7aum Arivu

2011 Indian film directed by A. R. Murugadoss

7aum Arivu (pronunciation: Ēḻām aṟivu) (English: Seventh Sense) is a 2011 Indian science fiction-martial arts film written and directed by AR Murugadoss, featuring Suriya and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles and Johnny Tri Nguyen as the main antagonist. The film, produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin began production in May 2010 and was released on 25 October 2011 in Chennai and a day later, on Diwali, worldwide. The visual effects for the film were done by US based Legacy effects, making this their second Indian film after Enthiran. 7aum Arivu received mixed critical response upon release, and opened strongly at the box office. It was also dubbed into Telugu as 7th Sense which released simultaneously along with the Tamil original.[3] The film was also dubbed in Hindi as Chennai v/s China in 2014[4] as well as in Malayalam with the original title. The film was also one out of several films selected by the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce for being the Indian submission for Oscar under the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[5][6][7]

7aum Arivu
Directed byA. R. Murugadoss
Produced byUdhayanidhi Stalin
Written byA. R. Murugadoss
Shruti Haasan
Johnny Tri Nguyen
Music byHarris Jayaraj
Edited byAnthony
Distributed byRed Giant Movies
Release date
  • 25 October 2011 (2011-10-25)
Running time
168 minutes
Budget80 crore[2]
Box office90 crore[2]


Box officeEdit

7aum Arivu had a strong opening on 25 October, a day prior to Diwali.[8] The film had a huge six-day opening weekend worldwide.[9] In Chennai alone, the film grossed 90 million in its lifetime.[10] Indian film trades considered 7aum Arivu a commercial success,[11][12] despite a high budget and distribution price.[13]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 T.N.Ashok (16 February 2013). "Tamil films alive and kicking". Madras Musings. Ezhaam Arivu (7th Sense) made by Murugadoss earned only Rs.90 crore against a large investment of Rs.137 crore
  3. "K-town's successful Tollywood link". The Times of India. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  4. "Chennai vs China (7aum Arivu) Promo 1". Zee Cinema. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  5. Vazhakku En 18/9 and 7aum Arivu in Oscar nomination list – Tamil Movie News. IndiaGlitz (18 September 2012). Retrieved on 9 November 2012.
  6. Tamil Films In Oscar Race This Year ! – Tamil Films – 7aum Arivu – Vazhakku En – Tamil Movie News. Behindwoods.com (17 September 2012). Retrieved on 9 November 2012.
  7. Oscar race: Vazhakku trumps 7aum Arivu Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine. Times of India. 19 September 2012
  8. "Chennai Diwali Box-Office (October 26 to 30)v". Sify. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  9. "7aum Arivu vs. Velayutham". Behindwoods. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  10. "7aum Arivu". Behindwoods. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  11. "7aum Arivu - Behindwoods - Tamil Top Ten Movies". Behindwoods. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. "Top 10 Tamil grossers of 2011". Sify. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  13. T. N. Ashok (16 February 2013). "Tamil films: alive and kicking". Madras Musings. Ezhaam Arivu (7th Sense) made by Murugadoss earned only Rs.90 crore against a large investment of Rs. 80 crore, major costs being accounted for by location shooting in China and Thailand besides actor Surya's fees.