16 January 2010

Aayirathil Oruvan -- Review

What happens when the past meets the present ? More so, what happens when the people from the past are still alive ? What happens when a present day man interacts with the people of the past ?

All these questions are answered rather intelligently in Selvaraghavan's latest movie, Aayirathil Oruvan.

The story is rather simple. A team of archeologists set out to find the path, and the last settlement of last emperor of Chola kingdom, when they fled their native Thanjavur.

Leading the team is Reema Sen, with Andrea, whose father had disappeared after finding out the location, and Karthi Sivakumar.

They need to pass through the seas and animal infested jungles before they arrive at the city.

What happens after they reach the city ?

While the ending of the movie may suggest a sequel, a careful analysis of the movie actually suggests that a sequel may not be in place. Centuries ago, the child of the king was taken away to a safe place to save him from marauding invaders. Cut to the present, the movie comes to a close with pretty much the same situation. It is quite possible that the director seems to suggest that this cycle will keep repeating itself.

The director has paid excellent attention to details, including the use of language, costumes and such.

All the actors have put in excellent performances.

The director could have spent some money in polishing the special effects (that ugly looking camel).

The camera work is of top order.

All in all, a movie that is definitely worth watching, and the one that pushes the envelope of tamil movie making.


PS: A lot of situations need careful inference and deduction in the movie. That might prove to be the downfall of this movie at the box office, or may guarantee repeat audience.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 3:54 PM


  1. Blogger Venky posted at Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 2:47:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    I could not agree more with you. I totally loved it.

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