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7aum Arivu
Directed by A. R. Murugadoss
Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin
Written by A. R. Murugadoss
Starring Suriya
Shruti Haasan
Johnny Tri Nguyen
Music by Harris Jayaraj
  • Ravi K. Chandran
  • Ravi Varman
Editing by Anthony
Studio Red Giant Movies
Distributed by Red Giant Movies
Release date(s) 25 October 2011 (2011-10-25)
Running time 168 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 80 crore
Money made 100 crore

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. The film was also dubbed in Hindi as Chennai v/s China in 2014 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.


  • Suriya as Bodhidharma and Aravind
  • Shruti Haasan as Subha Srinivasan (Sudha in Hindi dubbed version)
  • Johnny Tri Nguyen as Dong Lee
  • Guinness Pakru as Aravind's friend
  • Ashwin Kakumanu as Ashwin
  • Saahil Chitkara as Imran Saahil
  • Dhanya Balakrishna as Malathi
  • Misha Ghoshal as Nisha
  • Ilavarasu as Aravind's uncle
  • Abhinaya as Bodhidharma's wife
  • Urmila Unni as Queen
  • Mousumi Saha as Srinivasan's Mother
  • Avinash
  • Azhagam Perumal in a guest appearance

Box office

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

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