Ayan Review – Aiyo, Sori Padam

Ayan at U.K. Box Office – Ayyo, Embarrassing

Dai Machchi, Indha Surya Padam oru Sori Padam da. Sori Padam. (Hey buddy, this is a scabies-infested movie).

An ugly movie beyond redemption, Ayan is the latest piece of shit to emerge from the Augean sewers of Kollywood.

With not even a fig leaf of a story to cover its ugly entrails, Ayan’s raison d’etre is that a few agents of Lucifer at AVM and Sun Pictures had more money than they knew what to do with – so, they flushed it down the toilet and lo, at the other end of the sewer pipe emerged Ayan.

Zero Entertainment Value
Featuring Surya, Tamanna, Prabhu and two escapees from the Vandalur Zoo answering to the taunts of Akashdeep Sehgal and Jegan and directed by a nincompoop called K.V.Anand, Ayan offers zero entertainment value. Zilch.

With a story not in the least bit credible or gripping, the acting so mediocre and music below average, Ayan left us numb with shock at the amateurishness of it all.

Not for one moment in the two hours and 40 minutes did we get our money’s worth ($12 for the ticket).

Bizarre Story
The silly story centers around a young smuggler Deva (Surya) jetting around the world on smuggling trips for his mentor Das (Prabhu) and making the Indian Customs look like a bunch of buffoons.

A long-haired cartoon character Akashdeep Sehgal plays the villain Kamalesh. If someone were to stick a tail to this Akashdeep character, it’d be completely at home in the Vandalur Zoo as would Jegan who plays Deva’s sidekick Chitti.

Not content merely with making the Indian law enforcement authorities look like a bunch of blithering idiots in this ceaseless affront of a movie, Ayan director Anand adds insult to injury by bizarrely rewarding one of the professional smugglers with the plum government job of Professional Consultant/Officer. Don’t even try to justify this as a reward for assistance rendered in the cause of justice. Some reward. Some justice.

Surya – Mediocre Show
Surya once again delivers a embarrassingly poor performance. Whether on a smuggling mission in Congo, racing around like a maniac in Malaysia or cavorting with his lady love Tamanna, this fella disappoints. Big time.

Even Surya’s dialog delivery lacks pizzazz.

Worse, the clown doesn’t even seem to make an effort, perhaps in asinine hopes that his broad chest will deliver the goods.

At this rate, Surya will have as much success in Kollywood as his old man Sivakumar had in his heydays, which is very little.

Tamanna plays Yamuna, Surya’s lady love in the movie.

Given the sophomoric nonsense of a story, the Mumbai lass doesn’t have much of a role in Ayan except to act like a retard at frequent intervals.

While Tammana is without doubt a better actress than the ugly Kollywood trinity of Nayantara, Trisha and Shriya, we wouldn’t put her in the Meera Jasmine, Sandhya, Navya Nair or Padmapriya category.

By the way, we found Tamanna’s smile bewitching. Sweeeet.

We were not entranced by Ayan’s music either.

What about the picturization of the songs, you ask? Pathetic, in one word. Same old, same old – a bunch of clowns tromping up and down.

Worse, the characters in Ayan break out in songs at the oddest moments. Like for instance when Surya is released from the lockup at the police station, Surya and Tamanna suddenly break out in that stupid Nenje Nenje song.

Never in the history of Tamil movies has there been a song as repulsively picturized as Honey Honey.

Also, will someone please tell Surya and Tamanna that jumping like monkeys reaching for their bananas on a tall tree is not the same as dancing.

So Much for So Little
It boggles the mind that the remorseless bozos behind Ayan went around the world (Malaysia, Namibia and other parts of Africa) to bring us this hellish nightmare. Talk of squandering money.

There were about 25 people for the opening show. The audience didn’t seem to be very engaged with the movie going by the constant chitchat and people walking out.

There weren’t many people waiting for the 7PM show either when we came out around 6:35PM ET. Perhaps, it was the bad weather on the East Coast.

Or maybe word had spread that this piece of trash a.k.a. Ayan is best shown the middle finger.

SearchIndia.com strongly recommends that you stay away from the offensive nightmare that is Ayan if you value your sanity and if you value your money in these hard economic times.

Sori Padam. Tu. Tu

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89 Responses to "Ayan Review – Aiyo, Sori Padam"

  1. mallukuttan   April 4, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Very much expected.. In fact you have said nothing.. The movie is so f**ing bad!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: In fact you have said nothing..

    Not sure what you mean…We described it scathingly in Tamil as a Sori Padam and followed up with:

    An ugly movie beyond redemption, Ayan is the latest piece of shit to emerge from the augean sewers of Kollywood.

    Surprised to see that a few reviews (on other sites) are favorable for this awful movie.

  2. kaleshgopi   April 4, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Sun pictures is sure that they can recover the distributor’s share by marketing through suntv ads, they done this before for films like thenavattu, padikkathavan etc. and it is clear that sun is always aiming at the frontbenchers, if you don’t want to see the usual mass masala stuff then don’t go for a sunpics movie!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We doubt Ayan has a chance. It’s so bad.

  3. kaleshgopi   April 4, 2009 at 2:51 am

    sun pictures is sure that they will get their distributer’s share as the marketing through suntv ads has a huge impact on the viewers

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    But word of mouth is sure to be so bad for this piece of junk.

  4. machosurya   April 4, 2009 at 3:16 am

    The movie is doing quite well in singapore and malaysia. even my friends in UK have told that it is sort of ok and the response is quite good over there. .. one has to be in senses to review abt anything. a doped lowlife like you will always be pessimisitic. theres a saying in tamil which goes like ” kamala kannanuku kandathellam manjalla thaan theriyum”.true, wat ever will you see will appear awful. because you are one such a awful person. come out of ur lowlife poor dude!!!!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Go ahead, shoot the messenger of ill tidings.

    2. You write: The movie is doing quite well in singapore and malaysia. even my friends in UK have told that it is sort of ok and the response is quite good over there.

    What’s in the water in Singapore and Malaysia?

  5. Vivek   April 4, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Nothing about prabhu and renuka’s performance and most importantly what about akshay’s tasveer

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Overall, Ayan is so rotten that we doubt whether even the big ‘Prabhu‘ (God) can save this piece of shit.

    Prabhu and Renuka were not bad but their performances don’t make a whit of a difference to this trashy movie.

    2. 8×10 Tasveer – May skip it. That idiot Akshay Kumar features only in junk movies these days.

    Look at his last few movies Chandni Chowk to China, Tashan, Singh is King. All, plain awful.

  6. RAGA   April 4, 2009 at 3:48 am

    good review by searchindia.com.

    congrats and thanks. But, you didn’t write that the stunts were so horrible.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Since when have stunts ever been good in Tamil movies.

    For the most part, stunts in Tamil movies are still somewhere in the paleolithic era.

  7. Vivek   April 4, 2009 at 4:28 am

    What about akshay’s 8 /10 tasveer

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    8×10 Tasveer – May skip it. As we said earlier, the bozo Akshay Kumar features only in junk movies these days.

  8. suchitraaaaa   April 4, 2009 at 8:47 am


    Oh My God.. I can never call this a good movie… Another pathetic movie in the series… If Bhima made a flop show for vikram.. then Ayan is for Surya….
    An Actor with more than 20 movies and many lessons learnt.. could have sensed the effect of movie to the audience.. and not sure why Surya didnt sense it…. Surya…. Please do not appear on TV shows again.. with regards to this movie…. Cant even compare with a 20 yr old smuggling story based movie.. such a pathetic screen play.. within 10 mins of the movie start we could sense the friend is sent by his rival as spy.. but the hero understands it after 1 hour… what a narration…. I dont think any one needs a six pack to act in such a directors movie… Poor Surya would loose his fame if he continues doing the same…. if video piracy is what you are trying to avert.. this has not done anything for that…. and this movie is not worth to watch in a pirated movie..

  9. suchitraaaaa   April 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

    [Deleted because of repetition]

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

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  10. mallukuttan   April 4, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Hi SI,

    Well I just meant that whatever you said was too less.. The movie is sheer torture 😉

    Anyway r ya skipping tasveer? 😉

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. The right name for Surya in future would probably be Sori-Padam Surya. You know, just like Flop-Thalapathy Vijay

    2. Will most likely skip Tasveer. Haven’t heard anything good about it. Plus, it’s very windy outside. Just returned from a short drive outside. 9:00AM ET

    Did you watch Tasveer…what do you think about it?

  11. mallukuttan   April 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Guys just check this out!


    3 and half stars… What the —- ?????

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Maybe, Sun Pictures screened a different picture (with same title) for that reviewer alone.

    Ridiculous review. Looks like the reviewer is totally besotted with Surya.

    Read this excerpt from your above link:

    It looks like Suriya’s going through a haloed phase in his career: scripts apart, wherever he is, the screen simply lights up. There’s simply nothing that can outmatch his screen-presence, regardless of whether he’s dancing on the sands with Tamannaah a la Ghajini’s Guzarish, or gritting his teeth when bashing up goons. Here, he’s back in form as the typical Tamil hero who’s larger than life. And he makes it work. Judging by the starting scenes in the airport, it looks like he’s had a blast too as he outwits the customs a dozen times.

    To the fawning reviewer, we bet Sury’a s*** would smell sweet too.

  12. shadowfax_arbit   April 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Agree that Ayan was a total shit….

    Of the latest movies, I liked ‘Yavarum Nalam’ and ‘Venila Kabadi Kuzhu’.

    Yavarum Nalam was very different and unique for a ghost movie.. Did u guys check out YN or VKK?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We doubt Venila Kabadi Kuzhu made it to the East Coast.

    As for Yavarum Nalam, we skipped it and went to Gomorrah.

    Will definitely see Yavarum Nalam when it comes out on DVD.

  13. guruji   April 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Why do keep watching Indian movies, when you in your infinite wisdom you know that 99.99% of them turn out bad? Are you plain stupid?

    Ignorant desis like me will never listen to you and smart desis like you don’t need your advice. So, what’s the point? Your blog is effing useless.


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. We stand by the name we gave you in February – Crackhead. Happy? 🙂

    2. You write: Why do keep watching Indian movies,

    Should that calamitous day arrive when we have to explain ourselves to jackasses like you, we’ll pour some lead into our head.

  14. IAmAnIdiot   April 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    u hardly have the any success in life as compare to Siva Kumar & Surya…u are a failure in life..negative…always on this blog …u have no professional or personal life…[deleted] .u have no right to say on others!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Sure, Sivakumar and Sori-Padam Surya deserve the Lifetime Asscar awards.

    2. You haven’t told us whether you watched Ayan. What are your thoughts on the movie?

    (BTW, do you think you’d ever be able to string a sentence together without making multiple mistakes.)

  15. IAmAnIdiot   April 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    you low life negative [trash talk]….On what basis you said that Siva Kumar is had very little success in his days. When you write a review for a movie why the hell you cursed the hero’s father…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    It is a fact that Surya’s father Sivakumar never enjoyed the same acclaim as Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, Kamal Haasan or Rajinikanth.

    Sivakumar was at best a B or C grade star and F grade actor.

    Look at Sivakumar dancing like a monkey in Vellikizhamai Viratham.

    Jillu, Jillu, Gullu Gullu…

  16. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   April 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    How does it compare to Vaaranam Aayiram? Which is the lesser evil?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Vaaranam Aayiram is Herpes labialis.

    Ayan is Herpes genitalis.

    Which is the lesser evil?

  17. pauldeleo   April 5, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I have been reading your reviews since the release of Villu, which was the best i have ever read, [in French]. I don’t hold high on this film, but i din’t get into boredom when compared to the previous releases this year. I watched this movie in one of the finest mulitplexes [in French] au contraire, it’s running packed houses, which means a good word of mouth has spread about the movie. but no one liked the villain in the movie.

    i wonder whether you will be satisfied at least if God Himself directs a movie for you. bien sûr your review will again be as bad as your taste!! bonne chance mon ami!!
    “viewers, this movie is far better than any other commercial movies released this year. you will definitely not regret after watching this. Trust me!”

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: viewers, this movie is far better than any other commercial movies released this year. you will definitely not regret after watching this. Trust me

    Trust me, the Kalla Sarayam (illicit liquor) vendors say as they pour their moonshine down the throats of desperate dimwits like you. And then you fools go blind and bewail your fate.

    Ayan is trash.

  18. 1012900   April 5, 2009 at 3:55 am

    As expected.. My friends told me Ayan wasn’t worth watching n i jus logged in to see if u too r of the same opinion.. n you are..

    BTW.. IMO Sivakumar was a decent actor.. n hey.. not everyone can dance with grace like MJ or even Prabhudeva..

    but acting wise.. i feel Surya is a good.. jus loved him in Khaaka Khaaka n Ghajini..!!!

    I’m jus hopin he won’t go down like Vijay or Ajith..!!!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write above: I’m jus hopin he won’t go down like Vijay or Ajith..!!!

    Sori-Padam Surya is already down.

    You probably mean ‘go down further like Vishal.’

    2. You write: BTW.. IMO Sivakumar was a decent actor.. n hey.. not everyone can dance with grace like MJ or even Prabhudeva..

    Did you watch the video of the Sivakumar dance and his antics in the video link we posted for one of the previous comments. Plain awful.

    3. You write: jus loved him in Khaaka Khaaka n Ghajini..!!!

    We enjoyed Khaaka Khaaka but Ghajini is stolen shit

  19. iyer123   April 5, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Hey SI
    I feel Ayan is better than the recent releases villu and padikathavan. Surya is trying to become a ‘mass’ hero a la vijay…music was bad…Prabhu has done a good job…I am from Bangalore and i was shocked to see the audience reaction here…it was houseful..mostly college girls and family crowd..and i think the movie will be a hit here…quite shocking

    I liked your review but was a little upset when u said

    “At this rate, Surya will have as much success in Kollywood as his old man Sivakumar had in his heydays, which is very little.”

    pls avoid such comments…
    Have you watched KV Anand’s ‘Kana Kanden’..its a nice movie, Prithiviraj’s role as a villian is splendid..

    Thank you

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Thank you Sir/Madam for your comment. 😉

    2. You write above: Surya is trying to become a ‘mass’ hero a la vijay

    Mass hero? Is there any other kind of hero.

    3. No, we have not seen Kana Kandaen. Just checked it out on Wiki…sounds interesting but unfortunately Netflix doesn’t have it.

  20. taharom   April 5, 2009 at 5:37 am

    some idiots like you are saying that this movie is crap.
    but all my friends are saying that ayan is one of the best entertaining movie. so i am going to see this movie on coming sunday.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: so i am going to see this movie on coming sunday

    Please follow these instructions when you go.

  21. kaza   April 5, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Actually, i did not see the movie yet.

    Could not muster enough courage, maybe!

    Anyway, regarding the review, there cannot be two opinions on your grasp of the english language. Your sarcasm, your ridicule truly leave me in splits.

    I too dont have much respect for sub standard movies, acting and songs.

    But, at the same time, we have to agree that indian films are for indian audiences only and tamil films for tamil audiences only.

    They cannot be compared with movies of hollywood. Their way of making films is different. Even though the hollywood films are superior in quality and content and more, more sensible, people belonging to interior tamilnadu or rural tamilnadu will not appreciate them. In fact, i heard a rural guy of tamilnadu comment on the hollywood films “These people cannot think beyond aliens, mysterious objects, UFOs, bizarre freak incidents, etc. where mankind is threatened and a group of persons somehow quell that threat in the end. And, at the end, its all well that ends well.” I found that that guy was right.

    So, there are different viewpoints, barometers and range of comparisons. Actually, i, like you, first try to guage the kind of entertainment iam treated to in proportion to the money i shell out for it. And, in most cases, i am disappointed.

    But i have to accept the fact that, for most people in tamilnadu, the films are worth their money. We cannot dispute that fact.

    Surya is a popular actor here, with all his monkey antics and poor or no acting skills. We cannot deny this. So, i feel we cannot just view all tamil movies against global standards. For a miniscule few, it may be right, but not for the majority.

    Your harsh, no-nonsense review may make the day for people like me, but not for the majority of the people in tamilnadu.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write above: indian films are for indian audiences only and tamil films for tamil audiences only….But i have to accept the fact that, for most people in tamilnadu, the films are worth their money. We cannot dispute that fact….Your harsh, no-nonsense review may make the day for people like me, but not for the majority of the people in tamilnadu.

    We don’t agree with the logic in your argument.

    If indeed Tamils in Tamil Nadu (as opposed to the Tamil diaspora) feel the way you say they do, then why would movies like Villu, Aegan, Kuruvi, Azhagiya Tamil Magan, Sathyam, Vel, Vaaranam Aayiram et al either kiss the dust or fail to become blockbusters despite their mega-budgets, Thalapathis and the Ultimate Stars?

    We think even Tamils in Tamil Nadu are sick and tired of being repeatedly ripped off by these bozos (Ajith, Vijay, Surya, Vishal and their peers).

    2. The hiatus between Hollywood and Kollywood is not as wide as you believe.

    Let’s not forget Ghajini was stolen from Memento, Saroja was plundered from Judgment Night, Aanai lifted from Denzel Washington’s Man on Fire, Kamal Haasan’s Thenali copied from Bill Murray’s What about Bob….

  22. gk   April 5, 2009 at 9:17 am

    the director is not exactly a nincompoop…his first movie was better….

    bt ayan-(tamanna+songs) would have atleast lessened the burden…it was ok…bt the climax reminded me of catch me if you can….

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: bt the climax reminded me of catch me if you can….

    Yes, but Frank Abagnale spends some time in the slammer in Catch Me if You Can. Not the frivolous nonsense a la Ayan, where Deva’s (Surya) mother has a stick in her hand and the girl Yamuna (Tamanna) leaps at him like a baboon in the end.

    And the whole treatment was serious and mature in Catch Me if You Can.

    We watched Catch Me if You Can about two years back and enjoyed it

    2. You write: the director is not exactly a nincompoop…his first movie was better….

    Yeah, one of the other commenters (Iyer123) also mentioned that Kana Kandaen was a nice movie.

  23. blasé   April 5, 2009 at 11:11 am

    ah .. iyer spoiled Kana Kanden for ya.. Prithviraj turning the villain was the turning point of the movie. Prithviraj was good, but rest of the movie was just ok.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: ah .. iyer spoiled Kana Kanden for ya..

    Too bad. 🙁

  24. 1012900   April 5, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    You write : You probably mean ‘go down further like Vishal.’

    well u can say that… 😛 … Surya has the potential.. he just needs to bring it out.. i think Surya’s mediocre performance is due to the film’s poor script..!!!!

    You write : Did you watch the video of the Sivakumar dance and his antics in the video link we posted for one of the previous comments. Plain awful.

    Yes i did… and i guess that film probably got released in the 70s… Tamil film industry was not so big that time.. I mean.. it was certainly not even half as advanced as Hollywood was during that period.. so U can’t expect anything more..!!!!

    You write : We enjoyed Khaaka Khaaka but Ghajini is stolen shit

    I really enjoyed both films.. I didn’t know Ghajini was copied from Momento until i read ur review.. to think i thought Ghajini’s script was original… ~Sigh~ .. and yeah.. when u compare the original with the remade version.. You’d probably hate the latter.. coz it wasn’t half as good as the former.. I truly wish Surya would come back to form.. He was SO GOOD in Khaaka Khaaka..!!!!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: I truly wish Surya would come back to form.. He was SO GOOD in Khaaka Khaaka..!!!!

    Uyirin Uyire from Khaaka Khaaka is one of our favorite songs. Nicely picturized too.

  25. shadowfax_arbit   April 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Not sure if you had seen this. Any comments?


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No, we were not aware of this creature’s ourburst.

    Loose paiyan, loose paiyan
    Loose Valarran, loose valarran
    Kalai muthal….malai varai…..
    Loose Valarran, loose valarran

    – Modified version of Loose Pennae from the film Vallavan.

  26. dundanakka   April 6, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I donno why u miss out all the good movies, (pithamagan, yaavarum nalam, kana kandein to list a few) and u only watch crap movies. I think you get total satisfaction in calling a crap movie “a crap”, rather than review a good movie. I never saw you a review a good movie, or make a good review. May be because of your surroundings, ur neighbourhood, the way u brought up makes u write like this.
    I think you need to go to a rehabilitation center, just to know how to choose between good and bad.
    I pray to the almighty, that you get well soon, and really do a good review.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write above: May be because of your surroundings, ur neighbourhood, the way u brought up makes u write like this.

    Bet you don’t know your father’s name. 😉 Kalambu da, sori naye (begone, you rabid dog).

    2. You write: I donno why u miss out all the good movies,

    We do cover most of the Tamil movies that release on the East Coast. Invariably, they turn out to be junk.

  27. SRINIVAS   April 6, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I liked the movie ….decent story ….great acting by Surya …Tamanna needs to improve on the acting front …….

    First half was good ….second half dragged a bit ….songs are good (AUDIO) ….but in the movie …which is supposed to be a thriller ….they act as speedbreakers ……dancing by both Surya and Tamanna in the Nenje Nenje song was bad …..amaeturish …they need to improve on that …

    Scenes betn surya and tammana were not cliched …something new ….liked them …..story had some interesting twists and turns ….keeps you engrossed …..

    Movie will be a hit ….at least in India …

    Sivakumar may have not won the rat race …compared to Sivaji and MGR ….but he was a very good actor and acted in some very good movies …..SindhuBhairavi is a example ……..so are many others like Gemini Ganeshan , Jaishankar etc or that era …..not everybody can be a Sivaji or a Kamal …..but that does not mean that they are bad …..Actors like Prabhu , Karthik , Mohan , Bhagyaraj etc have given us some great movies ….

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: Movie will be a hit ….at least in India …

    Let’s wait for the match to get over before we declare a victory.

  28. SRINIVAS   April 6, 2009 at 12:57 am

    people keep on asking you about your ethnicity ….you have been doging that question very well …..but these abuses are a give away …..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Our ethnicity, religion or citizenship have no bearing on Bollywood, Hollywood or Kollywood movie reviews or for that matter on any of our posts.

    Fair and Balanced to the core.

    Mera Bharat Mahan.

  29. joeantony   April 6, 2009 at 2:02 am

    After the repeaded torture by the so called ‘Tamil’ movies.. I have not only stopped watching them.. now a days I don even care to read the reviews.. by seeing the trailer it’s clear that this movie is a cartoon.. forget that..

    but there is a interesting debate on the SI ethnicity going on.. let me have my guess… the group contains two or more tamils with a Kannadiga and few northies (dont see a mallu or gulti) .. just tried with the reviews and the posts and with the colloquial vacabulary used…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: dont see a ….gulti

    Entira babai, pitchi veshalu kattipettu (Hey uncle, put a brake on your mischief). 😉

  30. BowiePoopathy   April 6, 2009 at 2:42 am

    AYAN – commercial Tamil movie to please the masses but I am still wandering why would Suriya do such a movie? Waste his talents and newly found respect on such a theme. He doesn’t need to follow Vijay or Ajit or any other the so called action stars, we have enough of those.

    It was a low down negative role which he carried off with that new image of his. Smuggling, breaking the law (not only local but international), cheating, destroying evidence, bribing, fighting and finally murder. And they try to justify it with twisted morality in a fun and humour manner, using Prabu, the mother and Tamana (she is sweet). I wander what sort of message he is giving out to his fans and the Tamil audience as a whole or does he care at all. Tamil directors and writers seem to have been given the licence to drag Tamilian’s image through the sewers.

  31. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   April 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

    SI has lived (worked?) in Hyderabad. HE knows Chennai (hometown?Studies?). HE has gone to Bangalore, may be more than once. He is not a mallu, kannadiga or northie. He is a gulti(in the sense he knows telugu) and has tamil ancestry. As he admitted himself he doesn’t own the SI blog but works (maintains the blog for fun and a little money) for his master. He may be a techie. Most prob immigrated in the early(mid?) 90’s. Visits India rarely. About his personal life.. He is married and has friends who share his interests in movies and food. He has spectacles. Hope this gets thru the censors….

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Entira Sherlock Holmes, time ekkuvaga undha…Kalakshepam batanilu (time hangs heavily on your hands)?

    2. You write: HE knows

    We’ve always been modestly attired..to prevent the paparazzi from sneaking a peek underneath. 😉

    So, where does that ‘HE’ come from?

  32. SRINIVAS   April 6, 2009 at 11:04 am


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Trick or Treat?

    (You probably won’t get this unless there’s a practice of kids coming home on Halloween day in India.)

  33. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   April 6, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Everything that I wrote has a sentence, phrase or word you wrote to back it up athough it may take me some days to list the exact posts, I can do it if I take the trouble. You are a He because:
    1. The post on navels of Indian actresses(non) was a big giveaway. You could still be a lesbian but the absence of any posts indicating this inclination suggests otherwise.
    2. SI knows the location of a whorehouse in Chennai.
    3. SI smoked/has watched others smoke ganja in his college days.
    4. There are numerous other reasons some of which may seem gender biased but you can’t deny that the statistical probability of the subject being a ‘she’ is low enough to be safely ignored: uses abusive words mostly in tamil, threatens to abuse via phone, describes namitha’s boobs as gravity defying, the SI-Asha track (could be platonic which is consistent with the fact that SI is married), the sex museum visit, the post on dads raping daughters (again, CAN be done by a woman but seriously, like the way it was done?), asked stitha to ‘bend over’, ad infinitum. Most were said after provocation, still difficult for a woman to do however tough she may be.

    The only other possibility I can think of (and this could easily be the truth) is a woman projecting macho interests and behaviour- may be even sarcastically keeping in line with the tone of the blog. Or a simpler explanation may be that the owner of the blog (who is a she) logs in as SI sometimes and posts responses.

    Its understandable if some parts of this comment are censored, just want to get to you.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: You could still be a lesbian but the absence of any posts indicating this inclination suggests otherwise

    Lesbians of the world unite. We’re under siege here and seek your help!

    2. You write: threatens to abuse via phone

    Not accurate. If we remember right, the phone response was just to prove our language credentials with some doubting thomases.

    3. Statistics prove nothing or often prove the wrong thing.

    If someone had done a study of Hitler-like youth in Germany in the 1910-1918 period, they’d have likely found a very low likelihood of Hitler evolving into the monster that he eventually turned into. Also, let’s not forget that for decades statisticians missed the major famines of the world (for various reasons).

    4. You write: Its understandable if some parts of this comment are censored, just want to get to you.

    By now, it should be obvious to diligent readers that we are not on a bowdlerization mission here.

    5. You write: SI smoked/has watched others smoke ganja in his college days

    OMG, girls do smoke pot. Even in India. Just look around.

  34. blasé   April 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    yippee.. where is the lesbian siege.. what price are the tickets for the front row seats.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Try one of the Ticket… sites. 😉

    Have you been following what the Ticketmaster swines did recently and their subsequent troubles?

  35. What_if   April 7, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Once while I was enjoying a Kalyana Samayal Saadam, at a wedding lunch, a server came with a four-cup serving vessel containing Aaloo fry, Beans Palya, Kosambari and Kaal Uli and asked the tamilian sitting besides me “Saaka, Beka?”. The tamilian assuming they were names of the dishes in kannada, replied “Saakula konjam, bekula konjam, podungo”.

    The above came to mind when our tamilian SI, manages to impress us with his telugu.

    While typing a reply to one commenter’s post, SI shouts across from the hall to his wife who is in the kitchen
    “Adiye! ‘Kalakshebam panrathukku’ innu yeppadi telungula solradhu?”
    She replies from the kitchen “ Kalakshepam maatal yeenu” some how the acoustic waves gets disturbed before reaching SI’s ears, he types ‘Kalakshepam batanilu’

    “Devuda Devuda enga pakkam chooduda.”

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Funny. 🙂

    We hate to disappoint you but ‘Kalakshepam batanilu’ is used in Coastal Andhra Pradesh as a synonym for shooting the breeze.

    Nice start to our day. 6:15AM ET

  36. joeantony   April 7, 2009 at 2:14 am

    S.I.: Entira babai, pitchi veshalu kattipettu

    now, its clear… southie group with mallu excpetion.
    but surprisingly no Telugu movie news/review .. that would be double fun than tamil movies.

    I think its a group than just a ‘HE’, I was assuming atleat one girl included in the group as well until I read the ‘Kuruvi’ review, for the fantastic words used there, I doubt any girl present it that group. It’s a group also for the reason that the site is activly updated, comments responded, – impossible for a individual desi techie (married and having kid(s)) doing it part time … but the other points you mentioned are making sense.. mid 90s migration.. lived in bangalore chennai and hyd…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Enna Chennai Special Branch?

  37. Asha Tampa   April 7, 2009 at 2:40 am

    So Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar is Gandhiji. Is there any end to his avtars?!

    Waise, I’ve seen Tasveer and its so utterly idiotic, Javed Jaferi’s Hyderabadi Hindi was a mockery, he kept switching to pure Hindi, and it was completely obvious that it was a fake accent. We went with high hopes cos it was Nagesh Kukunoor’s movie. We debated whether Chandni Chowk… was better or Tasveer was, and by this aap andaaza laga sakte hain kitna yucky tha.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Not adding Tasveer review to your blog?

    BTW, what is the ticket price in Hyderabad…at multiplex and single screen? It’s $8.50 until 6PM and $10.25 for later shows at Regal Cinemas here.

  38. Asha Tampa   April 7, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Hey this is the review I wrote for Tasveer…


    Wud be nice if u gave some feedback abt the site 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    It’s OK.

    What about the music? No songs?

    Is this a lift of a Hollywood movie?

    “Finally out” – was the release delayed?

    We’d write ‘under’ mysterious circumstances.

  39. SRINIVAS   April 7, 2009 at 4:15 am

    How about some posts about other parts of the country …..like North-East …Andhra Pradesh …Orissa etc …

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Will do.

  40. kasimedugovindan   April 7, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Hi i guess you must be an AIDS patient. thats y u have lost hope in life and write bad abt our rockstar surya.

    [trash talk]

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Are there no veterinary hospitals in your area?

  41. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   April 7, 2009 at 7:12 am

    SI uses his iPhone to keep us updated and respond to comments. But you are right, SI could have some help from his friends one of whom is from coastal Andhra Pradesh. But I still maintain that everything is written by one guy.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Enna kodume sir, idhu (what agony).
    A popular phrase in Tamil movies.

  42. blasé   April 7, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Asha, Aktar ain’t Gandhiji.. he is a clone of coolfrog.

    Aktar is a “He” because he naively assumes that girls don’t do ganja. Here’s a vid of Kidman doing Ganja and having an interesting conversation with Cruise.. some assume that movie may have started the rift between those two.
    this video is going to go off-web soon, for two reasons you’ll see 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Interesting. Kubrick’s last movie.

  43. blasé   April 7, 2009 at 9:12 am

    SI, assuming you have missed EWS.. here is another tidbit (not much unlike the titbit above)


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yeah, read that while responding to the previous comment.

    There are quite a few local Hindu crackpots here too including one monkey who keeps spamming a lot.

  44. blasé   April 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

    SI is/are laughing his/her/their asses off.. every regular visitor is pitching in their own theory. I may have been in the right track, but my track got circumcised.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No, the track got hijacked and peotomized.

  45. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   April 7, 2009 at 9:46 am

    8×10 tasveer seem to be original. I haven’t seen the movie yet but some say the plot was inspired by Jumper (Guy can go to anyplace he has seen) and The Butterfly Effect (Guy goes back in time to find out and fix things).

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    8×10 Tasveer seems to have had a lackluster opening in India.

  46. kelambu_kaathu   April 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

    How jobless could one ever get to do so much research on SI of all… You shud be a psychiatrist with no patients at all.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:


  47. clint.eastwood   April 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I found tamana very hot in this movie;
    she is as promising as simran those days

    dont curse her

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Tamanna’s better than Simran in the acting department.

  48. Asha Tampa   April 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Thankfully, the movie had jus one song. Mmm, I guess I could vent my anger out thru my blog, heh.

    Btw, the ticket here costs just 100 bucks, and the popcorn pepsi abt 150, so u can say 250 bucks per movie in multiplexes at Hyderabad. But I’ve heard my friends say that it costs 200 bucks in Bangalore. So no idea about other cities.

  49. blasé   April 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    peotomized doesn’t seem to be an English word.

    Conspiracy theorists (preferably lesbians) of the world unite:
    Another crucial piece of evidence:

    When SI says “Did not know Zarina Wahab acted in Tamil movies” in that comment, he/she is blissfully (for us, conspiracy theorists) unaware that Madanolsavam is neither a tamil word/movie and nor are the words in the song in Tamil.. so proving that particular person is not Tamil..
    while the author of http://indiablogs.searchindia.com/2009/04/07/poondu-kozhambu-chettiar-gift-to-humankind/ is definitely Tamil or is very meticulous in his/her research.

    My theory: we have atleast 2 authors in SI.. probably one Tamil master (used to read M&Bs and smoke ganja, cooks, whips the slave and wears conservative clothing) and one Kannada slave (drinks, drools over big boobs and obeys the master (usually)).. Kannada and Telugu aren’t too dissimilar, so the slave tries to fake all 3 languages without properly discussing with the master.

    SI, Is a lady master called mistress? Mistress sounded a bit demeaning and so I planned to stick with “Master”.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Entira babai, time ekkuvaga undha ?
    Kya aap logo ko aur koi kaam nahi hai?
    Time jaasti idhiya?
    Vathiyar, poludhu polainah poitu rendu Jenna Jameson padam parunga. 😉

    (Does time hang heavily on your hands)

    As we’ve said on multiple occasions, like most Indians we’re also polyglots.

    2. You write above: peotomized doesn’t seem to be an English word.

    Peotomized comes from peotomy.

    Here’s an example of its use in a book:

    “But since she remembered very well what I looked like, picking me out of a lineup, I was convicted, declared Touchable and peotomized.”

    P.248 of The Rainbow Cadenza By J. Neil Schulman

    3. Mistress is fine for a ‘Lady Master.’

  50. Ευνούχοι   April 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for teaching me the beautiful new word.. dictionary.com and m-w.com don’t have it.

    I don’t disagree that both of you can speak multiple languages (SI, tujhe salaam!).. “How well” is the question.. Tamil seems to the strongest suite for one you.. but not for the other one.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yu write: Thanks for teaching me the beautiful new word..

    Happy to help. 😉

  51. clint.eastwood   April 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    whenz the telugu version coming ?
    waiting to see.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Telugu version of Dirty Harry?

  52. varunalbertjoshua   April 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    ayan is superb…….. surya and thamanna looking great….. all must watch this movie.. its great.. i love u surya…..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Oru Soda koodhi (is it true that MGR used to say it that way after his paralytic stroke?).

    (Translation: Drink a soda)

  53. Ευνούχοι   April 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Soda would be Sodhaa (rotten) in MGRian.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:


  54. SRINIVAS   April 8, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Tasveer is bad …drag movie ….with a promising story line ….but typically treated like a Hindi Movie ….climax is the biggest blooper of all …..i suggest see the last 20 minutes and that would be enough ……

    Nagesh Kukunoor is generally good ….so I will defn watch his next flick …

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We read Tasveer has bombed big time.

    Second dud in a row for Akki (after the CC2C debacle).

  55. kasimedugovindan   April 8, 2009 at 4:34 am

    AIDS maruvazhvu movementla join pannungada neenga ellarum

  56. Vaal.Payyan   April 8, 2009 at 5:38 am

    First of all, I was laughing like anything, just reading your title… and, the translation, which I was reading a madras bashai tone 😉

    I couldn’t agree more with u about this crap (i guess these 4 letters shud replace ‘ayan’ as the original title !).

    But, on the music front, I like vizhi moodi song and had my expectation meter all the way up!

    Ellam puzzz aayidichi !

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Ayan at U.K. Box Office – Ayyo, Embarrassing

  57. What_if   April 8, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Have I missed something here ? Like a “Catch-me-if-you-can” contest announced by SI, in any of their reply to commenter’s post?

    What was the Grand Prize announced?
    For non-US resident readers – An all expenses paid – Holiday Trip for four -Two weeks in USA & one week at Hawaii?
    For US resident readers – An all expenses paid – One Month Holiday Trip for four – to India ( enough time to meet all their long lost Paatis, aunties, uncles,cousins and un-married sister-in-laws, now living all over India)?

    Going by the posts, I presume the following questions were asked:
    Q1. How many authors does SI have?
    (a) 1 (b) Between 1 to 3 (c) Between 4 to 6 (d) above 6.

    Q2. Identify the ethnicity:
    (a) Tamizhan (b) Kannadiga (c) Teluguvaalu (d) a combination of any two of (a), (b) & (c).

    Q3.What is the gender ? (He/She/It)
    (a) Avana (He?) (b) Avala (She?) (c) Athuva ( It?)

    My answer for the Competition is:
    For Q1 its (b),
    For Q2 its (d) and
    For Q3 its (c) …… Aaaaahhaaaa Athuva Neeeeee ? ( in Vadivelu style).

    Folks it’s election time now, come on Joe, Dr., Legend, Blasé’, Gora, Guruprasad, Idiot, et all, please cast your votes on the three questions, who knows, one of our families may be sponsored by SI for an All expenses paid Holiday – as above (we will delighfully grab it – in these recessionary times).

    SearchIndia.com Responds:


    Devuda kapadu
    Kadavule Kapathu
    Devarae kapadi
    (God, please help)

  58. kelambu_kaathu   April 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

    hey how can you say simran is not gud in acting? and u r comparing her with after all tammy? do u kno who is simran? have u seen vaali? her acting in vaali is better than kate winslet in titanic…. dude grow up.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ll try to get Vaali and review it here.

  59. Ευνούχοι   April 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Simran’s other good movies..
    Kannathil Muthramittaal
    Paarthaen Rasithaen

  60. kelambu_kaathu   April 9, 2009 at 4:52 am

    did u watch vaali? its not Wall-E, just Vaali….

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No, we’ll get it one of these days. Once we watch it, we’ll also review it.

  61. keeboard   April 10, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    tam is damn gud. especially in the mobile shop scene.

    are you watching fast and furious ?
    its good, they should call it ‘slow and steady’

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: are you watching fast and furious ?

    No, we’d love to watch Sin Nombre.

  62. boopalanj   April 14, 2009 at 10:23 am

    It is one of the shitty movies that ‘Sun’ has come up with, as usual. Of course, this piece would have made its way to release, even if Sun had not taken it.

    But, an appreciative review by Sun Tv, trailers for every 5 minutes in all the sun-family channels [I hope you dont watch them!], an exclusive reporting in the general prime-time sun news are all what is maddening..

    Leaving this movie aside, I would like to know if you can review these movies 🙂
    – Paruthi Veeran
    – Subramaniyapuram
    – Kancheevaram
    – Yaavarum Nalam
    – Chennai 28

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ll take a look at Netflix today and see what they have.

  63. a4apple   April 15, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Late Padmarajan was a great Malayalam director and scriptwriter. (Aparan, Thoovanthumbikal, Njan Gandharvan etc). In one of his movies (Moonnam Pakkam) there is a character portrayed by Jagathy Sreekumar called ‘kavala’. A mentally retarded character that he is he retorts to people by pulling up his lungi. SI is kavala or even worse, and the agony is we have to see it again and again in the form of so-called reviews which are nothing but words filled with hatred in a Varun Gandhi fashion and his/her/it’s responses to comments.

    SI liked Pokkiri (Tamil version) despite the fact that it had Vijay and Asin who should be sent for private tuition to the kid who acted in Slumdog; nothing original in there as it was frame to frame copy of a blockbuster. But SI found Pokkiri entertaining and not Ayan. That is interesting!

    Ayan is entertaining plus it has continuity plus it doesn’t travel in the clichéd paths (Das is just another ordinary man who don’t travel in Lexus with 13 Sumos escorting him! Surya doesn’t have a so-called introduction scene or introduction song in the movie etc etc). K.V. Anad (one of the best cinematographers in India) does a good job as he did in Kana Kandein.

    I found the scene in Africa showing ethnic atrocities (the football scene) very well taken. It had the signature of a director and probably this is the only Indian film that toned down the color mode for foreign locations and toned up the color mode for India. Every time Surya returned to India it was a visual treat. I don’t think SI noticed this. You know what SI? When you are a kid you learn all the bad words and that’s ok, but when you grow up spend your time to learn some thing meaningful, learn some thing about cinema, learn about cinematography (Red One????) or at the bare minimum learn some decency, please.

    I am not sure whether you have heard about K. Balachander sir’s movie ‘Sindhu Bhairavi’. An actor is not judged by his dancing skills! Are you going to tell me next that De Niro is a bad actor because he can’t dance? Shut up you idiot!!!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: SI liked Pokkiri (Tamil version) despite the fact that it had Vijay and Asin

    Pokiri was a well crafted movie unlike Ayan.

    With Pokiri, the story, acting, songs, audience response in the theatre, twist et al were all far superior to Ayan. Is it any surprise that Pokiri turned out to be one of the biggest hits for Vijay.

    2. You write: nothing original in there as it was frame to frame copy of a blockbuster

    As if originality is a prized virtue in Tamil movies (Saroja, Ghajini, Thenali, Aanai…plenty of examples of outright theft in Tamil movies).

    3. You write: the agony is we have to see it again and again in the form of so-called reviews

    You talk like the gluttonous voyeur who having his fill of the lascivious images blabbers later that it’s all so vulgar. Get real.

    Vandatangapa comedy pasanga (here come the clowns).

  64. supergirl   April 17, 2009 at 1:01 am

    sigh….i cant believe I’m saying this but i have to agree with you. I don’t understand why Surya is wasting his potential in such movies….he is such a talented actor, he just needs the right scripts. Hopefully he’ll sign something meaningful.

    BTW, I would just like to say that your reviews are an absolute delight to read. They are very objective and unbiased. I would love to read your reviews on the following movies:


    Rock On!!
    A Wednesday
    Andaz apna apna (old but awesome movie)


    Indian (* Kamal hassan)
    Anjali (old Mani Rathnam movie)

    Also, as a matter of interest, do you also watch telugu movies? would love to read those reviews as well.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Telugu movies? The prospect is scary. They are still in the paleolithic era.

    As for the other movies in your list, we’ll do them one by one. We’ve already seen a few (A Wednesday).

    Rakamma song (Rajini-Sonu Walia) in Thalapathi is a favorite.

  65. sumeshy   April 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Hi SI,

    Its really feels great to come back and read all the blogs after a long time. Ooh! missed your reviews man really 🙂

    thanks on the heads up on Ayan. Was wanting to watch a tamil movie and then decided no to. As an aside, did watch Villu on DVD with a friend. The movie aint even an original, its copy of the movie “Soldier” (Bobby Deol caper). Well, it took us 40 minutes to swtich it off though.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Welcome back.

    You write: As an aside, did watch Villu on DVD with a friend

    Well, some people are gluttons for inflicting punishment on themselves. 😉

  66. supergirl   April 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    haha….i understand the prospect of telugu films might be scary..but trust me some of them are really good…hey pokiri and santosh subramaniyam were remakes of telugu movies and they were not that bad eh?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ve seen Santosh Subramaniyam too.

  67. sadumon4u   April 18, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Dear SI, please don’t put surya in the list containing vijay, ajith, vishal and simbhu.

    Please. Its a request. Don’t put him with these craps. Its injustice.

    He has the potential to do good roles and he has done it before. Masala movies are an essential part of tamil cinema and everyone have done it. Now we hear a news that bala has roped him in for his next project. So we shall probably hope for a classic like pithamahan. Even though ghajini was stolen from memento, his performance was his own effort and we have to appreciate it. Aamir was a total failure when compared to his performance. We obviously should not ignore good talent. Kaaka kaaka and nandha were also grt. Just couldn’t bear you putting him in those list. That’s y i’ve written this. Thanks. Waiting for your response.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We love Kaaka Kaakha. Listening to Uyrin uyire in the background as we type this.

    We watched Nandhaa too a few years back. Decent movie.

    But to subject paying audience with crap like Vel, Vaaranam Aayiram and that sori padam Ayan is unforgivable.

    Surya makes no effort to improve. He seems to treat acting as if it’s a picnic or a walk in the park. Any surprise then that his movies don’t set the box office on fire.

  68. Asha Tampa   April 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    SI is just a single person. Its impossible for multiple ppl to share the same sense of humor, same style of writing, same style of responding to abuse with really creative abuse.

    SI is a HE and HE was born in 24 December 1974.

    I know you’ll refute my statement, but I dare you to tell us your birthday 😉

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    SI is a genderless mutant clone.

  69. Aswin_Kini   April 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Hey buddy, maybe you should watch the film, Mounam Pesiyadhe, a very good film by Amir with some neat performances by Surya and then newcomers Trisha and Nanda.
    COnsidering the sequence of quality films Surya did in the mid 2000s, it is quite disappointing to see him do Masala films nowadays!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    If Trisha is awful now, guess how abominable she must have been as a newcomer.

    Unfortunately, Netflix does not have Mounam Pesiyadhe.
    She’s emetic-medication (induces vomitting). Pathetic. Well, Tamils love her. What can we say.

  70. shadowfax_arbit   April 23, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Trisha’s acting is good in Ghilli. It was much better than that of Bhoomika Chawla’s in Telugu version. Even in Lesa Lesa and Kireedam she had acted well. But unfortunately she doesn’t act the same way in all the movies. Now she’s acting with Simbu in Gautham Menon’s movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. Im not sure if it was intentional but this still http://tcln.blogspot.com/2009/02/vinnaithaandi-varuvaaya-silambarasan.html
    looks like that of Alaipayuthe and this one
    is like that of Kaaka Kaaka…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Trisha can’t act. She’s a disgrace to all notions of art.

  71. shadowfax_arbit   April 23, 2009 at 1:19 am

    But this pair is no match to Madhavan-Shalini in Alaipayuthe or Surya-Jyo in Kaaka Kaaka.

    Man you missed Alaipayuthe… I was really shocked to see that stunning screenplay and how realistic a movie can ever be made. From then, I became fan of Manirathnam.

  72. katiekateBKLN   April 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hi SearchIndia,
    In spite of your warnings, I’d still like to see Ayan on a big screen. Is there any theatre in NYC that shows Tamil movies? I see it’s in Edison, NJ but that’s a hike. I’m willing to take my chances, I’m sick of watching movies on my TV.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ve heard rumors that Obama has replaced water-boarding with Ayan screenings for all detainees, both domestic and foreign. Apparently, water-boarding was not effective enough and they wanted something stronger. They looked around and found Ayan.

    So if you’re looking for Ayan screenings in NYC, your best bet would be to try Riker’s Island. 😉

    Seriously, we did a quick check and couldn’t find any screenings close to NYC. Looks like MovieCity in Edison is the only option.

  73. katiekateBKLN   April 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    To get those detainees singing, I nominate ‘Citizen’ with Ajith- Myself, I would have signed anything to make it stop.

    I figure with Ayan, at least Surya is good to look at, although (and I can’t believe I’m saying it) he’s too in shape. Looks like a protein powder advert; my girlfriends and I all agree we like guys with ‘a bit more cuddle’ on them.

    Hmm. Is there ever a place that you know of in the 5 boroughs that shows Tamil flicks? I don’t own a car….
    I’d found a place in West New York, NJ listed on Sulekha as showing them, Sagar Mayfair Triplex, but it was a typo.
    I really enjoy reading your reviews, even when I don’t agree. You have the art of skewering something down to a science!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You might want to check:
    Bombay Theatre
    6825 Fresh Meadow Lane
    Flushing, NY 11365
    (718) 358-2929
    Mayfair Theatre
    6405 Park Avenue
    West New York, NJ 07093
    (201) 869-3333

  74. Raju   May 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    SI: You might want to check
    I never learnt how to use the may, might, can, could, will, would, should, shall etc. I was thinking that “You may want to check” would sound better here.. what’s your reasoning behind “might”

    Kate: my girlfriends and I all agree we like guys with ‘a bit more cuddle’ on them.
    Do you girls like a little beer gut? Would you consider that cuddly? No innuendo intended.. just a straight question.
    I think the six-pack obsession for men is a little bit like the breast-implant obsession for women .. atleast six-packs are healthier (if no ‘roids are involved) and cheaper.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    When we use a word or expression, we go by ‘does it sound right’…If it does, we go right ahead.

    In this instance, both ‘may want to’ and ‘might want to’ sound right. So it comes down to personal preference.

    Offtopic – Have you ever been to TGIF?

  75. Raju   May 1, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Yeah, 3 or 4 times.. last time was about 8 years ago.. not a big fan.. a friend of ours was gushing last week that their ice creams were awesome.. why? a domino-style TGIF youtube video has popped up?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: a domino-style TGIF youtube video has popped up?

    No such luck 😉

    Someone mentioned the other day they have good drinks.

    If they have good ice creams, one more reason to go there…tired of Baskin Robbins, Friendly’s, Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry et al.

  76. singgakutty   May 4, 2009 at 2:34 am

    watched this movie with my wife last friday..

    compared to villu, kuruvi, silambattam etc, i must say i enjoyed the movie..

    there was no ‘rajni style’ intro.. there was no ‘rajni style’ punch dialogue.. which u can see in vijay, simbu and ajith’s movies..

    someone said 10 minutes into the movie, they already know the new guy is the spy.. me too.. too easy..

    as for tamana, i don’t see why she is needed in the movie.. she has nothing to do with the storyline..

    and the car chase scene in KL malaysia.. it made me laugh..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: compared to villu, kuruvi, silambattam etc, i must say i enjoyed the movie..

    How unfortunate that we judge a Tamil movie these days by comparing it to the worst but not to the best.

    Surya was lucky. Given the lack of strong competition, Ayan seems to be having a decent run. Did the distributors/exhibitors make good money? Hard to say but we intend to remain skeptical that it’s a blockbuster unless there is compelling data to prove us wrong.

  77. a4apple   May 6, 2009 at 2:01 am

    SI Says, “Given the lack of strong competition, Ayan seems to be having a decent run.”

    This comment shows your complete ignorance on movie industry. In Indian film business, no movie ‘runs’ based on competition. A plethora of examples would show more than one movie crashing at the box office at the same time and more than one movie becoming block busters at the same time. Even if we go by your ‘intelligent’ deduction, what about the IPL? Watched by a huge proportion, cricket is the biggest threat to movies as per pundits and a major cricket season is the worst season for commercial cinema.

    SI continues, “Hard to say but we intend to remain skeptical that it’s a blockbuster unless there is compelling data to prove us wrong”.

    Check out whether Ayan was released in Bishop Rock and get the box office details. You will be able to prove that Ayan wasn’t commercially viable, as you always do.

    Facts: Ayan is the biggest grosser in Surya’s filmography; highest grosser so far in 2009 Tamil cinema; still holding on to releasing centers IN INDIA; the Telugu version releasing this week end.

    Request: “Surya was lucky” At the bare minimum, please restrain your self from such amateurish comments.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You are a complete schmuck. Since a semi-literate ignoramus will most likely consider ‘schmuck’ as a compliment, it means blithering idiot.

    If competition is irrelevant (as you claim) for the performance of a movie, why is it that we seldom see two movies featuring big stars releasing on the same day. This is true of both Bollywood and Kollywood.

    Take the total number of movies released in Bollywood and Kollywood and compare their release schedule. It’s rare for two movies featuring two stars to release on the same day.

    After Aegan and Villu, the next movie featuring a big Tamil star was Ayan.

    The others are irrelevant. This ‘competition trend’ we spoke of is more pronounced in Bollywood given the higher number of releases there.

    2. The operative word in our sentence was “strong” in “strong competition.”

    True, there’s always some idiot in Chennai or Mumbai releasing a money come Friday. But those D-grade bozos are not in the same league as Surya.

    Even with the cricket fever, there’s still time to catch a movie during the odd hours (matinee, morning show et al).

    3. You write: Ayan is the biggest grosser in Surya’s filmography; highest grosser so far in 2009 Tamil cinema; still holding on to releasing centers IN INDIA;

    What is your source for the above claim? Ayanavaram Express? Teynampet Times? Arupukottai Chronicle?

    Most likely, your news must be coming from the Cooum Chudar.

  78. Sriram   May 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Hi..Is Sarvvam released in U.S..if so when will you review it?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yes, Sarvam is releasing here today. Here are the showtimes.

    We are skipping it because Trisha is a lousy actress.

  79. a4apple   May 18, 2009 at 2:11 am

    SI, please don’t do that. ‘Sarvam’ falls into your favorite category – thiruttu padam. It will give you enough opportunity to do Simon Cowelling provided you have seen ‘21 grams’. ‘Amores Perros’ and ‘21 grams’ are must watch from the Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu. You can skip the ‘Babel’ though.

    However, Nirav Shah does a fabulous job here. He is the cinematographer. There is an inclination towards primary colors and white is rarely used in Indian cinema. Refer to any of Santhosh Sivan’s work and you will know this. The impact of Santhosh Sivan was so huge that one can find traces of him in the works of Rajiv Menon, Ravi K Chandran, Manikandan, K V Anand, Thiru, Kumar etc.

    Nirav Shah on the contrary is highly successful in creating a unique style of his own. To my conviction he is probably the only cinematographer who treats the first print as negative (negative as in those 36photos film days) and works heavily on the negative to get the final result. Purists may differ here as every image that appears on screen is digitally ‘touched’. Since we are on the topic, I believe that the best cinematographic work from Indian cinema in 2008 was in ‘rock-on’. Every thing else about the movie was crap and what Jason West did for ‘rock-on’ rocked.

  80. Unknown   June 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    juz wanna ask this (no offence)
    i have seen most of your kollywood reviews .
    y mostly all the movies are garbage ? n how come great movies (lyk mozhi , pokkiri ) are juz decent movies ?
    they ran well . by ran well for days and collected gd amount of money . by the way i m from singapore . i have been to india (both north and south)i have seen people enjoying movies from vijay, ajith ,etc . there r great numbers of vijay n ajith fans all over here. even though most movies recently given by them are not so gd , they gross great amount . two weeks ago, i saw vijay`s fans celebrating villu`s 135 day at madras

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Mozhi and Pokiri were enjoyable and we said so in our reviews.

    This is what we wrote about Pokiri in our review:

    Pokiri is a first class Pongal gift for Tamil movie lovers worldwide.

    Loaded with charm, the highlights of Pokiri include an above average story, solid performance by Vijay ably supported by Asin and superb music.

    Here’s what we wrote about Mozhi:

    Mozhi is a bewitching aberration in the crowded marketplace of bad Tamil movies.

    Featuring fine performances by Prithwiraj Sukumaran, Prakash Raj and Swarnamalya, this first-class movie is marred only by the pathetic portrayal of a deaf and dumb girl by Jyothika.

    2. You write: even though most movies recently given by them are not so gd , they gross great amount . two weeks ago, i saw vijay`s fans celebrating villu`s 135 day at madras

    The only reason we can think of for this 100-day nonsense for crap movies in Chennai/Madras is that some people in the city drink the Cooum sewage water straight from the source.

    Drunk on the Cooum sludge, these are the ‘fans’ who celebrate 100th day and 500th day for unwatchable horror shows in Chennai.

    It beggars belief that that crap like Villu should be running for 135-days. Vijay’s Villu was plain garbage.

  81. Unknown   June 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Thx boss for the Info
    Juz wanna ask u ——>
    wat do expect from vettaikaran n asal
    n who do u lyk as an actor

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: wat do expect from vettaikaran n asal

    Our crystal ball’s battery has run out. So we can’t comment. 😉

    Also, we also don’t know if Vijay and Ajith have taken acting classes in the recent past. 😉

    On a more serious note, we hope Vettaikaran or Asal will be worth the ticket money. In the recent past, both Vijay and Ajith have treated Tamil movie fans with scant respect through movies like Villu, Aegan, Kuruvi et al.

    Bottom line, we’ve an open mind on Vettaikaran and Asal.

    2. You write: n who do u lyk as an actor

    Buy a dictionary. It’s like not lyk.

    We have no great love for any particular actor or actress.

    In Kollywood, we suppose Kamal Haasan is the best among the worst.

    Vishal is probably the worst of the worst.

    On the distaff side, Trisha and Nayantara are the dregs. Meera Jasmine, Padmapriya and Navya Nair are among the better ones.

  82. ajm2009   June 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    [Trash Talk]

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    As we said in our response to your previous comment, you are a fu**ing schmuck to think we’d process a comment that contains abuse against us.

    Reserve the trash for your friends and family.

  83. ameritamil   July 16, 2009 at 5:56 am

    It’s really a shame that you guy(s) live in the US, because the only good movies releasing nowadays are on very small budgets: Masilamani, Pasanga, et al. They def. did not make it to the US. So, every movie that you do see is going to be crap. Just a warning.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yes, your warning is taken note of.

    BTW, what’s the buzz on Achchumundu Achchumundu in India/elsewhere?

  84. Albert Camus   July 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I heard Pasanga was good.. Must Masilamani?? I heard that is another crapfest. I like Sunaina/Sunayana/whatever though.. yet to see her first movie (of Naakka Mukka fame), but I like her in the various photos.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We like her too. 😉

  85. ameritamil   July 17, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Achchumundu! Achchumundu! is releasing today, I’ll tell you about the response when I can.

    To Albert, Masilamani was good, albeit not original. The presentation and songs were outstanding. Pasanga was probably the funniest movie I’ve seen for a while… excellent movie.

  86. ameritamil   July 20, 2009 at 6:35 am

    BTW and off topic, what would you say is your favorite Tamil movie of all time? (Please give one that you have reviewed)

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No favorite Tamil movies. Except maybe those featuring the holy trinity i.e. Meera Jasmine, Navya Nair or Vimala Raman 😉

    Na oru tadhava sonnu nooru thadava sonna madhiri. 🙂

  87. ameritamil   July 21, 2009 at 1:11 am

    No, I just wondered ’cause Kannathil Muthamittal is the only movie you haven’t said anything bad about.

    PS: Have you seen Ayutha Ezhuthu/Yuva (Tamil/Hindi)?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yuva? Yes. A few years back on DVD.

  88. indianmaster   October 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Between, have you watched maria full of grace (spanish movie)?

    This movie is about smuggling of cocaine from colombia to US by swallowing. KV Anand copied the entire “swallowing” concept from this movie. Not only the concept, even the screenplay.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: have you watched maria full of grace (spanish movie)

    Maria Full of Grace looks interesting.

    Has very favorable reviews on both Netflix and RT.

    Will watch.

  89. tiramisu   November 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Happened to watch this movie recently…looks like most aspects of the movie have been dissected already.

    What is galling is the plagiarism with the action sequences. The chasing, running on the roof and jumping through the windows is a lift from the Bourne Ultimatum.

    And oh BTW happened to watch another one ‘Unnale Unnale’, in this case they had the temerity to not just lift action sequences but even sections of the background score from the Bourne trilogy.

    None of these fellas can hold a candle to Paul Greengrass who is one of the masters in the action movie genre who directed the Bourne trilogy. Watch out for his ‘Green Zone’ based on Rajiv Chandrsekaran’s book – ‘Imperial Life in the Emerald City’.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Unnale Unnale is the Tamil film industry going Pinnale Pinnale.

    2. Didn’t realize there was movie material in Rajiv’s book (we have read the reviews in NYT and elsewhere but not the book itself).

    3. Ayan was a piece of shit. But some folks claim it made money in India. Hard to say.

    We remember the chasing, running on the roof and jumping through the windows scene from Bourne Ultimatum. Well executed, as were the other action scenes in that fast-paced movie.

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