Arai En 305-il Kadavul
Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul (English: God in Room Number 305) is a 2008 Tamil fantasy-comedy film directed by Chimbu Deven, who earlier directed Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei, starring Vadivelu. The film stars Prakash Raj, comedian Santhanam in his first film in the lead role, alongside Ganja Karuppu, Jyothirmayi, and Madhumitha in the lead roles. An ensemble supporting cast including Sampath Raj, Madhan Bob, Rajesh, M. S. Bhaskar, Periyar Dasan, and Ilavarasu appears in supporting roles.
|Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul|
|Directed by||Chimbu Deven|
|Produced by||S. Shankar|
|Written by||Chimbu Deven|
M. S. Bhaskar
|Edited by||Sasi Kumar|
|Box office||₹15.5 crores|
The storyline of the film was that the whole universe is a computer simulation controlled by a supercomputer and God is the one who has access to it. Upon the film's release on 18 April 2008, it received positive reviews, and the acting of Santhanam was praised by the critics. The core plot of the movie is loosely based on the 2003 movie Bruce Almighty.
Raasu (Santhanam) and Mokkai (Ganja Karuppu) are youngsters sharing a hostel with a diverse group of people. Those people include Professor Mani (Madhan Bob), a staunch atheist named Thanjai Rudran (Rajesh), a poet, and other unemployed, struggling men. Raasu, who works in a coffee shop, is in love with Mahishasuramardhini (Madhumitha), but she seemingly ignores all his advances. Raasu was even attacked by her brother after hanging around her house for extended periods of time. Mokkai, who is unemployed due to his lack of education and does whatever job that he can find, dreams of marrying his uncle's daughter (cousin) back in his village.
After a particularly bad day where Mokkai is arrested and beaten by female police officers and Raasu's lies of being in a well-paid job are uncovered (to Mahishasuramardhini's disgust), the two are also kicked out of the hostel by the owner due to the inability to pay rent. On their last night, both vent their frustration at Kadavul (God) after heavy drinking. Both are shocked when Kadavul (Prakash Raj) appears in front of them. Mistaking Him for another unemployed fellow, the two head back to their hostel room only to find Him waiting for them in it, waving aside this miracle, all three fall asleep. The next morning, Kadavul finally manages to convince Raasu and Mokkai of His true identity after appearing in the forms of Vishnu, Jesus, and Buddha.
Armed with a "galaxy box" (access to a supercomputer) that is the source of His power, Kadavul makes a deal with Raasu and Mokkai. He will spend time with the two (under the name of Arnold), observing their day-to-day routines while advising them in the process, to see whether it is truly His fault for their poor standard of living, or their own. Arnold also manages to persuade the hostel owner to extend Raasu and Mokkai's stay for a week, while their bet is undertaken.
During the allotted time, both Raasu and Mokkai learn a great deal through Arnold's own actions and His teachings. In the meantime, Wellesley Prabhu (Ilavarasu), another hostel inhabitant, accidentally discovers "Arnold's" true identity, but is persuaded to keep silent. However, Arnold is in for a shock when on His last night with them, Raasu and Mokkai steal His "galaxy box" and use it to improve their lives. To Prabhu's despair, the true God is forced to lead an ordinary (yet underprivileged) life in the hostel. Raasu and Mokkai meanwhile find that their families, despite their gifts, remain highly suspicious of their wealth and ungrateful as well. They then start to use the box to inflict suffering on their past employers and those who refused to give them jobs. Ultimately, Raasu is once again rejected by Mahishasuramardhini, who turns out to be a prostitute, and throws the box into a bin in shock. Prabhu later recovers the box and hands it back over to Arnold.
Although forgiven, Raasu and Mokkai feel deep regret for their actions and promise to turn their lives around, which they duly do. Both of them become successful people in later life, along with Prabhu and various other characters.
- Prakash Raj as Arnold / Kadavul (God)
- Santhanam as Raasu
- Ganja Karuppu as Mokkaiswamy
- Madhumitha as Mahishasuramardhini
- Jyothirmayi as Bhuvana
- Sampath Raj as Raana
- Madhan Bob as Professor Mani
- Rajesh as Thanjai Rudhran
- M. S. Baskar as Kutti Madaswamy
- Periyar Dasan as Mokkai's father
- Ilavarasu as Wellesley Prabhu
- Cochin Hanifa as Giri Chettan
- Delhi Ganesh as Deivanayagam
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Engineer Rafeeq
- Naren as Coffee Day Owner
- Kuyili as Rukmani
- Chaams as "Java" Sundaresan
- Ramdoss as Raana's henchman
- Manobala as Vengi Raja
- Nellai Siva as Tea shop owner
- Kadhal Sukumar as Shanmugam
- Sashikumar Subramani
- V. S. Raghavan as Old Man (cameo appearance)
|Arai En 305-il Kadavul|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||28 March 2008|
|Recorded||Varsha Vallaki Studios|
|Genre||Feature film Soundtrack|
The music of the movie has been composed by Vidyasagar.
|"Aavaram Poovukkum"||Shreya Ghoshal||Kabilan|
|"Adada Daa"||Santhanam, Ganja Karuppu, Jayamoorthy, Vineeth Srinivasan||P. Vijay|
|"Kaadhal Sei"||Vidyasagar||Na. Muthukumar|
|"Kurai Ondrum Illai"||Harini||Muthulingam|
|"Thendralukku Nee"||Karthik, Swetha Mohan||Yugabharathi|
The film was shot in 82 days. A dedicated team visited nearly 800 bachelor mansions around Chennai before shortlisting on the one for the final shoot. Apart from Chennai, the crew also shot in Ambasamutharam, Achan Kovil in Kerala.
The film was said to be influenced by the 2003 Tom Shadyac Hollywood movie Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey, the only difference being in the Hollywood movie where God grants the protagonist the powers willingly. In this Tamil version, the hero steals the powers from the God. Bruce Almighty was adapted in Hindi as God Tussi Great Ho.
The film was positively received; however, Sify stated that it "is too melodramatic, mushy and slow, needs urgent trimming. Let us hope that Chimbudevan gets a better script where he will play to his strengths, next time around."
- "CineMimic". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2011.