emotions and kiss her for the last time and suddenly he hallucinates seeing a young girl saying "Either kill her or you die". Terrified, he immediately gets away from her bed. The young girl and a Sadhu from his previous hallucinations now appear unnervingly in front of him. Dreaded, he goes to his office and writes a suicide note while hallucinating disturbing visions of the young girl and the Sadhu.To avoid causing further harm to Janani, he picks up a knife and slits his throat, and kills himself, saying his final words "I love you, Janani". The film ends with Janani wailing in grief, as she learns her husband's fate.



Aishwarya revealed that the script was written with Shruti Haasan in mind but the actress was unavailable to do the film initially. Subsequently, Aishwarya signed on Amala Paul, after being impressed by her work in Mynaa.[3] This film's press meet was held at the Star City Hotel on 5 August 2011 in Chennai with the director, the cinematographer and the lead pair, Dhanush and Amala Paul.[4]

The film was originally meant to begin its first schedule in October 2011 but in a turn of events, Dhanush had free dates in August and September 2011. However Amala Paul was unavailable to start the film early and left the project, with Shruti Haasan joining the team after her Telugu film was delayed.[5][6][7]


3 (2012) Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Released16 November 2011 (Single release)
28 December 2011 (Soundtrack release)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
3 (2012) Soundtrack
Ethir Neechal
Singles from 3 (2012) Soundtrack
  1. "Why This Kolaveri Di"
    Released: 16 November 2011

The soundtrack and background score is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, cousin of Aishwarya. The single track "Why This Kolaveri Di", written and performed by Dhanush, was initially leaked on the internet. Having noticed its popularity, the makers launched the song as a single. The song became the most searched YouTube video in India, attracting more than 20 million views within 28 days,[8][9] and was listed by YouTube under the "Recently Most Popular (Gold)" videos.[10]

Aishwarya denied reports that suggested that another song from the album had leaked.[11] The soundtrack was released by college students on 23 December 2011 at the St. George's School, Chennai. Although Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan were expected to attend the event,[12] only Latha Rajinikanth was present.

Soundtrack of the film was also released in Telugu and Hindi.

Track listEdit

All lyrics written by Dhanush, except where noted; all music composed by Anirudh Ravichander.

1."Idhazhin Oram – The Innocence of Love" (Aishwarya Dhanush)Ajeesh, Anirudh Ravichander3:41
2."Kannazhaga - The Kiss of Love"Dhanush, Shruti Haasan3:45
3."Come on Girls – The Celebration of Love"Anirudh Ravichander, Nadisha Thomas, Maalavika Manoj2:45
4."Nee Paartha Vizhigal – The Touch of Love"Vijay Yesudas, Shweta Mohan4:24
5."A Life Full of Love – Theme Music"A Theme By Anirudh Ravichander and The Chennai Strings Orchestra1:55
6."Why This Kolaveri Di"Dhanush4:15
7."The Rhythm of Love – Theme Music"Navin Iyer, Fajrul1:14
8."Po Nee Po – The Pain of Love"Mohit Chauhan, Anirudh Ravichander4:11
9."Theme of 3"Mandolin Seenu1:29
10."Po Nee Po Remix – The Scream of Love"Sathya Prakash, Harish Swaminathan3:42
Total length:33:26

Telugu TracklistEdit

1."Yedhalo Oka Mounam"Ajesh Ashok, Anirudh Ravichander3:27
2."Kannulada"Dhanush, Shruti Haasan3:26
3."Come on Girls"Anirudh Ravichander, Ananth2:55
4."Nee Paata Madhuram"Roop Kumar Rathod, Shreya Ghosal4:23
5."Why This Kolaveri Di?"Dhanush4:20
6."Po Ve Po"Mohit Chauhan, Anirudh Ravichander4:14
7."Po Ve Po (Remix)"Sathya Prakash, Harish Swaminanthan3:42

Hindi TracklistEdit

1."Tere Bin"Adnan Sami, Anirudh Ravichander3:21
2."Tan Ye Mera"Dhanush, Shruti Haasan3:23
3."Come on Girls"Anirudh Ravichander, Ananth2:55
4."Ai Raat Dheere Chal"Shreya Ghoshal, Roop Kumar Rathod4:27
5."Why This Kolaveri Di?"Dhanush4:15
6."Ro Ne Do"Mohit Chauhan, Anirudh Ravichander4:10
7."Ro Ne Do (Remix)"Vishal Daldani, Harish, Anirudh Ravichander3:42


The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV.[13] The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The film released on 30 March 2012. Its Hindi dubbed version was supposed to release on 29 May 2012. But it remained unreleased.[14] The film released with 1000 prints in Tamil.[15] The film released in 1250 screens worldwide for both versions.

Telugu movie producer and distributor Natti Kumar reportedly said that out of the Rs. 60  million (US$1.33 million approximately) he spent on distribution rights and publicity, he had been able to recover only Rs. 47.0 million (US$0.83 million approximately).[16]

Critical receptionEdit

Vishnupriya Bhandaram of The Hindu wrote "Aishwarya R. Dhanush takes a twisted look at love and its meaning – when you put someone before your own existence – comes across as profound, underlining theme in the film. It fades out as a moving and tragic ode to romance, to the grand idea called 'love'".[17] Moviebuzz of Sify called the film "poignant", quoting that "On the whole, 3 has its heart in the right place, though the second half seem scattered. Overlook these faults, and make it a point to watch 3".[18] One India concluded that "3 is an engaging tale backed by wonderful performances of Dhanush and Shruti Hassan" and rated it 60 out of 100.[19] Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff rated the movie 3 out of 5, saying that "There are certain moments in 3 that defy logic at times, and sentiment rules the roost, but Aishwarya Dhanush has chosen to present a take on romance that is appealing in its freshness. The lead actors help as well. Her little thriller-twist aside, 3 is a movie that is an ode to romance, above all else."[20] L Romal M Singh of DNA India gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, commenting that "We do not think anyone would want to watch the movie again, only because it demands too much from you emotionally. We however, plan to watch this movie once more and walk out during the interval, we’d advise the romantics to do the same."[21] I

In rated the film 3.5 out of 5, claiming that "3 is average and not worth watching in the theaters. Better wait for the DVD! It fails to meet the expectations and works only in parts, but Aishwarya had shown promise by taking a serious subject in her very first film".[22] Behindwoods rated the film 3 stars out of 5, commenting that "3 has good performances, but is let down by slower narration".[23] An IANS reviewer gave the movie a negative review, commenting that "Neither a joyous love story nor a serious movie, '3' actually stands in between."[24] Rohit Ramachandran of NowRunning gave the movie a negative rating of 1.5 on a scale of 5, stating that "3 is a heartless comedy involving mentally imbalanced characters, only one of which is lucky to have been diagnosed. This is not a safe place for you to be."[25]


2nd South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Best Actor - Dhanush
  • Best Lyricist - Dhanush for "Kannazhaga"
  • Best Male Playback Singer - Dhanush for "Why This Kolaveri Di"
  • Nominated—Best Actress - Shruti Haasan
  • Nominated—Best Music Director - Anirudh Ravichander.
  • Nominated—Best Male Playback Singer - Mohit Chauhan for "Po Nee Po"
  • Nominated—Best Female Playback Singer - Shruti Haasan for "Kannazhaga"
  • Nominated—Best Female Playback Singer - Shweta Mohan for "Nee Partha Vizhigal"
  • Nominated—Best Debutant Producer - Dhanush
  • Nominated—Best Debutant Director - Aishwarya Dhanush
60th Filmfare Awards South
Asiavision Awards
  • Excellence in Tamil - Shruti Hassan[27]
Vijay Awards

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Movie 3 to be auctioned". 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Aishwarya R. Dhanush to debut as director with '3' - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Shruti Haasan rejects Rajinikanth's film — Entertainment — DNA". Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  4. ^ "When Will Aishwarya Direct Rajini?". Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  5. ^ "My dates could not be reworked: Amala Paul". Sify. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Shruti Haasan replaces Amala Paul!". Sify. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  7. ^ Shankar (3 December 2011). "3 is my first and last movie under Aishwarya's direction — Dhanush - Oneindia Tamil". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Kolaveri is the most searched video". Times of India. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Tamil 'nonsense' film song goes viral in India". BBC. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Kolaveri bags YouTube Gold Award". 7 December 2011. Sify. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  11. ^ @ash_r_danush (1 December 2011). "Aishwarya denied the hoax that another of the album is released" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Rajinikanth and Kamalhaasan is expected for the audio release". 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Aishwarya Dhanush does it with a difference". Behindwoods. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  14. ^ "'3' from March 30". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Dhanush's '3' to hit the screens on March 30". 28 February 2012. CNN-IBN. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Dhanush-Shruti's 3 fails at the box office". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  17. ^ Vishnupriya Bhandaram. "3 Review by The Hindu". The Hindu.
  18. ^ Moviebuzz. "3 is poignant: Sify". Sify.
  19. ^ "3 Review by Oneindia". One India.
  20. ^ Pavithra Srinivasan. "3 Review by Rediff". Rediff.
  21. ^ L Romal M Singh. "Review: 3 (Tamil)". DNA India.
  22. ^ "3 Review:Makes you sulk in the second half". In. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  23. ^ "3 Review by Behindwoods Review Board". Behindwoods.
  24. ^ IANS. "Tamil Review: '3' is neither joyous nor serious". CNN-IBN.
  25. ^ NowRunning. "3 Review by NowRunning". Rohit Ramachandran.
  26. ^ "South Indian movie stars honoured in run-up to awards ceremony " Archived 10 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. The Gulf Today. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  27. ^ "South Indian movie stars honoured in run-up to awards ceremony " Archived 10 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. The Gulf Today. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.

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