Arunachalam (1997)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 55 mins

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Cast: Rajinikanth, Soundarya Raghu

Crew: Sundar C (Director), UK Senthil Kumar (Director of Photography), Devanesan Chokkalingam (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romantic Comedy

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1997 (India)

Tagline: The God says... Arunachalam does...

Tamil Name: அருணாச்சலம்

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as Arunachalam
as Vedhavalli
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as Meenakshi
as Arunachalam's Sister
as Ammaiappan
as Ayyasamy
as Kaathavaraiyan
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as Prathap
as Ponnambalam
as Viswanath
as Nandhini
as Vedhavalli
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Supporting Actor
as Rangachari




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The God says... Arunachalam does...
Rajini's steamy dance number with Rambha is considered one of the highlights of the movie.

Rajinikanth lost the Rudraksh bead he held with reverence during the shooting of the film, and became deeply upset at its loss. Unable to bear thought of losing it, he immediately ordered a search at the shooting spot at midnight and with the help of the giant lights used for shooting, and was a assuaged only after the bead was found.

Legendary comedienne Manorama was surprisingly added to the cast, despite having caused a controversy the previous year by lashing out at Rajinikanth's political motives

Initially, the lead heroine of the film was expected to be either Manisha Koirala, who had appeared in successive blockbusters in 'Bombay' and 'Indian', or Meena who had featured in Rajinikanth's previous film, 'Muthu'. Simran and Shalini was also linked to the role, before Soundarya and Rambha were signed on as heroines.

After the success of 'Muthu' in 1995, Rajinikanth took a year out dabbling in politics and taking a sabbatical before announcing that his next film would be "Arunachalam", written by Crazy Mohan. He decided to make this movie in order to help eight of his struggling colleagues from the Tamil movie industry.

The phenomenal success of the movie turned out to be another feather in the cap of actor Rajinikanth who further established himself as the "Superstar" of the masses.

This movie is based on the Hollywood movie 'Brewster's Millions', which for its part was inspired from the novel of the same name, written by George Barr McCutcheon in 1902.

The film opened in April 1997 to mixed reviews from film critics but went on to win three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, including an award for Best Film. It also became a commercial blockbuster completing a 205 day run all over the State.