7Aum Arivu – Silly, Lifeless Bore; Shruti Haasan is Not Kamal Haasan’s Daughter, No Way

7Aum Arivu is a silly bore that bizarrely seeks to meld fictional Tamil history, fictional Tamil pride and fictional biological warfare for the sole purpose of bamboozling Tamil movie fans into parting with their real money.

Silly, Lifeless Film

The movie builds on the myth of a historical martial arts fighter and medicine man called Bodhidharma (Surya), who’s said to have traveled from his home town Kanchipuram to China some 1,600 years back and helped villagers there.

It takes about 23 minutes of screen time for Bodhidharma to traverse thick forests, sandy deserts and snowy mountains to reach the Chinese village of Nangyang, cure their sick children and adults from a deadly virus, save the villagers from marauding horsemen, teach them martial arts and ultimately die of poisoning so that the locals may live happily ever.

Anon, we’re back in present day Chennai to endure the tiresome trifecta of a romance between circus artiste Arvind (Surya) and genetics engineering researcher Subha (Shruti Hassan), a malevolent Chinese effort to launch biological warfare on India via street dogs and the genetics researcher’s efforts to revive hereditary talent through DNA (i.e. bring back Bodhidharma’s legendary prowess into the circus artist who belongs to the same lineage).

* The romance is insipid thanks to the poor script, Shruti Hassan’s abominable performance and absence of any chemistry between the lead pair Surya and Shruti.

* The ‘Operation Red’ Chinese effort to launch a biological attack and their intelligence agent/villain Dong Lee’s hypnotism nonsense are unconvincing and border on the comical. Vietnamese actor Johnny Tri Nguyen plays the villain Dong Lee with all the elan of a clown who had one drink too many.

With his head tilted to one side, eyes staring stupidly and walking like an emaciated Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dong Lee lacks the panache of a scary villain but packs the promise of a good Mongoloid Vadivelu.

* The genetic research aspect is absolute hogwash with not one ounce of credibility in it. Particularly, toward the end it descends into the farcical as Subha and her menagerie revive Bodhidharma’s extraordinary talents into the circus artiste Arvind in 12-days.

By the way, the action scenes including the final clash between Arvind (Surya) and Dong Lee were a big let-down. Hopelessly ordinary.

Even by the crappy Tamil movie standards, they were disappointing.

Surya – Decent Effort

We were not bowled over by Surya’s performance but found him mostly adequate by Tamil movie standards.

At least, Surya brought some passion to his performance and didn’t pee all over himself a la Vikram in that stolen trash Deiva Thirumagal.

However, Surya proved disappointing in the crucial Yamma Yamma song.

What a shame, his dejection and anger after being jilted/duped by Subha failed to come through effectively.

Shruti Hassan – Not Kamal Haasan’s Daughter

Say what you will, we refuse to believe Shruti Hassan is really Kamal Haasan’s daughter.

There must have been a mix-up at the hospital.

Kamal might not be a Brando or De Niro but he at least shows occasional sparks of acting prowess.

But his talentless spawn Shruti Hassan is sheer torture to behold.

Devoid of any expression and hopelessly bereft of acting talent, Shruti Hassan is a disgrace to her father’s name and to Tamil cinema.

Whether in the song sequences, the research parts or the key confrontation with Arvind over her real motives, she brings no life, no passion, no emotion to her role.

When Shruti’s character tells Arvind Poi kuppaele podu un love (shove your love on the garbage heap), we told ourselves this worthless, talentless tramp belongs there.

By God, the robotic Shruti Hassan makes our other Tamil bรชte noire Trisha Krishnan seem like Meryl Streep. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Music – Devil’s Bellow

All we can say is that Shani (the devil) must have been in a rage and started howling.

At least, that’s how it seemed to us.

None of the songs or their picturization yielded any relief from Satan’s (mis)director Murugadoss’ cruel machinations or music director Harris Jayaraj’s amateur exercise.

7Aum Arivu – Not Worth Watching

At a theater on the East Coast, the audience appeared bored and several members were engaged in chit-chat or seen walking out frequently.

Who can blame them for this movie was so unengaging.

Despair in our heart and tears welling in our eyes, we stepped out into the cold American night cursing the agents of Lucifer – Murugadoss, Shruti Haasan and Harris Jayaraj – who conspired to rob us of 2-hours and 35-minutes of precious time.

If Tamil movie fans have an ounce of arivu (gray matter), they’ll raise their collective middle fingers high above their heads to this silly exercise aka 7Aum Arivu and scream in unison – No.

39 Responses to "7Aum Arivu – Silly, Lifeless Bore; Shruti Haasan is Not Kamal Haasan’s Daughter, No Way"

  1. sam   October 26, 2011 at 2:58 am


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Ra-One should click.

    Indians, Pakis and Bangladeshis will make it a success, at least in the U.S.

    • Aswin_Kini   October 26, 2011 at 4:51 am

      I am not surprised. As I said before, anybody with an ounce of sixth sense could have sensed that the film might be a waste, but surely Tamil films are not that hard to predict anyways.

      SI WROTE: “The genetic research aspect is absolute hogwash with not one ounce of credibility in it. Particularly, toward the end it descends into the farcical as Subha and her menagerie revive Bodhidharmaโ€™s extraordinary talents into the circus artiste Arvind in 12-days.”

      I did not see film, and being a science student, I can easily say that even today’s most advanced technology cannot transform a man’s genetics or transfer the intellect of one man into another.

      Btw, wasn’t Naveen supposed to review this film. Guess you decided to swallow the bitter pill and review the film yourself, is it? ๐Ÿ™ Bad choice!!!!

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Naveen will do Velayudham, supposedly a remake of the Telugu film Azad.

      We’re sharing the Deepavali sweets misery. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Aswin_Kini   October 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    “Naveen will do Velayudham, supposedly a remake of the Telugu film Azad.”

    Poor Naveen, what a way to end a Diwali, watching the buffoon Vijay hamming his dialogues and killing us with all those so-called punchlines made me cringe.

    How many more films does that VIJAY MONKEY need to prove himself. He calls himself an actor, hell, he is at best an imitator (Refer to Pokkiri and Ghilli). And to think that he still has his fan clubs intact!!!!! And that idiot “SURYA” is now following in Vijay’s footsteps as the next MASS HERO (Don’t ask me what it is, they like to call themselves the NEXT BIG THING in the industry)..
    Comparing these buffoons, even Santhanam as a hero cannot do worse. Hell, Santhanam is the sole reason that many people still pay to watch corny humor movies like Siva Manusula Sakthi, Siruthai, Boss engira Bosskaran and now UDHAYANIDHI STALIN’s next film (Abomination), ORU KAL ORU KANNADI.

    Totally, SANTHANAM> Vijay+Surya+Ajith. Such is the fate of Kollywood, you need a comedian to pull the audience to the theatre ๐Ÿ™

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Comparing these buffoons, even Santhanam as a hero cannot do worse. Hell, Santhanam is the sole reason that many people still pay to watch corny humor movies like Siva Manusula Sakthi, Siruthai, Boss engira Bosskaran and now UDHAYANIDHI STALIN’s next film….

    Talking of Santhanam & Udayanidhi Stalin, they played a trailer of OK OK yesterday. But we didn’t pay too much attention to the trailer because we were live-blogging with our iPad inside the hall.

  3. Naveen   October 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    …. and the misery (or otherwise) will be shared with rest of the readers later tonight central time. I hope it turns out to be watchable. I am trying not to go to sify/rediff etc. and stay unbiased.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    If it indeed is a remake of Azad, there’s not much hope.

    • Aswin_Kini   October 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      “If it indeed is a remake of Azad, thereโ€™s not much hope.” – Perfect example of a gross understatement.

      You should have said, “If it’s a Vijay film, there’s no hope” ๐Ÿ™

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Vijay is giving the makkal (people) what they desire. ๐Ÿ™

  4. ravihyd84   October 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    It seems this movie idea is copied from a video game. This info I found on one site.

    I’ve made some observations about the new 7’am Arivu trailer that I would like to share with Tamil Creation viewers.

    I would like to throw in a disclaimer that these are just my observations and I could be completely wrong about them. But looking at the initial trailer of 7’am Arivu it seems to be a direct rip off from the Assassins Creed video game series.

    1. The protagonist: Desmond miles, a barkeeper who is unknowingly a descendent of a line of Assissins. (14th Century)

    2. Change that to Surya who is a circus showman and also a descendant of the great Bodhidharman. (6th Century)

    3. The assassins were believed to be some of the deadliest warriors of their era who founded various new military techniques.

    4. Bodhidharman is supposed to be a great warrior and is credited with teaching martial arts to the Shaolin Monks.

    5. There are two groups, fighting to kidnap Desmond Miles (the protagonist). A big bad mega-corporation and a smaller group of ethical scientists.

    6. Chinki villain and Shruthi’s team.

    7. Desmond Miles is forced to use the “Animus”, a device that allows him to experience his ancestral memories

    8. Change that to a large blue capsule filled with goo and Surya all wired up inside it

    • gandhiji   October 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      What console did you play Assassin’s Creed on, Ravi? And which one.. 1,2 or 3 or all 3?

  5. sam   October 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Surya-Decent Effort!

    Wow, I think it is the first good thing u told bout him since about a year and half. Previous..I dont remember which film!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Well, compared to Shruti’s robotic performance Surya’s acting seemed decent.

  6. Filmlover   October 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Hmmm…. this movie’s concept seems to be stolen from video game called “Assassin Creed”. Thief A.R.Murugadoss returns….. During audio launch, he told that this movie would make every tamil people so proud, but after hearing the concept was stolen, it didn’t make me so proud but felt shame. How come this kind of director who makes this kind of idiotic comments which makes many tamil people as fools?

    OMG! my office colleagues have booked the tickets for Sunday morning show. I don’t know what to do. I believe let me abandon the idea of watching this shit.

  7. Tamizhan   October 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Excuse Me Filmlover there is no bodhidharma or his dna research or tamil scripts said in assassin creed.

    you play video game and u r a silly small boy(girl).

    i think u r not a tamizhan or might be a IT professional praising the foreigners .u r damn idiot.

    it is worth watching very superb movie.

    if u don’t understand go and watch again.watch it clearly. it says that our researches have been stolen and destroyed by them. don’t praise them.or else u r not a human being.you are a [Trash Talk] LEEEEE(DONG LEE).

    • Filmlover   October 31, 2011 at 6:55 am

      @Tamizhan, Thambi, naanum oru tamizhanthan, naan poranthathu Tirupurale, adavathu kodi katha kumaran oorale, (Bro, i am also a Tamilian, i was born in Tirupur, where Kumaran, freedom fighter was born). So, you can’t assume that whoever makes negative comments against Tamil cinemas are non-tamil speaking people. I loved Tamil cinemas but not anymore.

      You said that i might be IT and praising foreigners. But if you notice 98% indian film makers including tamil film makers are copying from foreign movies. Now, who is praising foreigners indirectly here?

      Dude, by loving Tamil cinemas, that will not make anybody as a good citizen of Tamil society or Nation. Most importantly, don’t waste your patriotism over stupid tamil cinemas. If you want to love Tamil, then you should love Tamil literature and Tamil culture, especially our ancient one.

      Tamilians have achieved many things in the past. If you refer to many Tamil Historical books, you will find it. But pathetic thing is, you people search pride in worthless, stupid cinemas. Cinema is just a piece of Entertainment. Entertainment will not do any wonder or magic to a country’s development. You should bear that in mind.

      So, my humble request to you that, don’t ever link sports and entertainment to patriotism. Sports and Entertainment are meant for money making business but patriotism is like where you don’t expect anything in return and you will always think that its worth dying for your country.

      Have a nice day!

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Well said.

  8. Tamizhan   October 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    RAVIHY84, go watch THE MOVIE and comment. They r all rumours

  9. Tamizhan   October 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm




    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO AND WATCH

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Do not use all upper case again. Makes it difficult to read.

    • AC   October 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Looks like the Trolls are back. Waiting for someone to accuse you of being Vijay aficionado…

      SearchIndia.com Responds:


      It costs a lot to make even bad movies these days.

      And if a movie flops those at the bottom of the food chain like distributors, exhibitors etc get f*cked thoroughly!

      In any case, the two Tamil movies were reviewed by different people.

    • vinith   October 29, 2011 at 6:09 am


      WRONG. I’ve played Assassin’s Creed and I can say for sure that the whole DNA concept was ripped off from Assassin’s Creed.

      Similarities between Assassin’s Creed(AC) and 7th sense(SS)

      1)Bodhidharman, a master of martial arts and medicine of the 6th century in SS/ Altair, a master assassin of the 12th century in AC

      2)Aravind, descendant of Bodhidharman/ Desmond miles, a direct descendant of Altair.

      3)Subha wants Aravind to help her in her research about genetic engineering, explaining to him that Bodhidharman’s skills can be brought back from the 6th century inside Aravind / Desmond is informed about Animus, a machine that can decode his ancestral memory present in his DNA. They say that they need him for a research to find about specific details about Altair’s life.

      4)In the end, Bodhidharman’s skills are finally transferred to Aravind and he fights and wins Dong Lee/ Over-exposure to the Animus results in a “bleeding” effect that transfers the talents and skills of his ancestor Altair to Desmond.

      Now about Velayudham, these shameless bozos have copied the costume from Assassin’s Creed. Vijay looks terribly funny in this costume, btw. On the other hand, the game’s character Altair looked very convincing.


      What do you think of this?

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Based on what you write above, there’s not a shred of doubt in our mind that the thieving swine Murugadoss has lifted the story from AC and infused it into 7Aum Arivu.

  10. Naveen   October 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    How come there are not many hate comments or threats from Surya or Kamal fans yet? SI – Please email your “fans”

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    For the Dasavatharam garbage, there were some angry/hateful comments.

  11. AC   October 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    What about Enthiran? I was surprised to see not flame wars in the comment section.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    For whatever reason, Enthiran never aroused such a strong, visceral response.

    Our hypothesis is that most Tamils were excitedly deep-throating Rajini and had his schlong stuck deep in their throats to talk or even comment.

  12. vinith   October 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Caught 7th sense yesterday.


    The movie crawled at a snail’s pace. The villain Dong Lee, a Chinese intelligence officer, was made to act like a Joker. Murugankka Dass has truly wasted Johnny Tri Ngyuen. This was the same guy who did all the stunts as spiderman for Spiderman 2 and as the Green Goblin in Spiderman. I guess Johnny Tri Nguyen himself could have choreographed much better fight sequences than that [deleted] Peter Hein, who was the fight choreographer. Johnny’s talents weren’t utilized one bit. He could have been portrayed as a far more menacing villain.

    WHAT THE FUCK was the point of the scene in the traffic signal, where Dong Lee hypnotizes everyone on the road to kill Aravind and Subha? Cars come flying on to a fallen container lorry. Drainage cleaners becoming Kung fu experts, bike riders doing wheelies and ultimately flying and crashing on to the fallen container lorry, the auto carrying Subha and Aravind running on the opposite side of the road was the acme of nonsense. The CGI was at its worst here (looked like a cartoon).. sheer torture.

    Even the climax fight was ordinary and pale. Not like the intense clash that one would expect. Dong Lee is said to be the BEST student of the Shaolin temple but gets beaten very easily in the end. Typical of a Tamil movie. Btw, how exactly did Dong Lee land right in front of the van in which Subha and her friends were taking Aravind to a safe place, despite them being in several acres of forest area? Must be due to his ‘7th sense’.

    Surya was one of the plus points. His acting wasn’t extraordinary but quite decent. Liked the songs but felt some of them could have been avoided, for example Mun Andhi and the silly song towards the end. Yamma Yamma picturization was good but like SI said, Surya didn’t exactly bring out his feeling of dejection after being duped. The cinematography was good in the first twenty minutes where Bodhidharman travels to China from TN.

    The comedy scenes involving Pakru and Surya were good too.

    Shruti Hassan was waste of screen space.

    Overall, 7th sense could have been a very good movie in the hands of a capable director but ARM wasted his opportunity of making a good movie. The whole DNA concept/Operation Red etc could have been very interesting had the screenplay been fast-paced. But alas, 7th sense turned out to be a below average movie. F**K YOU Murugadoss.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    After all that we put up with for over 2 hours, we thought the climax fight would be spectacular.

    Alas, that was plain garbage.

    The only nice thing about it was Dong Lee giving a vicious kick or punch to Subha and sending her flying into the tree. Wish someone had done it to her in the beginning of the movie.

    • vinith   October 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

      “After all that we put up with for over 2 hours, we thought the climax fight would be spectacular.”

      Even I thought the same.

      Was disappointed. With a martial arts expert like Tri Nguyen as the villain, your expectations are definitely high. But all hopes came crashing down. Was just like another tamil movie fight scene. Indian film makers must stop taking stuntmen or actors from Hollywood or other movie industries and making caricatures of them.

      The sad thing is that the audience (well, that includes me) fall for such things.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You know, it’s a mighty shame that even after stealing Murugadoss can’t make a decent film.

      • Naveen   October 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        Despite all the warnings some people will still watch the movie.

        I’ll be one of those fools today ๐Ÿ™

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        Well, it all depends on your ‘DNA‘ (Subha’s research focus in the movie). ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Hari Jr   October 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

          Enjoy the show naveen ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Naveen   October 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

            You are correct, the movie was a drab. I thought the story/plot had potential as a sci-fi fantasy if it had been done by more capable hands. In many ways 7aum arivu reflects the limitations of Surya, Shruti Haasan and Murugadoss.

            Surya – Besides giving good poses he doesn’t possess any real martial art skills. He can’t be blamed for it. Surya was earnest, consistent and probably the best thing that happened to this movie.

            Shruti – No screen presence, limited Tamil speaking skills and clueless in the acting department.

            Murugadoss – Has no idea how to direct action scenes especially the ones with Martial arts and well.. basically too many limitations to start counting. He is the main villain of the movie. The final fight was poorly conceived and it was the culmination of disappointment

            The guy who played Dong Lee was wasted. The Chutiya Murugadoss could have made him fight and instead makes him just stare at people. For the extent to which he was used Murugadoss didnt need any talent from China, he could have used a Nepalese Gurkha and saved money.

            As SI rightly said this Dong Lee guy reminds of Vadivelu. :))


            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            SI readers never cease to remind us that we once hailed Pokiri, yes, Vijay’s Pokiri as a good movie.

            Guess, we’ll have to bear the slings and arrows, the taunts and jeers flowing from that review for the reminder of our lives. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Aswin_Kini   October 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

            SI WROTE: “SI readers never cease to remind us that we once hailed Pokiri, yes, Vijayโ€™s Pokiri as a good movie. ”

            Common buddy, these are the instances that make us believe that you are a perfect human being like US ๐Ÿ˜‰

            Hey, we never remind you of these things:
            1) You praising Nayanthara for her role in Kalvanin Kaathali (2005) – “The only appealing feature of Kalvanin Kaadhali is Nayantara, who has rendered a fine performance within the confines of an asinine script. ” Never knew SI would use Nayanthara and the words “fine performance” in the same sentence ๐Ÿ˜‰

            2) You also rated a normal masala movie “The 2006 Jeeva starrer DISHOOOM or DISHYUM as good” and rated CHITIRAM PESUDADI as AVERAGE.
            Here is an excerpt from your earlier review:
            To jaded fans of Tamil movies, Dishyum a.k.a Dishoom comes across as a pleasant surprise.
            The highlight of Dishyum is a solid performance by Sandhya, who plays the eponymous heroine in this movie.

            Hey, we even say you disclaimer stating your ratings for movies may change with age ๐Ÿ˜‰
            This was your response to a viewer’s comment in the Kusalen review
            “The one Rajinikanth movie that we liked was Aralithu Aravadu Varai released in 1979. But please keep in mind that as with most things in life, timing is everything. A movie that we enjoy today may not appeal to us a few years hence (exceptions to this rule are classics like Casablanca, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sholay, On the Water Front, Aradhana and Yadon Ki Baarat).

            We are all human SI, it is not wrong to like certain films. What is food for one is poison for the other. What is beautiful for me might seem ugly for another. This is life, this is perspective. Let no one say otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚

            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            1. You write: You praising Nayanthara for her role in Kalvanin Kaathali…

            We refused to be held prisoner to our yesteryear scribblings.

            2. You write: You also rated a normal masala movie โ€œThe 2006 Jeeva starrer DISHOOOM or DISHYUM as goodโ€ and rated CHITIRAM PESUDADI as AVERAGE.

            We’d now consider both Dishoom and Chitirum Pesathudi junk but continue to nourish an insatiable appetite for the Chitirum Pesathudi girl Bhavana.

            She has an untapped, enticing, alluring sex appeal and would make an outstanding item gal/stripper in the right hands. Alas, right hands the gal is not in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            3. It’s over three decades since we watched Aralithu Aravadu Varai. Hard to remember the nuances but were we to rewatch it we’d most likely still consider it a decent film by Tamil movie standards.

            As for Pokiri, let the word go forth from this time and age that SI considers the film the tsunami of nonsense.

          • Aswin_Kini   October 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

            SI WROTE: “As for Pokiri, let the word go forth from this time and age that SI considers the film the tsunami of nonsense.”

            Why do you want to change your opinion to satisfy some silly buffoons???? Pokiri was not a great film by any means, but a good entertainer barring Vadivelu’s nauseating antics.

            I had just pointed out those instances to state that EVERYONE is entitled to their own opinion. And no matter how we SI readers treat you, you are still human, not a super intelligent extraterrestial like the ones showed in the film, MEN IN BLACK.

            Do we think we are so foolish to judge your capabilities based on just one review???

            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            No, we’re not doing a volte-face to pander to some schmucks.

            In the four or five years since these old, fading eyes watched Pokiri, we’ve seen countless fine English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, German, Hungarian, Japanese etc movies. Many of these classics were reviewed on the SI blog.

            Compared to those engrossing, bewitching spectacles, Pokiri is a piece of shit that can satisfy only a crass audience untutored about, and unexposed to, great movies.

  13. Filmlover   October 31, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Dear All,

    Yesterday, I saw “7aum Arivu” and I say it’s boring deep down to the core.

    The concept in 7aum Arivu not only stolen from Assassin Creed but also from other Hollywood flicks like MI:2 and Outbreak.

    1. In MI:2, the Villain tries to spread Chimera virus in Australia and make people sick and the same time there was one medicine “Bellarophon” which cure virus Chimera and he plan to sell the same to Australia’s pharmaceutical company for million of dollars . Here in 7aum Ariu, Chinese officials decides to spread virus in India, and try to control India. Only the slight difference is in 7aum arivu they execute virus successfully but in MI:2 unsuccessful.

    2. In Outbreak, the way they shown how virus spread to the people is quite similar in this movie.

    3. Of course, many people are aware about video game called “Assassin Creed”, from which this thieving swine A.R.Murugadoss has stolen the main concept.

    After all the above facts, still A.R.Murugadoss justifies his action by introducing “Bodhidharma” to Tamil people, which I consider beyond disgusting. He used Bodhidharama as his shield to cover his ass from plagiarism. Shameless moron, this A.R.Murugadoss.

    Another disgusting and irritating factor was Harris Jeyaraj’s tuneless music. There was blood in my ears. I was totally annoyed with songs and score also.

    Yes, of course, i can’t deny the fact that first 15 minutes of the movies was quite interesting but after that it became pointless, lifeless and boring.

    Shruti Hassan’s horrible Tamil accent was another negative impact on the film.

    Overall, movie sucked to the deep core of the earth. However, good news that Tamil audience were not pleased with this film. As of now, that’s the only positive news.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Interesting points (particularly 1 & 2 above).

    2. It’s strange that people like Shruti Hassan, Trisha Krishnan etc who were born & raised in Tamil Nadu can’t speak Tamil.

    • Naveen   October 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      Not just Trisha and Shruti Haasan.

      I have observed that girls from affluent families in Chennai have this strange fixation for English.

      It is rare to find them converse in Tamil and when they do they have this stylish (wierd) anglo-indian accent.

      I can’t say everyone is like that but a big chunk confirms to the above said behavior. Quite oddly, I have seen this behavior more in girls than guys.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      The female of the species is weirder and deadlier than the male in every respect (thank you, Kipling).

      • AC   November 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

        My guess is that in the elite convent schools in Chennai such as Church Park, speaking Tamil in other than an anglicized accent is actively frowned upon.

        • AC   November 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

          Sorry. That should have read:
          My guess is that in the elite convent schools in Chennai such as Church Park, speaking Tamil in anything other than an anglicized accent is actively frowned upon by the nuns/teachers.

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          Aren’t most Nuns horny bitches?

          Hell, show us a pussy that rebels against nature and we’ll show you our Vishwaroopam (not the Ulaga Madayan’s jinxed version)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Dark Jester   November 1, 2011 at 4:46 am

    I agree with your review.

    However, in response to the above comments about Shruti Hassans Tamil – she does speak Tamil.

    I have met her personally, she came to my parents temple in London and she communicated with everyone in Tamil.

    I agree that her accent is a bid odd but her Tamil is significantly better then most “leading” ladies in Kollywood.

    Having said that, her acting is poor but there are worse in Kollywood.

    • Filmlover   November 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      I agree with you.

      I think she needs time to settle.

      I believe her father will shape her up in acting department.

      In future, she will correct herself, i think she should correct herself.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You write: I think she needs time to settle.

      OMG, what nonsense.

      Till that little twit picks some basic acting chops we’re all supposed to patiently wait, is it.


      Who knows, we might have to wait endlessly. Like with Abhishek Bachchan, Sivakumar (Surya’s father), Priyanka Choptra, Trisha etc.

      • Filmlover   November 2, 2011 at 1:13 am

        SI says: OMG, nonsense.

        You and me have no other option to accept this nonsense. In India, the professionalism is certainly missing. For e.g, in the past, if you observe the actresses like Kushboo and Simran, at the beginning of their career, they were horrible at acting but later on, they figured out how to act. In same case, there is possibility chance for Shruti Hassan. Of course, i don’t have faith on her but who knows anything may happen.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        The only thing, perhaps we should say things, Khushboo has in ample proportion are the twin assets top and bottom. Simran, Ramya Krishnan etc are eminently forgettable.

    • Naveen   November 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

      @Dark Jester – The point is that Shruti Haasan does not speak Tamil like a normal Tamilian. She seemed stressed out speaking Tamil and the audience is stressed to see the pretty girl so stressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Asin’s Tamil sounds more genuine than Shruti’s. She probably inherited the language gene from her mom so she needs to do some DNA infusion from her dad to get some of the better acting and speaking skills ๐Ÿ˜‰

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Asin is a great example of determination trumping talent or class!

      If we were given a choice (fat hope) between Asin or Shruti, we’d plump for Asin.

      At least, Asin shows animal instincts in some scenes, base as they may look, compared to the robotic hospital-mixup spawn of Kamal Hassan.

  15. Filmlover   November 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Off-topic: Dear SI, i really thought there should be forum or your review on Film scores. Of course, whether you have passion and interest in listening to Original scores, for instance, John Williams’ Jurassic Park, James Horner’s Titanic, James Newton Howard’s Water World, Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen, Hans Zimmer’s The Lion King, Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy etc.

    I have many soundtrack collections with me. My favorite composers are John Williams, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, Mark Isham, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman, Vangelis etc.

    Recently, i have finished listening to forthcoming Spielberg’s First animation movie “The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn”, score composed and conducted by John Williams. Score is really fantastic but only strong memorable themes are missing.

    However, i am curious to know about your taste on Film scores. If you have, will you review or create separate forum score lovers like me?

    Have a nice day!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: will you review or create separate forum score lovers like me?


    2. You write: i am curious to know about your taste on Film scores

    Music scores are not one of the few solaces left to SI in the evening of its life.

    We do not have separate playlists in our iTunes library for Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer etc

    Our largest collection is not of the peerless Ennio Morricone.

    We do not listen to Morricone the most among the greats. Do not strongly recommend.

    Our Morricone favorites are not – Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu, Il Trio Infernale, Vamaos A Matar, A Lydia, Il Buono, Il Brutto Il Cattivo, Indagine Su Un Cittadino, The Battle of Algiers etc.

    Not a single day has passed in the last few years when we have listened to Morricone.

    We also do not have a bunch of tracks from Hans Zimmer that we listen to frequently – includes Discombobulation (Sherlock Holmes), Dark Knight (all tracks), Inception (all tracks), Pirates of the Caribbean, Lion King (To Die For) etc – plus we do not listen to select tracks from Henry Mancini, Pascal Esteve (L’homme du Train), Howard Shore, Danny Elfman etc.

    Hope that explains our gross indifference to music scores.

    3. You write: Score is really fantastic but only strong memorable themes are missing.

    What is the above nonsense?

    It can’t be “really fantastic” if it doesn’t have “strong memorable themes.”

    We have listened to a few tracks but did not get a raising thrill.

    • Filmlover   November 2, 2011 at 1:25 am

      SI Says: We do not listen to Morricone the most among the greats. Do not strongly recommend.

      Oh! you are not Morricone fan. OMG!!!!

      SI Says: It canโ€™t be โ€œreally fantasticโ€ if it doesnโ€™t have โ€œstrong memorable themes.โ€

      Who said? this shows you haven’t equipped yourself in score listening. Of course, its not your fault. I meant really fantastic was based on brilliant orchestration that would certainly work on either stand alone CD listening or in movie. Your appreciation on music may differ but it doesn’t mean you have to appreciate score which has only strong memorable themes. I agree that was my fault because that was incomplete sentence. I should have elaborated even further, then you would have got my idea.

      If you observe earlier John Williams’ scores for “Close Encounters of the third Kind” and “War of the Worlds” had good moments except memorable themes. Those scores had atonal moments which was quite interesting to listen. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fantastic. But i never mentioned those scores are greatest works by Williams.

      SI Says: We have listened to a few tracks but did not get a raising thrill.

      That’s your opinion. I respect that.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      1 You write: Oh! you are not Morricone fan. OMG!!!!

      No, we hate the Italian SOB.

      Particularly, loath Morricone’s Il Trio Infernale and A Lydia. Hate them so much that we listen to those tracks only 2 or 3 times a day.

      2. Listening to Morricone’s The Endless Game as we type.

      • AC   November 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        Have you listened to Morricone’s Tragedy of the Ridiculous Man?

        If you do not like Morricone, you may not like Nino Rota either. He is of course most famous for scoring Godfather, but he has also scored a number of Fellini’s films. Here is Saragina’s theme from 81/2:

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        You write: If you do not like Morricone, you may not like Nino Rota either.

        Good Lord, sarcasm is lost on Indians.

        We adore Morricone!

        The man makes us come unfailingly every time.

        Not a day passes when we do not listen to Morricone!

        His greatest works are on our PC, on our iPhone, our iPad, iPod Shuffle and in our heart forever!

        Alas, Tragedy of the Ridiculous Man is not part of our 3-CD collection of Morricone’s top works. Sad!

        • AC   November 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm

          You write: Good Lord, sarcasm is lost on Indians.

          SI, have you started early on your nightly peg or something? I was continuing in the same sarcastic vein. Or else why would I make another recommendation (i.e. Rota)??

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          You write: SI, have you started early on your nightly peg or something?

          Sweetie, we’re on our fifth peg of Chivas tonight.

          More sloshed than usual. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Filmlover   November 3, 2011 at 3:13 am

          “Good Lord, sarcasm is lost on Indians.”

          One of the best sarcasm i have ever seen. Keep it up, SI

  16. Gummthalaka   November 24, 2011 at 4:38 am


  17. What_if   November 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hi SI,
    Did you hear the “Kolaveri Di” song which has crossed 7.6 Millon hits on you tube ?



    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: Did you hear the “Kolaveri Di” song which has crossed 7.6 Millon hits on you tube

    When that jackass Abhishek Bachchan tweets (see your second link) โ€œHow cool is Kolaveri di!!!, then you know Kolaveri is garbage. That is, if you were not aware of it earlier.

    Why this Thalaiveli, thalaiveli di.

    Sick-u Shit-u, Sick-u Shit-u.

    Why this Thalaiveli, Thalaiveli di.

    This-u song-u one-ly, one-ly for Tamil Korang-u, Korang-u

    I am dying-u, dying-u

    Why this Thalaiveli, thalaiveli di. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Sweetie, in a country with 1.2 billion monkeys all kinds of junk find a place. When one monkey does something stupid, the remaining 1.1999 billion chimps want to do the same. ๐Ÿ™

    Now, we’ll get back to our Bread Pudding and new cocktail Gin + ice cold Aloe Vera King (a Korean drink available at all Chinese stores) and Chiwda mixture on the side. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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