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Aravindhan (Tamil: அரவிந்தன்) is a 1997 Indian Tamil film written and directed by newcomer T. Nagarajan, starring Sarath Kumar, Parthiban, Nagma, Oorvasi, Prakash Raj and Visu in lead and pivotal roles. The film marks the debut of noted music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, legendary musician Ilaiyaraaja's youngest son, and the debut of cinematographer R. Rathnavelu. The film is based on the 1968 Kilvenmani massacre, in which 44 people were burnt alive.

Aravindhan Poster.jpg
Directed byT. Nagarajan
Produced byT. Siva
Written byT. Nagarajan
Liyakath Ali Khan (dialogues)
StarringSarath Kumar
Prakash Raj
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographyR. Rathnavelu
Distributed byAmma Creations
Release date
  • 28 February 1997 (1997-02-28)



Aravindhan (Sarath Kumar) is the police high post by exam clearing. But after he sees his friend Thamizhvannan (Parthiban) (shown as a Naxalite) die by police shooting, Aravindhan starts a fight against police and corrupt politicians. Aravindhan gets supported by the people for his strict fight against corruption. Anu (Nagma) loves Aravindhan, but her father does not accept the relation. The police wants to put Aravindhan in jail for the politicians, so Aravindhan goes into hiding. On the way, he hides in Gayathri (Oorvasi) home. The police tries to catch Aravindhan but at the same time, thinks Gayathri tried to give shelter to Aravindhan, so Gayathri's father dies. Now Aravindhan understands that he has to save Gayathri, so he takes her with him to a factory area to stay. Aravindhan works in the factory and life goes along smooth for him as he marries Gayathri and has a child. Once in factory, the manager does not give fair price to the workers, which Aravindhan protests, so he beats the manager very poorly. The factory people now identifies Aravindhan's true identity as a Naxalite. The police comes in search of Aravindhan, who finally surrenders in court. In jail, Aravindhan writes lot of anti-corruption articles. This gives Aravindhan wide public support to get elected as a minister. The corrupt politicians want to avoid this uprising and hire a gunman to shoot Aravindhan. During a stage speaking with lots of people around, the gunman shoots and kills Aravindhan, thus ending him from becoming minister.

Cast and crewEdit



  • Story, Screenplay and Directed by: T. Nagarajan
  • Dialogue: Liaqath Ali Khan
  • Produced by: T. Siva
  • Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Cinematography: R. Rathnavelu
  • Lyrics: Pazhani Bharathi, Kaathal Mathi & Parthi Bhaskar
  • Fights: Kanal Kannan
  • Banner: Amma Creations


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSa Re Ga Ma
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja's youngest son, Yuvan Shankar Raja, who made his debut in this film. T. Siva, the producer of the film, after hearing some of Yuvan Shankar Raja's tunes, asked him to compose a trailer music and after being impressed of it, gave Yuvan Shankar the assignment to compose the entire film score including a soundtrack for that film.[1] Yuvan Shankar Raja was 18 at the time of the release and one of the youngest composers ever in the industry.[2] The soundtrack, released in late 1996, features 7 tracks.

1."All The Best"Palani BharathiHariharan, Bhavatharini5:40
2."Hey Ponnamma, Un Lovvu Yaaru Sollamma"Palani BharathiMano, Sumangali, Yogi, Yuvan Shankar Raja4:58
3."Thanga Sooriyan"Kadhal MathiMano, Swarnalatha4:15
4."Sutrum Bhoomi"Parthi BhaskarJayachandran, Chorus2:52
5."Pothum Idhu Pothum"Palani BharathiP. Unnikrishnan2:35
6."Poovattam"Kadhal MathiT. L. Maharajan, Swarnalatha4:48
7."Eera Nila"Palani BharathiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, 'Mahanadhi' Shobana4:53

Release and ReceptionEdit

The film released on 28 February 1997 and flopped miserably at the box-office.[3]


  1. ^ "Yuvan Shankar Raja's Profile". S S Music. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  2. ^ "YSR in London". Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  3. ^ "A-Z Arunachalam Mudhal V.I.P Varai (I)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.

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