Thursday, January 14, 2010


Selvaraghavan's two years in the making, action adventure Aayirathil Oruvan is a brave attempt and has hit the screens globally today(14th Jan 2010). Here, you get to see what has to say about the film in review.



The most eagerly waited Tamil movie of recent times is finally out.

And trust Selvaraghavan to choose a subject that would make any filmmaker shiver in his shoes. And yet, this is the kind of epic that everyone dreams about making in their lifetime.

War. Love. Betrayal. Instincts. Ancient history, a forgotten kingdom, magical powers and a ruined city. Yes, the stuff of dreams. And kudos to the director for even thinking of attempting such a story.

Reema Sen's back-story seems weak but who cares when she takes the fiery avatar and brandishes her assets so completely. In a way, though, she's a revelation, and is the reason the second half has some impact.

Karthi is his usual insouciant self and is simply a joy to watch no matter his lewd jokes. The guy acts with every pore of his body; it's a miracle to finally see someone use their eyes and face to actually express something.

As for Andreah -- barring a few moments -- the girl actually has precious little to do considering she's an archaeologist and should therefore shoulder much of the burden of a historical expedition.

G V Prakash's music sets the tone for the period pieces; otherwise, the BGM is adequate. Ramji's cinematography is brilliant but the movie could use some editing.


Credit goes to Selvaraghavan for having the guts to actually take a theme like this and to deliver it with some panache. So you can forgive the occasional hurdles, the Narnia/Lord of the Rings/Gladiator inspirations, briefly.

Steel your stomach before you watch it, though. Regardless of the minor discrepancies, AO is definitely a movie to watch. >> [ Read complete review @ REDIFF ]

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