Aasal (Eng: ’Original’) is a 2010 Indian Tamil action thriller film directed by Saran. The film stars Ajith Kumar in the lead role, who is also credited for the story, dialogues, screenplay and co-direction of the film, while Sameera Reddy and Bhavana play the lead female roles. The film features an extensive cast, with Prabhu, Suresh, Sampath Raj and Rajiv Krishna playing prominent roles, among others. The film, produced by Prabhu Ganesan of Sivaji Productions, features music primarily composed by Bharathwaj, cinematography by Prashanth D. Misale and editing by Anthony Gonsalves.
Pre-production for the project began in December 2007 when Sivaji Productions signed up Ajith for a film; however, because of a bevy of changes in the technical crew, shooting only began in April 2009. The filming took place in various locations: notably locally in Chennai, and abroad in Paris, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. The film opened worldwide on 550 screens (including 350 screens in India) following its release on 5 February 2010.
The film revolves around the feud between the three brothers over property; two brothers, from their father’s first wife on one side with their avarice for all the wealth with the righteous third, from his father’s second marriage, trying to stop the family from breaking down. The feud that exists as an undercurrent in the presence of their father and turns ugly and personal after he passes away. It grows bigger with the two brothers joining in to elbow out the third but he graciously steps aside, only wanting to keep cordial relations. But, the two brothers are just not able to handle the huge wealth and the responsibility that it brings. Their wealth attracts trouble and it is up to the third to come back and save his brothers, against others who strive for the wealth while the crux of the plot revolves around if wealth does disintegrate the family.
Directed by Saran
Produced by Prabhu Ganesan
Written by Ajith Kumar, Yugi Sethu & Saran
Starring Ajith Kumar, Prabhu, Sameera Reddy, Bhavana, Suresh, Sampath Raj, Rajiv Krishna
Narrated by Saran
Music by Bharathwaj
Cinematography Prashanth D. Misale
Edited by Anthony Gonsalves
Production Sivaji Productions
Distributed by Sivaji Productions & Ayngaran International
Release date 5 February 2010
Running time 135 minutes