A steamy dance number which highlights Rajini's dance with Rambha is considered one of the high points of the movie!
The film was later dubbed and released in Telugu under the same name.
Rajinikanth lost the Rudraksh bead he held with reference during the shooting of the film, and became deeply upset at its loss. Unable to bear thought of losing it, he immediately ordered a search at the shooting spot at midnight and with the help of the giant lights used for shooting, and was a assuaged only after the divine bead was found.
Legendary comedienne Manorama was also surprisingly added to the cast, despite having caused a controversy the previous year by lashing out at Rajinikanth's political motives
Initially, the lead heroine of the film was expected to be either Manisha Koirala, who had appeared in successive blockbusters in 'Bombay' and 'Indian', or Meena who had featured in Rajinikanth's previous film, 'Muthu'. Simran and Shalini was also linked to the role, before Soundarya and Rambha were signed on as heroines.
After the success of 'Muthu' in 1995, Rajinikanth took a year out dabbling in politics and taking a sabbatical before announcing that his next film would be "Arunachalam", written by Crazy Mohan. He decided to make this movie in order to help eight of his struggling colleagues from the Tamil movie industry.
The phenomenal success of the movie turned out to be another feather in the cap of actor Rajinikanth who further established himself as the "Superstar" of the masses.
This movie is based on the Hollywood movie 'Brewster's Millions', which for its part was inspired from the novel of the same name, written by George Barr McCutcheon in 1902.
The film opened in April 1997 to mixed reviews from film critics but went on to win three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, including an award for Best Film. It also became a commercial blockbuster completing a 205 day run all over the State.
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