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Aranmanai

Aranmanai
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sundar C.
Produced by D. Dinesh Karthik
Written by Venkat Raghavan
(Dialogues)
Screenplay by Sundar C.
S.B.Ramadoss
Story by Sundar C.
Starring Sundar C.
Vinay Rai
Santhanam
Hansika Motwani
Andrea Jeremiah
Raai Laxmi
Music by Original Songs
Bharathwaj
Background Score
Karthik Raja
Cinematography U. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by N. B. Srikanth
Production
company
Vision i Medias
Distributed by Sri Thenandal Films
Red Giant Movies
Release dates
  • 19 September 2014 (2014-09-19)
Running time
161 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 12 crore (US$1.8 million)[1]
Box office 22 crore (US$3.3 million)[1]

Aranmanai (Tamil: அரண்மனை, English: Palace) is an Indian Tamil horror comedy film co-written and directed by Sundar C. The film features an ensemble cast including Sundar C. Vinay Rai, Santhanam, Hansika Motwani, Andrea Jeremiah, Raai Laxmi, Nithin Sathya, Kovai Sarala and Manobala.[2] The film was started by the end of September 2013[3] and released on 19 September 2014 and received highly positive reviews.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Soundtrack 4
  • Release 5
  • Reception 6
  • Box office 7
  • Sequel 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Plot

Eshwari (Kovai Sarala),her husband (Manobala) and her son,(Nithin Sathya), Eshwari's brother (Chitra Lakshmanan),his daughter Maya (Raai Laxmi), another older brother's son Murali (Vinay Rai) and his newly wedded wife Madhavi (Andrea Jeremiah) have gathered to sell their Palace off to Ayyanar, who had leased the property for five years. Meanwhile, Paalsamy (Santhanam) sneaks into the Aranmanai under the guise of a cook, finds his grandmother's photograph in the palace and he too decides to catch hold of the palace.

Incidents which are going normal are turning out spooky. Servants and some men are killed anonymously. Now Ravi (Sundar.C), the older brother of Madhavi comes to the palace to meet his sister. Madhavi tells Ravi that there are weird things happening in the house. So he sets cameras up around the house with Maya's help.

The murdered servants are found by the police. A fortune teller comes to the palace at night and suddenly he runs away. Ravi asks and finds from the fortune teller that a woman among the family is possessed by spirits. Things turn out bloodcurdling with twists and turns. Ravi finds that only her sister Madhavi is possessed. It was the spirit of Selvi,(Hansika Motwani) a village girl which haunted Madhavi. The reason for haunting Madhavi is revealed in the flashback wherein Murali was the lover of her and she was killed mysteriously. What all happens after that, How ghost took revenge on the murderers, how Ravi saved his sister remains the rest of the story.

Cast

Production

Hansika Motwani confirmed in September 2013 that she had signed the film.[4] She also stated she played the main lead and that the story revolves around her character,[5] which was later reported to be a lady with supernatural powers.[6] Sundar C had initially agreed to cast Arya and Nayantara in the sibling roles eventually played by himself ans Andrea Jeremiah, but opted to make changes following the release of Raja Rani (2013), where the actors played husband and wife. Ragini Dwivedi stated that she signed up for the film,[7] but she was later replaced by Raai Laxmi to portray another leading role.[8][9] Vinay Rai was also signed on to play a leading role in the film.[10]Nithin Sathya tweeted that he was a part of the film too.[11]

The filming was started on 28 September 2013 in Pollachi with Raai Laxmi, Andrea, Kovai Sarala, Nithin Sathya and Manobala. Hansika joined the team on 6 October 2013 and told "it's a super challenging role for me that I haven't done till today".[12] The film largely takes place in a palace, for which a set created by Mohan Babu in Hyderabad was used.[2] 2 crores were spent for renovating the palace, in which 70 per cent of the film was shot.[13] According to Sundar C, the film features more than one hour of computer graphics imagery.[14]

Soundtrack

  • Katthi Parvakkaari - Karthik, Surmukhi
  • Peeche Peeche - M. M. Manasi, Surmukhi, Monisha
  • Petromax Light - Velmurugan, Hariharasudhan
  • Sonnathu Sonnathu- Harini
  • Unnaye Enniye - Ananthu, Mukesh, MLR Karthikeyan

Release

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film was given a "U/A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board, It is censored 15 in UK . The Tamil Nadu distribution rights of the film were bought by Rama Narayanan's Sri Thenaandal Films who would jointly release Aranmanai with Udhayanidhi Stalin's Red Giant Movies on 19 September 2014 across Tamil Nadu.[15]

Reception

Aranmanai received mostly positive reviews from critics.[16] The Times of Indiawrote, "This is kitchen sink filmmaking but there is an assurance in how it is done. The film also feels somewhat overlong but the director manages to keep things moving that we just go with the flow. The visual effects are tacky and often excessive while the performances are functional...but then, the film doesn't take itself too seriously and so, we are able to overlook these niggles, and just about enjoy the ride".[17] Deccan Chronicle gave 3 stars and called it "a film which entertains you with its Sundar’s signature style of slapstick comedy combined with some scary moments".[18] Bangalore Mirror wrote, "The horror scenes have been thoughtfully crafted and the principal cast punctuates the thrilling moments with great timing. Tactfully, he (Sundar) has had made a mirch masala from films like Chandramukhi, Arundhathi and Aayiram Jenmangal.[19] Sify wrote, "The commercial elements comedy, horror and glamour has been mixed in the right proposition by the writer and director. What works is a riveting performance by Hansika, along with comedy track of Santhanam &Co and is packaged as a fun entertainer by Sundar C".[20] Behindwoods.com wrote, "Sundar C is back with his typical commercial, fun filled entertainer that has all elements that will keep you engaged all the way, making you overlook those "not-too-glaring" flaws".[21] Cinemalead.com rated 3/5 and wrote, "Aranmanai might not scare you much. Nor does it have something out of the box. But it successfully sets out doing what it intended to".[22] Indiaglitz.com wrote, "The saying, "old wine in a new bottle", might fit Aranmanai with Sundar C's narration and screenplay helping the movie out of its predictable script".[23]

The Hindu wrote, "What’s truly scary about Aranmanai is how it brings nothing new to the horror genre...The film has a whole host of stereotypes associated with the horror genre in Tamil cinema...In many ways, Aranmanai is like a time machine. A few scenes into the film and you find yourself transported to the 80s".[24] Rediff wrote, "Sundar C seems to have let his fans down with this cliché-ridden supernatural thriller. The narration moves at a slow pace and horror moments are practically non-existent. Even the "Aranmanai", around which the entire story revolves, is not impressive".[25]

Box office

Aranmanai took an excellent opening with a first day gross of 2.60 crore (US$390,000) in Tamil Nadu[26] and went to collect gross over 7.55 crore (US$1.1 million) in its opening weekend.[27] In Chennai alone, it collected 89.48 lakh (US$140,000) in the first weekend.[28] After one week the film's collection was estimated at 11.5 crore (US$1.7 million) according to Sreedhar Pillai.[29] Sify wrote that the film had grossed around 18 crores in two weeks at the Tamil Nadu box-office.[30]

Sequel

Sundar C. will direct the sequel titled Aranmanai 2, which will feature and Siddharth Narayan and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles.[31] Hansika Motwani, Poonam Bajwa and Soori have been added to the cast.

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