Arrambam (Eng: Beginning) is a 2013 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Vishnuvardhan. Produced by A. Raghuram and co-written by Subha, the film features Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayantara and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles and Kishore, Rana Daggubati, Akshara Gowda in supporting roles. While the score and soundtrack of the film were composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, the cinematography was handled by Om Prakash and editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.
Arrambam starts with Ashok Kumar aka AK (Ajith Kumar) setting bombs in three places and informing the police about them. Before the police arrive, the bombs are set off. AK, along with his lady love Maya (Nayanthara), threatens her old college mate hacker Arjun (Arya), who is forced to hack one system after another. AK then threatens Sriram Raghavan (Aadukalam Naren) by trying to kill his child so that he can extract the truth about black money. AK then murders Sriram. Arjun, who is irritated by the things happening around him, complains about AK’s misdeeds to Inspector Prakash (Kishore). When AK gets closer to achieving his goals, Arjun gives him away to the police, and both are arrested. Arjun is later released after his true identity is revealed.
Later, Maya, who had escaped from the scene, tracks Arjun and his girlfriend Anitha (Taapsee Pannu) and tells them AK’s original motive. AK is revealed to be a former member of an Anti-Terrorist Squad who is on a mission to expose a scam regarding faulty bulletproof jackets that are provided to security forces, which resulted in many deaths, including that of his best friend and colleague Assistant Commissioner Sanjay (Rana Daggubati). It turns out that Union Home Minister Mahadev Rane (Mahesh Manjrekar) and his associates Milind Virekar (Atul Kulkarni) and Ramya Radhakrishnan (Suman Ranganathan) are the people involved in the scam. Ramya kills Sanjay’s pregnant wife and her parents by poisoning, while Maya, who is also poisoned, and Mango (Five Star Krishna), who was placed on a railway track, survive the attack. Arjun, who hears the flashback, decides to help them.
AK and Arjun arrive at Dubai to meet Mahadev’s daughter Deeksha (Akshara Gowda). Arjun enters a bank in the guise of a service engineer, opening an account so that AK can transfer all of Mahadev’s money into his account. Maya kills Ramya by pushing her off a building. Deeksha later finds out about their plan but is later threatened at gunpoint by AK. AK, Arjun, and Maya later arrive in Mumbai but come to know that Mahadev has kidnapped Anitha. AK tactfully kidnaps Deeksha and Durrani (Murali Sharma) in Kashmir. Mahadev arrives at Kashmir with Anitha. Here, Durrani and Deeksha get killed, while Anitha is saved. AK kidnaps Mahadev, ties him to various bombs, and questions his corrupt activities. Prakash, who arrives there, calls AK to defuse the bombs. AK advises Prakash to think from the point of view of a common man instead of a policeman to think whether it is right on his part to save a corrupt person. Prakash later changes his mind and asks the other policemen to leave him. Mahadev is killed in the blast. Arjun and Anitha get married, while AK transfers all of Mahadev’s illegal money to Reserve Bank without revealing his appearance. Arjun and Anitha later get kidnapped in Jordan during their honeymoon trip, only to know that AK has brought them for another mission.
Directed by Vishnuvardhan
Produced by A. M. Rathnam & A. Raghuram
Written by Vishnuvardhan & Subha
Starring Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayantara, Taapsee Pannu
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Om Prakash
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production Sri Sathya Sai Movies
Distributed by Ayngaran International
Release date 31 October 2013
Running time 158 minutes