Tamil Movie Review: Aruvi (2017)- A cascade of emotions

Aruvi is a 2017 Tamil movie starring the debutant actress Aditi Balan in the lead role. The movie narrates the struggle of a 24-year old girl in the society. It is a perfect socio-political movie packed tightly with mixed emotions and the scintillating performances by the cast.

Movie Name: Aruvi (Waterfalls)
Genre: Drama, Social
Director: Arun Prabhu Purushothaman
Music Director: Vedanth Bharadwaj, Bindhu Malini
Cast: Aditi Balan, Anjali Varathan, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Shwetha Shekar, Pradeep Antony
Mohammad Ali Baig, Kavitha Bharathi


Aruvi is a heroine-centric movie which boldly narrates the story of a 24-year old girl named Aruvi (Aditi Balan). The movie starts with the arrest of Aruvi by the police officer Shakeel (Mohammad Ali Baig) from the anti-terrorism wing and it moves forward with the interrogation of Shakeel to Aruvi's family, friends and the people who are associated with Aruvi's arrest. The answers revealed during the interrogation session conducted by the cop provide a clarification and justification to the questions such as who is Aruvi? Is Aruvi a terrorist? What made Aruvi become a terrorist? and Why did Aruvi hold a TV studio under siege?

Aruvi Movie Poster

[Image Source: Movie poster downloaded from filmibeat.com]


The story of Aruvi is a simple and a powerful one which focuses on the struggle of a young girl in the money-minded society. Aditi Balan (Aruvi) who played the lead role in the movie has simply stolen the show with her fantabulous acting. The aftermath problems faced by Aruvi when her parents forced her to leave their home clearly portrayed the survival hurdles of an independent young girl in our Indian society. Anjali Varadhan, a transgender who played the role of Emily, Aruvi's friend is a pillar of support in the movie. The movie casually delivers some strong messages on the go through various emotions.

Have you ever wondered how reality shows at the top TV channels are organized? This movie unleashes the true colors of the reality shows and what they do to increase their TRP rating. Through her excellent acting, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy who played the role of Shoba Parthasarathy, the host of a reality show called Solvathellam Sathyam (Whatever is told is the truth) reminds us the popular reality show which is being conducted at the private TV channels.

Including the 'Truth or Dare' game concept in the movie is really an innovative idea. It is purely a comedy riot when Aruvi plays the 'Truth or Dare' game with the hostages by rotating a beer bottle. Notable performances were delivered by Kavitha Bharathi(Director of the reality show), Pradeep Antony(Peter), security and the boy who serves tea. The role of Aruvi's mom, brother and Shwetha Sekhar (Jessy, Aruvi's college friend) has not created much impact in the movie. But overall, everyone has delivered a captivating performance. The sliding part is the melodrama touch at the end of the story which can be ignored when the movie is considered as a whole.

Technically, the cinematography of Shelley Calist and editing work of Raymond Crasta is equally appreciable. Music is a big strength of the film. The song placement is good but the songs failed to create a magical feel. The BGM score of Bindu Malini and Vedant Bharadwaj truly elevated the emotions of the audience to a different level especially at the tragic scenes and gives a heavy-hearted feeling to the audience.

The movie is tightly packed with a set of mixed emotions such as anger, drama, laughter, tragedy, and loneliness. Handling all the emotions in a neat manner and delivering it to the audience in a pleasing way is not an easy job, but the debutant director Arun Prabhu Purushothaman has handled with great care and has crafted the story flawlessly. The director has broken the stereotypical way of making a movie with stardom faces, duet songs, filmy type dialogues and stunts and has introduced fresh and talented actors to Tamil film industry through his promising story and filmmaking.

Aruvi is undoubtedly one of the best Tamil films of the year 2017 which has given an amazing director like Arun Prabhu and a fantabulous actress like Aditi Balan to Kollywood.

As per the meaning of the name Aruvi (waterfalls), the film also flows heavily with a set of mixed emotions and has given a proper justification to the movie title. It is truly a remarkable story bundled with emotions.

Aruvi is a must watch movie which will definitely give an amazing feel of drenching in a waterfall to the audience.


Author: Natarajan04 Jan 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

An excellent movie to be watched by all for the sheer narrative style and the manner in which the viewer can connect with the real events happening in TV shows. We should applaud the performance of Aditi Balan and the daring decision by the director for casting a new face in such a profile female character oriented movie wherein people who have expected an established actress to essay the lead role.

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