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Hey, which bi*ch was it that slammed Aayirathil Oruvan as a bad movie?
Shut up you bi*ch, otherwise we’ll blow your f*cking brains off!
Yeah, right. 😉
Indiana Jones, Redux
Folks, notwithstanding the bibulous babble of the ignorati or the drivel pouring forth from the schmucks, Aayirathil Oruvan is easily one of the most attractive Tamil movies to emerge from the Augean stables of Kollywood in the last couple of years.
Eschewing the familiar claptrap of asinine romances or sophomoric ‘action’ movies (usually featuring buffoons like Surya, Vijay, Vikram or Ajith), Aayirathil Oruvan trots down a different path.
The lavish harvest of a powerful imagination, Aayirathil Oruvan dares to venture into a terrain, a virgin adventure trail, where few Indian movies, be it Kollywood or its older sibling Bollywood, have explored with any credibility before.
Visually pleasing, featuring solid acting and fast-paced for the most part, Aayirathil Oruvan is a rara avis in Tamil films.
Folks, it’s Indiana Jones redux.
Albeit, a scaled down, Tamil version of a lush jungle where you come face to face with weird-looking cannibals, venomous snakes slithering around you and on you too, deceptive quicksand, hostile primitives and other dangerous elements lurking about on the road to discovering the relics of a lost empire’s refugees.
Drawing its inspiration from the ancient rivalry between the Chola and Pandya kings of Tamil lore but rooted firmly in the present times, the film gallops along at a pretty pace in the lush jungles of Vietnam. Really? 😉
The only uneasy feeling we have is how could a jackass who wrote that garbage Yaaradi Nee Mohini also deliver Aayirathil Oruvan. Enlighten us, will ya.
Hollywood Standards? Certainly Not
Would we hail Aayirathil Oruvan as an outstanding movie by global standards?
Of course not.
Because by the gee whiz standards of Hollywood films, Aayirathil Oruvan falls short with its sudden songs (why), less stunning graphics and a story that tends to drag a bit in the second half.
Some folks have also made an issue of the Sangam Tamil in the second half but we didn’t think it was such a big deal because you can guess what’s happening from the flow of the movie.
But all its limitations aside, Aayirathil Oruvan is most certainly a movie worth watching for daring to move out of the straitjacket of run of the mill (crappy) Tamil films, indistinguishable except for the degree of torture they inflict on viewers.
Real Talent Here
Karthi, who plays the leader of a gang of coolies assisting the archeologists, is without doubt an actor extraordinaire, way ahead of the Ulaga Madayans, Duper Stars, Ilaya Thalapathis and Ultimate Thalas.
It’s hard to believe Karthi comes from the same genetic pool as his older sibling Surya or his old man Sivakumar, tweedledum and tweedledee in the acting department.
Ably supported by Andrea Jeremiah and Reema Sen (both play archeologists here) and Parthiban (the Chola king), Karthi in Aayirathil Oruvan is a delight to behold on the screen.
Whether he’s dancing on the boat to an old MGR song playing in the background or in the forest as he offers his body heat to keep the shivering, feverish Andrea warm or later in the caves of the Cholas, Karthi brings an elan to acting so seldom seen in Indian films.
In the Indian movie world that’s chocablock with asses masquerading as actors, Karthi is that rare thoroughbred. The real deal, guys.
Thankfully, the girls Reema Sen and Andrea Jeremiah are not consigned to the eye-candy roles that Tamil film starlets are usually offered but have meaty roles here.
And to a large extent, the two girls do their jobs with gusto.
That Aayirathil Oruvan still enjoys some buzz was evident in the 20-odd people watching the 7:05PM show on Friday at MovieShitty theater on Oak Tree Road in Edison (NJ), six days after the movie’s release!
True, Aayirathil Oruvan is no Avatar or a Raiders of the Lost Ark but most definitely a film worth watching.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends all you thieving SOBs see Aayirathil Oruvan in a theatre.
To not watch Aayirathil Oruvan would be a sin.
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