Arumugham (Vikram) is an uneducated, good hearted, helpful village hick. Easwari (Jyothika) is his childhood friend. A chemical factory in the village pollutes the local river and when all attempts to stop the factory waste from going to the drinking water falls flat, the villagers decide to send Arumugham to Chennai and meet the concerned minister who has won from their constituency. He sets out for the city with Easwari and her grandmother and they stay with Arumugham's friend (Vivek) and gang. Swapna (Reema Sen) is a model who stays in the same area and she lusts after Arumugham. They meet the Minister (Sayaji Shinde) who is extremely nice to them and promises to help them. Soon Arumugham is forced by circumstances to fight against an anti-social gang with a lady boss. An honest police officer (Manoj.K.Jayan) tries to collect evidence against the criminal gang. When Arumugham realizes that the bad guys are the henchmen of the same Minister who is behind all the crimes, !
The film was remade in Bengali as "Ghatak", starring Jeet.
The film was remade in Punjabi as "The Lion of Punjab", starring Diljit Dosanjh.
A Hindi version of the film was also planned by Guddu Dhanoa in 2004 with Sunny Deol and Gracy Singh in the lead roles under the banner of Padmalaya, but the film failed to take off.
"Dhool" was remade and released in Telugu in October 2003 by Ravi Raja Pinnisetty as "Veede", with Ravi Teja and Arthi Agarwal taking up the lead roles, while Reemma Sen retained her role.
A huge set of a temple, a church, some houses and a shopping area, was erected at the Indian Express Office premises.
The film's song were partially shot in Denmark, and plans had been earlier made to shoot fight sequences in London, though the team later opted against doing so.
Simran was selected to play the female lead, since with her Telugu projects made her to drop the movie and eventually jyothika got the chance to play opposite vikram for the first time.
After the success of their 2001 collaboration "Dhill", Dharani and Vikram announced in February 2002 that they were to come together again for a project titled "Dhool".
It was remade in Sinhala as "Ranja".
The film is still considered as a cult masala entertainer.
It was dubbed into Malayalam with same title "Dhool".
10 Jan 2003 ● Tamil ● 2 hrs 51 mins
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