Movie of the Month


Film Title: Aaranya Kaandam

Event No : 3
Date of Screening : 12-Jan-2013
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Thiagarajan Kumararaja



Two archrival mafia gangs lead by Singaperumal and Gajendran get into a messy fist fight when a bag of cocaine belonging to Gajendran falls into the hands of a poor destitute farmer and his son, who try to sell it to Singaperumal. How does Pasupathi, Singaperumal's Lieutenant, manages to save his wife and the farmer (and his son) while safely decimating the two groups is what forms the rest of the story The story also has a simple layer of Sappai and Subbu which adds a tinge of sarcasm to the entire plot.

Language: Tamil
Running Time: 160 mins
Release Date: June 10, 2011
Directed by: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
Produced by: S. P. B. Charan
Written by: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
Jackie Shroff, Ravi KrishnaSampath Raj, Yasmin Ponnappa, Somasundaram
Music by: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Shot by: P. S. Vinod
Editing by:
Praveen K. L., N. B. Srikanth

About the Film

Aaranya Kaandam was the first of its kind movie in Tamil Cinema. The movie describes one day of life of a gangster and various other characters who influence the decision he makes.


  1. The first Neo-noir film in Tamil cinema.
  2. The climax of the movie was written first but the director then wrote multiple story-lines with 3 climaxes.
  3. The poster of the resembles the poster of Akira (A Japanese movie)
  4. There are no heroes or villains in the movie and neither has any soundtrack.


  1. National award 2012 for Best Debut Film of a Director and Best Editing

About the Director

Starting his career on a high with critically acclaimed Aaranya Kaandam, Thiagarajan Kumararaja received his first national award as a director.

A drop-out from Loyola College, he started working as a freelance photographer. He moved on to work on advertisements, short TV documentaries and shorts; but his big break came with writing dialogues for Oram Po.

After a lot of trials and issues with censor board, Kumararaja got a green signal for his debut movie which took about a year for completion.


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