Aayirathil Oruvan – Adventure of Epic Proportions பிரம்மாண்டமான காவிய சாகச கதை தமிழ் சினிமாவுக்கு புது வரவுMonday, February 1st, 2010
A bold initiative to bring a semi-historical (facts based) mystical adventure of epic proportions to the contemporary Tamil cinema succeeds to a certain level and leaves room for a better sequel to follow. Kudos to Selvaragavan as he has attempted what was perceived as unimaginable by other movie makers of his era, by daring to make a high budget epic with fantasy and adventure foremost in mind. This is an effort that would even make a director like Shankar , gifted with the knack of making colossal movies with unerring direction and tons of patience, proud.
It is easy to criticize the movie in the many places it has faltered, but the superlative effort in creating this extravagant epic of colossal undertaking and patience to Tamil cinema, more than compensates. Glaring weaknesses are the special effects that proves amateurish at best, and the fantasy that goes beyond disbelief at times riddled with ideas and scenes that were extracted from Hollywood. But nothing to be taken away as the movie excels in the manner it was able to reproduce the feeling of an era bygone by way of meticulously designed sets, succulent Tamil that is as pure as we have ever seen in contemporary Tamil cinema and matching music score by the talented GV Prakash.
The story keeps us engrossed and the intriguing plot revolves around the enmity between Chola and Pandya dynasties and how this rivalry is far from over, even centuries later. Its a case of vivid imagination meeting hard facts, and the movie takes us to an imaginary yet captivating encounter and duel between the remnants of Chola dynasty against their arch rivals, and the consequences. Karthi impresses again, this time as part of a trio who embark on a once in a lifetime adventure. Parthiban makes an impact as always does, albeit in a role that he is not accustomed to.
Considering the hardship one would face in making such a movie its not surprising that it was delayed in production and was in the making for years. This is a testament to the director’s perseverance and his valour against odds, and it is no luck that this movie finally came out as a movie that is both intriguing and watchable. For those who may have failed to understand and appreciate the finer nuances in the historical facts that this is movie is vaguely based on, storyline and dialogue, its worth watching again if and when the original Bluray or DVD release is out.
Watch the Movie Trailer here
Director - Selvaragavan
Producer - R. Ravindran
Writer - Selvaragavan
Cast – Karthi, Reema Sen, Parthiban, Jeremiah
Music – GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography - Ramji
Editor – Khola Baskar