Aalwar (Tamil: ஆழ்வார்) is a 2007 Tamil film directed by Chella and produced by Mohan Natarajan. The film featured Asin and Ajith Kumar in the lead roles with Lal and Aditya Srivastava appearing in other pivotal roles. The film’s score and soundtrack is by Srikanth Deva while the cinematography was by Ramesh Gee. The movie released as 2007 Pongal release along with Pokkiri and Thaamirabharani. Following the moderate success of his comeback films Paramasivan and Thirupathi, Ajith teamed up with a debutant Chella for a film to be produced by Mohan Natarajan. Chella had previously worked as an associate to S. J. Suryah, who Ajith had worked with in the 1999 film, Vaali. The film held its photo session on July 20, 2006 with Asin, Ajith’s pair in the much delayed Varalaru, being selected once again while Ramesh G of Naalai was chosen as cinematographer. The film began at the Ramoji Rao Studios in Hyderabad in August 2006, with ajith putting on weight for the film. A couple of songs were filmed in Switzerland as the film geared up for a Pongal release alongside Vijay’s Pokkiri. Shalini, Ajith’s wife, was the costume designer for Ajith in the film.
Ajith is devoted to his mother and sister. But the villainous elements Lal, Vincent Asokan, kill the sister and mother. Aalwar, with revenge ringing in his mind, ends up as Shiva the killer, even while working as a ward boy in a hospital. Shiva is out to make a statement against the venal forces. He sees himself as some kind of avatar — in fact, he bumps off the baddies under the get-up’s of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. In climax, Shiva turns up as Lord Narasimha and bumps off the last villain by placing him on his thighs and ripping apart his bowels and chest with his sharp claws.
Directed by Chella
Produced by Mohan Natarajan
Written by Chella & Ravi Mariya (dialogues)
Starring Asin, Ajith Kumar, Vivek, Keerthi Chawla, Lal, Aditya Srivastava
Music by Srikanth Deva
Cinematography Ramesh Gee
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Production Sri Rajakaliamman Films
Release dates 12 January 2007
Running time 162 minutes