Arrambam (2013)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 37 mins

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Ashok, an honest officer is on a mission to uncover the scam behind the fraudulent bullet vests supplied by a corrupt politician's company. Arjun and Maya help Ashok in his quest to expose the scam.

Cast: Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayanthara Kurian

Crew: Vishnuvardhan (Director), Om Prakash (Director of Photography), Yuvan Shankar Raja (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Thriller

Release Dates: 31 Oct 2013 (India)

Tamil Name: ஆரம்பம்

Movie Rating
Based on 21 ratings
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Music Rating
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Did you know? Ajith injured his leg while shooting a fight sequence for the film. Read More
Arrambam raises the bar for quality action movies

If you watched the Arrambam trailer and dismissed it offhand as being just another flick with an anti-hero walking around looking stylish and shooting everyone in sight, you wouldn't be alone. I did just that, but I'm really glad I went ahead and watched the movie anyway.

It starts off with Ashok (Ajith), a seemingly well heeled terrorist pulls Arjun (Arya), a computer 'hacker', into his service. Having just bombed multiple buildings, he forces Arjun to do his dirty work by threatening his girlfriend. The rest of the story revolves around them, the choices and the discoveries they make - Arjun's desperate attempts to, save himself and his girlfriend, get help from the police and ultimately his discovery of the truth.

In terms of acting, everyone fit well into their characters - they were quite believable and could be empathised with. Maya (Nayanthara) was suitably kick-ass and Anita (Taapsee) was realistically whiny when she had to be.

The script itself was fairly predictable, but it felt well written because of all its enjoyable details. Dialogue was crisp and none of the characters were rambling. It also balanced out action and drama quite well.

The biggest gripes I have with the movie are technical: Arjun's 'hacking' is him mindlessly banging randomly at a keyboard while unrealistic nonsense flashes on the screen. Some of the car chases seemed badly edited - cars were suddenly flying through the air for no reason, as if they'd suddenly acquired the ability to jump and were keen to try it out. Sanjay (Rana) had enough muscles to climb a building effortlessly, but it was obvious he was being lifted with a special effects rope and trying hard to make it look real by tapping the walls once in a while as his legs dangled free. Bad guys firing bullets from and at a speedboat also seemed to be hitting exactly the same point every single time, despite at least a hundred shots being fired from all over the bay.

That said, though, most of the camera work was quite enjoyable. It felt like a well made movie. The music was also excellent (though the background score tended to be overpowering at times). The songs were fun to watch and listen to, and were nicely varied.

On the whole, it's one of the best Tamil action movies I've seen. There's some things that could have been improved, but we seem to be closing the gap with Hollywood pretty fast.

Ajith's Arrambam is worth a watch!!

Ajith-Vishnu-yuvan comes together after the stylish Billa. Does it really meet the expectations? I would definitely say "Yes". Like the previous film, this one also has lots of stylish, glamorous portions which definitely entertains fans.

Story is not that great. Songs are pretty ok and mostly well-placed (except the introduction song). Ajith, nayan, arya were ok in what they delivered. Taapsee's overreacting irritates at times. The work of Cinematography, makeup & accessories division is evident in each and every frame.

First half is definitely nice. Second half is pretty ok. The film doesn't sag much.

Bottomline: The film is better than Billa-2 but definitely not better than Mankatha. Watch it once.

as Ashok Kumar
as Arjun
Special Appearance
as Sanjay
as Sriram Raghavan
as Deeksha Rane
Supporting Actor
as Milind Virekar
Supporting Actor
as Prakash
as Mahadev Rane
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Durani
as Christopher
Supporting Actress
as Sirish Sharma
Supporting Actor
as Ramya Radhakrishnan
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Anita


Associate Director
Second Unit Director
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Production Manager


Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Digital Imaging Technician
Assistant Cameraman


Art Director


Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
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Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
Archival Source:
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment

Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan

Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
Playback Singer: Karthik

Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
Playback Singer: Shakthisree Gopalan

Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
Playback Singer: MM Manasi, Rubba Bend
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Aata Arrambam (Telugu)
Dubbed into: Dheera (Kannada)
Dubbed into: Arrambam (Hindi)
A short teaser of the film without revealing its title was released on Ajith's birthday. The video got 1.5 million views on YouTube in just 2 days.

Ajith injured his leg while shooting a fight sequence for the film.

Ajith went through a rigorous gym routine to prepare for the film.
Filming Start Date:
02 Jun 2012
Filming End Date:
01 Oct 2013