|Starring||Rajinikanth, Cho, Sangeetha, Jaya, Jayalakshmi|
|Lyric By||Panchu Arunachalam|
|Singers||S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran, S. P. Sailaja, Sasirekha|
Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai is a 1979 Tamil-language drama film, directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth. The film was written and produced by Panju Arunachalam under P. A. Arts Productions. The cast also included Thilak, Cho, Thengai Seenivasan, Jayalakshmi, Sangeetha, Jaya and Mallika. Soundtrack for the film was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
The movie is a portrayal of the life of Santhanam (Rajinikanth), the eldest son of a poor widow who struggles to make ends meet. He spends the first half of his life toiling day and night to provide his younger siblings an education and spends second half watching them leading comfortable lives, while he continues his struggle for survival.
The film was screened for 25 weeks in the Midland theatre, Chennai. It was dubbed in Telugu as O Inti Katha and was remade into Telugu as Maharaju (1985) with Sobhan Babu. The film was also remade in Kannada as Poorna Chandra with Ambareesh.
Soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Panchu Arunachalam.