Aayirathil Oruvan (One Man in a Thousand) is a 2010 fantasy adventure Tamil–language film directed by Selvaraghavan, who with the project, directs his fifth feature film.
The film stars Karthi Sivakumar, Reema Sen and Andrea Jeremiah in the lead roles with Parthiban playing a pivotal role. The film, produced by R. Ravindran at a budget of 32 crore rupees, features music composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, cinematography by Ramji and editing by Kola Bhaskar.
The film begins with an episode in AD 1279, when the successor of the last great Chola Emperor, pending invasion, sends his people, to survive the threat. The story resumes with an archaeologist, a coolie and a member of the army going in search of the archaeologist’s father to the ruined city that was the place the exiled Chola Prince retreated to. An expedition is promptly arranged, and on the course they stumble on the lost Chola civilization and its king and find unexplained links between them and the culture. The shocking events and the problems that arise forms the crux of the story.
The film languished in development hell due to slow progress of the shoot and the extensive pre and post-production works, evading release dates ranging one year. Shooting began in July 2007, and took place in various locations: Chalakudy, Kerala; Jaisalmer, Rajasthan; and other regions throughout India with a record number of extras. Prior to release, the film was given an adult rating by the Central Board of Film Certification and worldwide rights for the film were sold for a record Rs.35 crores. The film released simultaneously with a Telugu dubbing, coinciding with the festival of Thai Pongal on January 14, 2010. Upon release the film has received contrastingly mixed reviews.