It has been a recent trend
for Rajnikanth's movies to have the name of the hero as
the movie title. "Arunachalam" is not an exception.
is a story about a village hero (Rajnikanth) who has 2
brothers and a sister and a happy family. Ravichandran and
K.R.Vatsala are his parents. "Vedavalli" (Soundharya) is
the daughter of Jaisankar and 'Venniraadai' Nirmala.
Nirmala is Ravichandran's sister and they all come to
Ravichandran's home for Rajni's sister's wedding. That
gives the opportunity for Soundharya and Rajnikanth to
fight first, then to kiss and fall in love with each
Rajnikanth finds himself to be an orphan by interval. He
goes out of the village. He goes to Madras where he meets
Janakaraj, who gives him a job. By some magical situation
Rajni discovers himself to be a son of a (dead)
millionaire - through Visu. Visu is the guardian of
Rajni's father's trust. If Rajni wants his inheritance, he
has to follow certain rules. He can get an inheritance of
3000 Crore Rupees if he can spend 30 crores in 30 days.
The conditions are: no contributions to charities, not to
own any assets at the end of 30 days and above all, no one
else should know about this! Receipts should be provide
for all the expenses. If Rajni fails to spend the money
according to the rules, all the money will go to his
father's trust which is managed by V.K.Ramasamy, "Nizalgal"
Ravi, Kitty and Raguvaran. These four form a team of
"villains". They want to spoil Rajni's efforts and get all
the money for the trust and kill Visu. Ramba is Visu's
daughter and she is appointed as the accountant for Rajni
for 30 days.
happens next is the main part of the story. Rajni tries
hard to spend his money and many times, the money comes
back! He spends on Horse races, lottery tickets, makes a
movie with Senthil as the hero and he even starts his own
political party with Janakaraj being the candidate. All
these events are good opportunities for situation
Rajni win this competition? Does he get all the 3000 Crore
rupees for himself and live happily ever after? (see it in
silver screen!) is the rest of the story.
first half of the movie is an original Tamil story. The
second half of the story has been lifted from the English
movie "Brewster's Millions" (with Richard Pryor in the
lead role). I saw "Brewster's Millions" just before
watching Arunachalam. See the bottom of this review for my
"Review of Brewster's
Millions" . Eventhough the story
has been borrowed, it has been modified well to suit the
Tamil culture and audience.
Star Rajnikanth satisfies all the requirements of Rajni
fans - style, acting, good dance movements, fights and
comedy. What more can one ask for? As usual Rajni's comedy
acting is enjoyable. Particularly his comedy with Senthil
is Superb. His love scenes with Soundarya is very
is not only beautiful, but she also acts well. Her love
scenes with Rajni is worth mentioning again.
deserves a special mention for his decent comedy. On
several scenes, he is really funny. Janakaraj has been
given a good role after a long time. He has done it well
Vadivukarasi has done a totally different role in a superb
actors/actresses who have done good acting includes:
Jaishankar, Ravichandran, V.K.Ramasamy, Raghuvaran,
Manorama, Visu and Crazy Mohan.
Eventhough the dialogues by Crazy Mohan are not upto the
level of "Avvai Shanmugi", they are good and they bring
laughes throughout the movie.
scenes are not that great. There are not different from
any other masala tamil movie.
a typical entertaining Rajini movie is all that Director
Sundar C. wanted, he has succeeded in that. The movie
flows smoothly. The editing is also good, particularly the
several slow motion scenes in this movie have been done
has been a recent trend to show the shooting scenes at the
end of the movie (thanks to "Jackie Chan" movies for
inspiration!). At the end of this movie also, there are
some shooting scenes which are interesting to watch.
by Deva. The two songs which are good are: "Athanda
Ithanda.." (reminds us of "Naan Autokaren" from Batcha)
and "Nagumo ai Sugamo..". Deva could have done a better
job. The director has compensated for the music by filming
the songs rich.
one exception of songs, "Arunachalam" is an entertaining