Arasu (English: Kingdom) is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action masala film written and directed by Suresh and produced by Babu Raaja. The film features Sarath Kumar, Simran, and Roja in the lead roles, while Sai Kumar, Vadivelu, Delhi Ganesh and Riyaz Khan play supporting roles. The score and soundtrack was composed by Mani Sharma. The film released on 14 April 2003 and was declared as a super-hit at the box office.
|Produced by||R. B. Choudary|
|Cinematography||Y. N. Murali|
|Edited by||V. Jaishankar|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
JJ Good Films
|Distributed by||Super Good Films|
|14 April 2003|
The movie starts with Thirunavukkarasu(alias Arasu) murdering a person in Mumbai. Soon, the story shifts to Kumbakonam where Arasu is employed in a temple by Venu Shastri, and stays in Pichumani's house. Arasu’s calm nature and responsible behaviour impresses everyone in the locality. Meera, Venu Shastri’s daughter, falls in love with Arasu. One day, Arasu sees the news about the release of a criminal from jail and gets angered. He also kills the criminal with the help of a few men. The murder is witnessed by Meera and Venu Shastri.
Everyone in Kumbakonam gets shocked upon knowing that Arasu is a murderer. Arasu meets Venu Shastri’s family to disclose the truth. A flashback is shown where Arasu is the only son of Nataraj, who is fondly called Periyavar by his followers in Chennai. Periyavar is a good-natured don striving hard for the welfare of the poor and slum dwellers in Chennai. He is married to Sivagami and they lead a happy life with Arasu.
Sabapathy is a rich business tycoon who goes to any extent for earning money. Trouble erupts between Sabapathy and Periyavar, following which Sabapathy is arrested and sentenced to imprisonment for his illegal activities which led to the deaths of a few young girls. As a means of revenge, Sabapathy’s brother Gunashekharan and his henchmen kill Periyavar and Sivagami. Arasu is angered and vows revenge against Sabapathy and his men. Hearing this, Venu Shastri and Meera understand Arasu’s position and decide to save him by not disclosing his whereabouts to policemen.
Despite all the attempts by police to arrest Arasu, he successfully kills Sabapathy and Gunashekharan and surrenders to the police. He is sentenced to imprisonment and gets released after five years. In the end, he comes to meet Meera, and both get united.
- Sarath Kumar as Arasu (Thirunavukkarasu) and Periyavar Nataraj (dual role)
- Simran as Meera, Arasu's love interest
- Roja as Sivagami, Periyavar's wife and Arasu's mother
- Sai Kumar as Sabapathy, the main villain
- Vadivelu as Pichumani
- Delhi Ganesh as Venu Shastri, Meera's father
- Sudha as Meera's mother
- Riyaz Khan as Gunashekharan, Sabapathy's brother
- Manivannan as Rahim Bhai
- Bharathi as Meera's friend
- Minnal Deepa as Thenmozhi
- Kiran Rathod in an item number
These 5 songs in Arasu were composed by Mani Sharma.
|1||"Aalaana Dhegam Engum"||Anuradha Sriram||Kabilan|
|2||"Bull Bull Thara"||Pop Shalini||Kalaikumar|
|3||"Ilesha Kattumaram"||Tippu, Kalpana Raghavendar|
|4||"Kattha Kattha"||Karthik, Ganga||Kabilan|
|5||"Malligai Malligai"||Vijay Yesudas, Sujatha|
Most of the shooting took place at Kumbakonam, in and around the temple areas. Other locations were Mumbai and Kolkata. A fight scene was picturised at the Kumbakonam market area. Five cameras were used and it took ten days to shoot the fight scene. The scene choreographed by Peter Hayen and canned by cinematographer Y. N. Murali, was shot amidst a large crowd including the hero, some stuntmen, character artistes and the locals. Close-up shots of the fight scene was shot again in Chennai Studio where a set resembling the market place was erected.
Sify wrote:"the narration is told in a gripping fashion with all the essential ‘masalas’ like punchy dialogues, action, song ‘n’ dance and item numbers". Balaji wrote:"The movie presents the revenge tale in the style of Rajnikanth's Baashha and is quite entertaining".