Directed by Saran
Produced by Subha Saran
Written by Saran
Music by Bharathwaj
Cinematography Krishna Ramanan
Sathyan Sooryan (Additional Cinematography)
Edited by Kevin
Company Saran Movie Factory
Sankar K Praveen Films
Release date 22 September 2017
Aayirathil Iruvar (English: Two in a thousand) is a 2017 Indian Tamil film written, directed and co-produced by Saran. The film features Vinay in dual lead roles and three newcomers, Samuthrika, Swasthika and Kesha Khambhati, as the female leads, while the director’s regular composer Bharathwaj scores the music. The film was shot primarily in Thirunelveli while filming took also place in Hyderabad, Bangkok and Dubai.The film was said to be dealing with money laundering and hawala. The film which began production in 2012 went through production delays and released on September 22, 2017.
Vinay as Senthattikaalai and Sevathakaalai
Samuthrika as Adhirshtamalar
Swasthika as Bhumika
Kesha Khambhati as Urmila Naidu
Pradeep Rawat as Beemaraju
Kaajal Pasupathi as Arundhati
Aruldoss as Mandhiramoorthy
Daniel Annie Pope
In September 2012, it was first reported that Saran had stopped working on the pre-production of Aal, Ambu, Senai, a venture featuring Vishal and chosen to work on a script titled Senthatti Kaalai Sevatha Kaalai with Vinay in the lead role. The film was announced to be jointly produced by Vikram Raju for Vega Entertainment and Saran who would also work on the story, screenplay and direction. Bharathwaj, a regular in Saran’s projects, was signed on to compose the music while three new girls called Samuthrika, Kadambari Jethwani and Shilpi Verma were signed on to play pivotal roles.
Production began in December 2012 in Thirunelveli, and posters from a photo shoot featuring Vinay in dual roles were released later in February 2013.Bharadwaj noted that the film was a musical, revealing he had composed six songs of usual length plus fifteen more of about thirty seconds length for scenes.However the film ran into troubles in 2013 and filming was postponed for the remainder of the year. The team re-emerged and began production again in early January 2014, with Saran announcing that he had taken over the production and that new actresses Swasthika and Kesha Khambhati were also being introduced, in place of a couple of actresses who had been revealed earlier. In a press meet in August 2014, Saran announced that he had renamed two of the three female lead to avoid confusion with existing artistes.
Hindi actress Sakshi Chaudhary became Samuthrika for Tamil films after impressing Saran at an audition, while Surabhi Santhosh became Swasthika after Saran was impressed by a photograph. Supporting actress Rethika Srinivas, previously seen in Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (2012) and Nimirndhu Nil (2014), revealed that she would play a village character pitted against the two characters played by Vinay. She also revealed that the film’s title had been changed to Aayirathil Iruvar and the team subsequently shot scenes in Tirunelveli. Besides Rethika, Sana and Kaajal Pasupathi were reported to play important roles. After three years of delays, the film was readied for release in September 2017 with the team heavily promoting Kaajal in the promotional posters, after she had gained fame through her appearance in Bigg Boss (2017).
Soundtrack album by Bharathwaj
Released 11 February 2015
Label Junglee Music
The film’s music was composed by Bharathwaj, while the audio rights of the film was acquired by Junglee Music. The album released on 11 February 2015 with seven songs featuring lyrics by Vairamuthu and Kabilan Vairamuthu.
The film’s release was delayed for three years before makers readied the project for release in September 2017, following the publicity created by Vinay’s appearance in Mysskin’s crime thriller Thupparivaalan (2017). The film had a theatrical release on 22 September 2017 on the most crowded release date of the year at the Chennai box office, releasing alongside eight other films. Aayirathil Iruvar received negative reviews, with Sudhir Srinivasan of The New Indian Express writing it was an “all-round rotten drama” and adding “Aayirathil Iruvar is Tamil cinema’s slap on every person who thinks film critics have an easy job”, before rating it at 0.5 out of 5. A critic from Indiaglitz.com wrote “it is hard to believe that Saran has directed this mess” and that Vinay should “hope to forget this film in a hurry”.Likewise, a reviewer from The Times of India wrote “to even attempt to describe the plot of Aayirathil Iruvar is enough to send one’s head spinning, for writer-director Saran fills it with so many subplots that it is quite a wonder that the film makes some sense”.
Aayirathil Iruvar is a Tamil movie starring Vinay, Samuthrika, Swasthika and Kesha Khambhati in prominent roles. The cast also includes Sreejith Ravi, Pradeep Singh Rawat, Kaajal Pasupathi, Rethika Srinivas and Daniel Annie Pope. It is a romance action directed by Saran with Bharathwaj as the music composer, forming part of the crew.