In a village in South India, rearing roosters, maintaining them and using them for fights are a way of life and a matter of honor and lifeline to many people.


Vetrimaaran (as Vetri Maaran)


Meghana Karthik (subtitles), Vetrimaaran (as Vetri Maaran)
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Credited cast:
Dhanush ... K.P. Karuppu
Taapsee Pannu ... Irene Clauge
Jayabalan Jayabalan ... Pettaikaran
Kishore Kumar G. ... Durai (as Kishore)
Aadukalam Naren ... Rathnavelu (as Narein)
V. Jayaprakash ... Irene relative
Meenal Meenal ... Pettaikaaran's Wife
Murugadass ... Karuppu's friend
Alwa Vasu Alwa Vasu ... Tournament host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Periya Karuppu Thevar Periya Karuppu Thevar ... Ayub


Rearing roosters, maintaining them and using them for fights are a way of life and a matter of honor and lifeline to many people. In such a tenement, Pettaikaaran (Jayabalan) leads a very respectable life with his key aides Durai (Kishore) and Karuppu (Dhanush) along with others. His main adversary in hen fights is Rathinam, the police inspector. Pettaikaarar is known to have an impeccable track record of successes when it comes to fowl fights especially with Rathinam's. In an unexpected situation, Pettaikaaran challenges Rathinam to a fowl contest which witnesses Karuppu violating his mentor Pettaikaarar's word but emerging successfully with enviable proceeds. This results in the swelling of his status among his folks which plants the seeds of animosity in the minds of Pettaikaaran. What follows is an interesting and unexpected path with twists and turns highlighting on the way the multiple layers of human emotions with sense playing truant. Written by Subramanian

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Tamil movie of the season
22 January 2011 | by sathya30588See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised and full of emotions after watching Aadukalam. Initially centered around rooster fights and a love story, I wondered what this movie could tell. But masterful direction by Vetrimaran and a wonderful performance from Dhanush and other actors puts this movie alongside the best in Tamil.

Dhanush has displayed a myriad of emotions in this movie and has proved to be a great actor. The story seems to be long but it stays in your mind. The darkness of the Pettaikaran character may irk you a bit. Aadukalam has trust, betrayal, angst, happiness, sorrow and what not? The Behind-the-screen departments have performed a tremendous job. The rooster-fight graphics was awesome.

Overall I'd say, it's one of a kind movie! Go for Aadukalam at once!!

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Release Date:

14 January 2011 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Pandem Kollu See more »

Filming Locations:

Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India


Box Office


INR200,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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