Arasu is a 2007 Indian Kannada-language film directed by Mahesh Babu. It features Puneeth Rajkumar in the title role as the son of a business tycoon who leaves his inherited wealth to make a living on his own upon being rejected by a girl who he proposes to in marriage; Ramya plays his love interest. Meera Jasmine appears as a parallel lead opposite Puneeth. Srinivasa Murthy, Komal and Adi Lokesh appear in supporting roles.
Popular south Indian actress Shriya Saran also make a cameo appearance in this film. This is Shriya's first Kannada language film. This film made huge expectation among the fans and become a blockbuster.
Shivaraj Aras (Puneeth Rajkumar) is a non-resident Indian who is contented with spending his father's money. He is advised to return to India by his manager Ramanna (Srinivasa Murthy) to run the well-progressing companies he heads. Once in India, Aras finds it hard to adjust to the mediocre life led by people. He falls in love with Ramanna's daughter Shruthi (Ramya) and proposes marriage to her who rejects, challenging him to earn at least ₹5,000 for a month on his own before she can think of considering his proposal and makes a caustic remark on the company. This startles Aras who takes up the challenge quitting the company and goes in search of a job.
Now on streets without a single pie in his pocket Shivaraj struggles hard. He keeps on telling that he would give in excess of what he takes to fill his hunger initially. The hotelier feels that he has lost mental balance. He finds an old lady selling bananas. He repeats the same and eats two bananas and promises Rs. 200,000 for the old lady after month. At this stage he finds an ordinary girl Aishwarya (Meera Jasmine). The muscle power of Shivaraj when the rowdies attack her earns good name. Shivaraj also gets a job as a sales representative in the saree shop where Aishwarya is working. He finds a place to live in the small room of Aishwarya. Aishwarya turns very sympathetic and Shivaraj decides to stay in the house for one month. Shivaraj sleeps on the floor and his wonderful behavior and lot of help for the people in his colony gives him a comfortable standing. He owes a lot for Sruthi for her remark that has changed his life style and he is extremely happy with Aishwarya for supporting him in knowing the hard realities in life.
Now the phase three of the film after the interval! Shivaraj is liked immensely by Aishwarya in this one month. On the other hand Sruthi is also in love with Shivaraj and ready to marry him. Sruthi and Aishwarya are of course very good friends. Shivaraj is not aware that Aishwarya is in love with him but Aishwarya declares to Shruthi that she is in love with Shivaraj that surprises her. Now Sruthi decides to give up his love for the sake of her friend Aishwarya. On the other hand Aishwarya knowing that Sruthi is ready for marriage with Shivaraj also comes forward for sacrifice of her love. Not knowing what to do the intelligent Shivaraj takes a bold step. Without revealing his decision he convinces both for the marriage with two of his good friends Darshn and Aditya. Both Sruthi and Aishwarya get deceived with the tactics of Shivaraj. This is where the audience also get baffled.
Two good friends Darshan and Aditya have taken acceptance to find a girl for Shivaraj. In comes Shriya saying 'ILY' to Shivaraj.