Aruvam (transl. Formless, Shapeless) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language supernatural thriller film written and directed by Sai Sekhar. The film stars Siddharth and Catherine Tresa with Kabir Duhan Singh, Madhusudhan Rao, Sathish, Aadukalam Naren and Manobala in supportive roles.[citation needed] Sai Thaman composed the film's soundtrack while cinematography and editing were handled by N. K. Ekambaram and Praveen K. L. respectively. Principal photography commenced on 13 July 2018.[2]

Aruvam poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySai Sekhar
Produced byR. Soundarya
Deepa Iyer
Written bySai Sekhar
Catherine Tresa
Music byS. Thaman
CinematographyN. K. Ekambaram
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Trident Arts
Release date
  • 11 October 2019 (2019-10-11)
Running time
128 minutes[1]


Jyothi (Catherine Tresa) is introduced to us as a primary school teacher who does not have the sense of smell. She is inferior about her disorder and tries her best to help out the needy as her carelessness in childhood leads to her mother's death, which in turn changed her as a person. We also get introduced to Jagannathan (Siddharth), who falls hook, line, and sinker for Jyothi at first sight. Jagan proposes his love for Jyothi on one side, while some murders take place in weird fashion in the city on the other. It is later revealed that Jagan is a Food Safety Inspector, who is a staunch crusader against food adulteration happening in various food outlets in different parts of Tamil Nadu, ordering the closure of the outlets when he detects adulteration. He is also shown to have a strong sense of smell. His crusade against food adulteration induces many enemies in his path, including his own higher officials in the Food Safety Department, who attack him. Jagan fights them, but gets mortally weakened, after which he decides to give up his life by falling off a train onto a banyan tree. Jagan's soul then inhabits Jyothi's body and she inadvertently murders the people who were responsible for food adulteration and Jagan's death.



After the success of Aval, actor Siddharth signed this thriller in 2018 which is being directed by Sai Sekhar.[3]The shoot of the film went on floors on 13 July 2018 in Chennai. The film is reported to feature nearly 40 minutes of computer graphics.[4]


The first look poster of the film was unveiled on 31 December 2018.[5] The official teaser was unveiled by Muzik 247 on 8 June 2019.[6]

It was dubbed as " Be Shakal" in Hindi.


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
S. S. Thaman chronology

The soundtrack is composed by S. S. Thaman with lyrics by Madhan Karky, and Thamarai. The film's music rights are acquired by Muzik247.

1."Aagayam"Roshini (singer)3:43
2."Veesiya Visiri"Yuvan Shankar Raja3:34


Behindwoods rated the film 2.25 out of 5 and stated, "Aruvam has an important social message, but could have engaged better with an interesting screenplay".[7] Indiaglitz gave 2.75 out of 5 and stated, "Go for this film that tackles a raging social evil with a mildly amusing horror element as well".[8] M. Suganth of The Times of India gave 2 out of 5 and wrote, "Predictable plot developments and underwhelming writing turn this revenge drama into a dull affair".[9] Sify rated it 2 out of 5 and called it a "disappointing revenge drama".[10] Navein Darshan of The New Indian Express gave 1.5 out of 5 and said, "Despite the film being well-intentioned, it is a haphazardly made mismash of genres".[11]


  1. ^ "ARUVAM". British Board of Film Classification. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ HaribabuBolineni (2 January 2019). "Siddarth's Next Titled as Aruvam". Chitramala. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  3. ^ "What is Siddharth's 'Aruvam' all about?". News Today | First with the news. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Aruvam first look poster out". January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ "'Aruvam': First look poster of the Siddarth starrer film unveiled". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Aruvam Tamil Movie Teaser - Siddharth, Catherine Tresa - S.Thaman - Sai Sekhar". YouTube. Muzik247. 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Aruvam (aka) Aruvaam Review - Behindwoods". 11 October 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Aruvam review. Aruvam Tamil movie review, story, rating -". 11 October 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  9. ^ M. Suganth (11 October 2019). "Aruvam Movie Review: Aruvam is a dull affair - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Aruvam review: A disappointing revenge drama (2019) -". Sify. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  11. ^ Navein Darshan (11 October 2019). "'Aruvam' movie review: This film about adulteration is adulterated". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 November 2019.

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