Directed byR. K. Selvamani
Written byR. K. Selvamani,
Liyakath Ali Khan (dialogues)
Produced byMotherland Movies Internationals
CinematographyM. V. Panneerselvam
Edited byUdhaya Sankar
Music byVidyasagar
Motherland Movies Internationals
Distributed byMotherland Movies Internationals
Release date
12 December 1997
Running time
140 minutes

Arasiyal (transl. Politics) is an Indian 1997 Tamil language film directed by R. K. Selvamani. The film stars Mammootty, Shilpa Shirodkar and Roja. The film, produced by Motherland Movies Internationals, had musical score by Vidyasagar and was released on 12 December 1997.[1]


Chandrasekhar (Mammootty) is an honest collector who arrests Vikram (Anandaraj), an international terrorist, in Delhi. He's transferred to Madras to eradicate the corruption. Chandrasekhar has two sisters, Priya (Jeeva) and Supriya (Roja). Priya is in love with Marudapandi (Charan Raj), a hopeless police officer and Chandrasekhar's friend. Meanwhile, Chandrasekhar is in love with Anita Sharma (Shilpa Shirodkar), a Punjabi girl, who he met in Delhi. Venkatraman (Mansoor Ali Khan), a corrupt politician, is suspected by Chandrasekhar for corruption. Chandrasekhar takes actions against his brothers-in-law, Vishnu (Madhan Bob) and Ramkumar (Uday Prakash) and sent them to jail. Chandrasekhar gets a job promotion because his superiors hate his honest work, but he resigned and showed the journalists the corruption proofs of all corrupted politicians. The people becomes angry and beats all corrupted politicians, and Venkatraman's politic party doesn't even win a seat at the parliament. Chandrasekhar gets married with his lover in Punjab. Venkatraman's wife Vasanthi (Pallavi) was sent to jail for corruption. Venkatraman loses all his money and decides to take vengeance. Vikram, released from jail, wants also to revenge Chandrasekhar and becomes friends with Venkatraman. When Vikram decides to kill Chandrasekhar, he sees his sister Anita Sharma and promised her to protect his husband. Venkatraman's henchmen kidnaps Priya; but when she escaped, she fell from the building and died. They also put a bomb in Supriya's handbag which exploded by killing Supriya and Marudapandi. Venkatraman kills Vikram but Chandrasekhar is suspected for Vikram's murder. Chandrasekhar escapes from the police and kills all corrupted politicians. Finally, Chandrasekhar gets applause for his actions, but the court sends him to jail.



After Makkal Aatchi, the actor and director to join in another political film titled Arasiyal. The director, prior to release, played down any potential controversial story plots and indicated it would be more about a politician's personal life rather than his work. The team shot across North India in 1997 with scenes also filmed at the Harmandir Sahib, Punjab.[2]


The film has won the following awards since its release :

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards 1997


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Vidyasagar. The soundtrack, released in 1997, features 5 tracks with lyrics written by Vairamuthu, Vaasan, Arunmozhi and Piraisoodan.[3][4][5] The film marked the debut of Harish Raghavendra in films.

Track Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Arasiyal Arasiyal" Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Anitha Kuppusamy Vairamuthu 3:49
2 "Hello Nanthalaala" Sujatha Mohan Vaasan 4:19
3 "Sindhubathi" Sundar Rajan, Anupama 5:00
4 "Vaa Sagi Vaa Sagi" Harish Raghavendra, Uma Ramanan Arunmozhi 4:53
5 "Varai En Thozhiyae" S. P. B. Charan, Harini, Shubha Mudgal Piraisoodan 4:37
6 "Varai En Thozhiyae" II Sujatha Mohan, Swarnalatha, Shubha Mudgal 4:34


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