Arul (English: Grace) is a 2004 Indian Tamil action family drama film written and directed by Hari starring Vikram, Jyothika, Pasupathy, Vadivelu, Sarath Babu, Vinu Chakravarthy and Vaiyapuri. The music is composed by Harris Jayaraj. The story tells how a man is rejected by his family but then finds his way back. The film opened to mixed reviews from both critics as well as audience.
Arul (Vikram), who works in a mill, is the third son of four brothers in a family of goldsmiths. Once, Arul’s brother steals a chain due to financial circumstances. As he had taken the blame for it, he was labelled as a “thief” and seen as a black sheep by his father Bala Aasari (Vinu Chakravarthy). Thus, he vows never to make a gold ornament ever again, takes up a job and pays for his expenses. Kanmani (Jyothika), who moves into the opposite house, begins by playing tricks on him, but eventually falls for his character. Arul doesn’t believe in love, and keeps his distance from her. One day, when Arul’s father scolds him in the temple, Kanmani stands up for him. Arul’s father insults her by telling her, “Arul’s siblings are keeping quiet. Why are you making noise as though you have slept with him?” In a fit of anger, he marries Kanmani. Arul then realizes his love for her. The setting up of the party office of the ruling party forces Arul to lock horns with Gajapathy (Pasupathy), the local MLA, and his brother Sethupathy (Kollam Thulasi), the party leader. How Arul defeats the bad guys form the rest of the story.
Directed by Hari
Produced by T. Rama Rao (Presenter) & T. Ajay Kumar
Written by Hari
Starring Vikram, Jyothika, Pasupathy, Vadivelu, Sarath Babu, KS Ravikumar, Aarthi, Saranya Ponvannan, Rekha
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Production Lakshmi Productions[P].LTD
Distributed by Lakshmi Productions [P].LTD
Release date 1 May 2004
Running time 163 minutes