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Aruvi (2016)

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A gentle girl born and brought up amidst the ever growing eco-social-consumeristic environment finds it difficult to fit in the society. She decides to take it hard on the people. What she does is the rest of the story.
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Credited cast:
Aditi Balan ... Aruvi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Padmashri Mohammad Ali Padmashri Mohammad Ali ... Shakil Waqaab
Pradeep Anthony Pradeep Anthony ... Peter
Arnold Arnold ... Aruvi's Brother Karuna
K. Babu K. Babu ... Inspector
Bala Bala ... Subhash
Bharath Bharath ... Badshah
Kavitha Bharathy Kavitha Bharathy ... Director Balaji
Madan Chakravarthy Madan Chakravarthy ... Arul Mani
Karthikeyan Chinnaswamy Karthikeyan Chinnaswamy ... Badri Sheshadri
Dakshana Dakshana ... Baby Aruvi
Lakshmi Gopalaswamy ... Shobha Parthasarathy
Hema Hema ... Aruvi's Mother
Hemalatha Hemalatha ... Papathi
Kamala Kamala ... Dr. Sharada Kittappa


A gentle girl born and brought up amidst the ever growing eco-social-consumeristic environment finds it difficult to fit in the society. She decides to take it hard on the people. What she does is the rest of the story.

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15 December 2017 (India) See more »

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$400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 350,000,000
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Dream Warrior Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Aruvi was screened at various film festivals within India and overseas, including the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival, before being released in theaters See more »


References Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »


Merku Karaiyil
Written by Arun Prabu Purushothaman
Performed by Bindhumalini, Vedant Bharadwaj
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If it doesn't arouse, is it art? ARUVI does
16 December 2017 | by samsamaellynchSee all my reviews

This is one of the best films of 2017 with an almost watertight screenplay that keeps you completely engrossed from start to finish with some mesmerizing central performances from the characters and the sidekicks but the main attraction of this movie has to be Aditi Balan. This actress manages to pull you in the story. She brings an intensity to the screen that only a few actors and actresses are able to do. You will love her and care for her. Through her you will experience a morality play showing how evil does not necessarily manifest itself in an orgy of destruction caused by war, that its roots may lie concealed in the malicious pranks of everyday life. I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch this, and I was pleasantly surprised by a film that confounded all of my expectations.

Aditi Balan, the lead actress at the center of ARUVI has lived the character and her ability to portray both utter intelligence and unknowable vacancy, as she does here, shows an uncommon deal of range. Her character in ARUVI has dropped out of society and every hint that we get is greeted with a contradiction. It then unfolds, flashbacks sandwiched between the main story. This way the movie never lets go of the suspense, while on the same time, it unravels new things for the viewer.

Well there are abundant world movies on psycho-cultural mirrors, harassment, male domination and abuse that are far better than this and Black Book, Red Road, Red, White & Blue comes to mind. I can't deny the fact that the Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu's ending with 'Katheyondu Shuruvaagide' song runs through towards the climax of the Aruvi.

Do not go to this movie expecting right to win and evil to perish, it won't happen, but along the way you will be asked to question every assumption. But believe me it's not easy being a woman in India and on the other hand this not a feminist movie as few of my friends had stated so. This is uncompromising, unashamed and a smash in your face, Post-Modernism, philosophical drama in short and on the side note the war between the rat race sexes and hedonist will rage on regardless.

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