Arunachalam is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language action drama film directed by Sundar C. and written by Crazy Mohan. The film stars Rajinikanth, Soundarya and Rambha, with Jaishankar, Ravichandran and Visu in supporting roles. The soundtrack and background score for the film was composed by Deva, while U. K. Senthil Kumar handled the cinematography.
A village head Arunachalam who has two brothers Saravanan, Shakthi, and a sister Arundhati and a happy family. Ammayappa and Janaki are his parents. Vedavalli is the daughter of Aathikesavan and Umayal. Nirmala is Ammayappa’s sister and they all come to Ammayappa’s home for Arunachalam’s sister’s wedding. That gives the opportunity for Vedavalli and Arunachalam to fight first, then fall in love with each other.
Arunachalam finds himself to be an orphan by interval. He goes out of the village. He goes to Madras where he meets Beeda Kathavarayan, who gives him a job. By some magical situation Arunachalam discovers himself to be the son of India’s richest (dead) billionaire Vedhachalam through Rangachari. Rangachari is the guardian of Arunachalam’s father’s trust. If he wants his inheritance, he has to follow certain rules. He can get an inheritance of 300 Crore Rupees if he can spend 30 crores in 30 days. The conditions are: no contributions to charities, not to own any assets at the end of 30 days and above all, no one else should know about this and receipts should be provide for all the expenses. If Arunachalam fails to spend the money according to the rules, all the money will go to his father’s trust which is managed by Vishwanath, Prathap, Kurian and Kaliyaperumal. These four form a team of “villains”. They want to spoil his efforts and get all the money for the trust and kill Rangachari. Nandhini is Rangachari’s daughter and she is appointed as the accountant for him for 30 days.
Arunachalam tries hard to spend his money and many times, the money comes back. He spends on Horse races, lottery tickets, makes a movie with Arivazhagan as the hero and he even starts his own political party with Kathavarayan being the candidate. All these events are good opportunities for situation comedies. Does he win this competition, does he get all the 300 Crore rupees for himself and live happily ever after is the rest of the story. The film ends with Arunachalam and Vedavalli’s marriage.
Directed by Sundar C.
Written by Crazy Mohan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Sundar C.
Based on Brewster’s Millions by George Barr McCutcheon
Produced by K. S. Nagarajan Raja & K. Muraliprasad Rao
Starring Rajinikanth, Soundarya, Rambha
Cinematography U. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by P. Sai Suresh
Music by Deva
Production Annamalai Cine Combines
Release date 10 April 1997
Running time 165 minutes