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      Default Aayirathil Oruvan - Selvaraghavan's brave attempt at redefining movies

      Note : The following post contain spoilers as I am not interested in a review per se, but more of an analysis of the movie. So those who are don't have the patience, don't want to "spoil" their experience beforehand (much recommended), and last but not least cannot stand my presumptuous posts, may well skip to the very end (Verdict) or alternatively have a look at perhaps one of the BEST reviews (including from a family pov) I've ever read in SS here --> ***AYIRATHIL ORUVAN Review: Dino's n SG's Take*** - Snehasallapam

      Spoilers start from here :

      The Indian Tarantino

      The wait was unnerving really. Pudupettai enna undeserved debacleinu sesham oru neenda viraamam thanneyundayi Selvayude, in Tamil. Tamizh cinemaye superstarsisathil ninnum puthu yugathilekku kaipidichu kadathiya oraalanu Selva. He merits comparison with another pathbreaking Hollywood director, Quentin Tarantino.

      The similarities in their movie making styles are striking : Central characters being women, Bold ones at that, "shocking" scenes, unparliamentary language, violence, etc. Pakshe Tarantinoyude moviesil kaanatha onnumund - his take on sexuality, it's refreshingly basic, core, unadulterated, and hence not exactly publicly consumable.

      Which brings me back to the movie : Yes folks, Selva is back!

      The first half : Indiana Jones : Reloaded in Madurai

      That first sentence was what left my mind at the conclusion of the first half was that, in fact I can vouch about 90% of the audience felt the same, considering my injudicious eavesdropping of their conversations during the break. The first half was all Indiana Jones rolled into Pirates of the carribean with a Madurai touch. Credits showing the backdrop behind the expedition, superb introduction of the hero, the trip which establishes the connection between the lead pair (sorry not Andrea-Karthi, but Reema-Karthi, I'll explain later), the 7 deadly traps superbly visualised and executed! (The Nataraja - stone henge connection was completely ingenious and outrageously brilliant!!!), and the final trap where the protagonists lose their minds, culminating in Karthi getting fatally shot, left us all in a cliffhanger situation. Wow!! That one got the target bullseye.

      But the Selva lover in me was not satisfied, even though I still would rate it 4/5. Selva has always been a master at character detailing and elevates the movie into a different plane by exploring into our conscience and making us face the uncomfortable truths which in fact reside deep in us. His protagonists were always "grey" as evidenced by absence of hardcore "villian" or "hero" characters in his movies. But here, the characters were rather starkingly black and white. Reema and her cohorts were the predictable "baddies" who stops at nothing to get their ends served and uses Andreah and Karthi and friends (The "good") to that effect. Enjoyable but nah the Selva touch was missing.

      Of course, Selva proved me wrong completely. Much to the shock/disappointment of the part of me who loved the first half, but to the delight of the other part who has gone to the sheer extent of labelling him as the best director in the world due to movies like KK, 7G and most importantly Pudupettai. A double treat!!!

      The second half : Rather THE MOVIE for me!

      Yep, it was the second half that made me really sit up/ perk my ears up and watch as intently as I've ever watched. The casual viewer in me was quietly asked to **** off by Selva, and rather he challenged me to merit entry into his world.

      And what a ride it was!! The settings, tone, character profiling, events, everything was completely different from the first half. In fact it was a new movie altogether from there. The Selva was back!

      Enough with teenagish boy-girl have fun

      The first step in that transformation was to chuck off "black/white" cardboards that were Karthi's and Andreah's. I am so glad Andreah was completely relegated to a prop because her character was useless in the whole movie. And Karthi's character was shelved in a prison till the last 40-45 minutes. Reema's character was the most appealing from the beginning, and Selva started building on it. But the master touch came in the form of Parthiban's character. No words to express but amazing!! I never imagined Parthiban had so much ability as an actor but then if one could make that sorry Producer's son act so well in 7g, this was no tough task for Selva really. Still credit to Parthiban where due.

      Parthiban - Reema chemistry

      There is a saying in the Bhagavad Geetha that the extreme hatred and extreme passion are one and the same. Well finally the movie had two protagonists who acted like real grown up men and women. The spoiler came rather early in case of Reema, but her motives justified her actions. Parthiban was portrayed as a king who "hunts" and "bring" human flesh for his followers, and a cold blooded killer yet Selva managed to detail his character to such an extent that he became the real protagonist of the movie. So we had two inherently negative characters with positive and equally justifiable but opposite viewpoints. The tussle between the two for one upmanship was incredibly done! Reema trying to seduce Parthiban and ironically ending up seduced by his valour, and in between a brilliant swordplay put in was the Selva moment for me in this movie! Perhaps Ashuthosh Gowarikar could take a lesson or two from this (Jodha Akbar swordplay). The eventual betrayal and the subsequent collapse of Parthiban was the touch, as was seen in 7g and KK.

      Clash of the civilisations : and the ultimate truth

      "Everything that has a beginning has an end".
      The Cholas were a powerful dynasty who ruled South India and South East Asia for about a millenia till 1200s when they were usurped by the Pandyas. In a sense their time was simply up, and they had to go. That has happened from the time life started in this world, dinosaurs ruled the earth for millions of years but now they are no more. There are only two ways out in such a situation : Hold on to your beliefs and end up as a glorious page in history or accept reality, change oneself and embrace the new culture. The Cholas decided to the former while the Pandyas chose the latter.

      While the intentions behind Cholas' escape into the un-findable land was honorable, they did not realise by doing so, they were running away and only delaying the inevitable demise. By barricading themselves in the world thinking that the outside world will not trouble them, they were actually descending into "sub-humane" levels of existence. The irony when they are talking pristine ancient tamil, and keeping ideals (like sacrificing oneself to save the king) thereby clinging onto long gone past glories, but yet have degenerated into mindless cannibalism, ritual slaughter, and socio-economic setups reeking of putrid smell of decay.

      The Pandyas however here represents the modernity, the change, and being more worldly wise they have the better resources. And eventually they would find a way to end the Cholas, who represent blind beliefs in the ways of the past. In that sense, actually Reema Sen and her band can be called the "heroes" and the "saviours" who "freed" the stagnated.. nah.. degenerated Cholas from their sorry existence. Hence I like to think that the much awaited "saviour" as Reema only rather than Karthi. Anyway the climax of the movie indicates an ambiguity as to the ultimate fate of Karthi, perhaps indicating he had become a ghost, a legend.

      Thanks Selva !!! It was worth the wait really!!!!

      Spoilers over
      Last edited by Antony Moses; 17th January 2010 at 01:09 AM.

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      Cast

      Parthiban - Amazing!! He is half the soul of the movie
      Reema - Her career best performance. She has taken heck of an effort. Forms the other half of the soul of the movie. A for the effort, B for the output.
      Karthi - Posterboy for the movie, sidelined almost completely in the second half but for the last half hour. He is at ease playing the bumbling rogue charmer.
      Andreah - Just in for the kicks in the first half. The movie would have been perfectly fine without her character as well.
      Others - Almost universally good. The detailing is immense and even the most minor characters have put in sterling efforts. Something which our Blessychayan can take notice.

      Editing

      Bad. Although more than half of this is the responsibility of the director. The movie loses steam rather abruptly before picking it for a short while only to lose it again. What I saw was the entire 3 hour thing. Scenes there in just for shock value like Reema's pissing, the Govinda Govinda song (WTF was that in there for in the movie?? Good for use in TV to catch attention though), a bit of chopping in the war sequences, the Gladiator inspired fight (although I liked it, as Dino said, it did not add much value, perhaps they can trim it to the point where Karthi realises his "powers"). Luckily I read they have chopped off about 30 minutes which will surely make things interesting.

      Songs and BGM

      Songs have been my favorite ever since it got released and in fact "Penmaane", "Thai thindra manne" "Inda paarvai" have been on loop. Thai thindra manney has gelled in wonderfully with the visuals although overall not really to the level of 7G.

      BGM was splendid in some areas but sadly inconsistent.

      Costume / Makeup / Sets

      Brilliant / Brilliant / Absolutely brilliant!!
      The best effort in Indian cinema I've seen. Hollywood stuff man!

      Photography / CG

      Amazing!! The initial scenes and the cruise, the visual splendor of the settings, the grimness of the Chola kingdom all were breathtaking indeed. CG has been done so well that it is impossible to identify where it was used and not. This is top of the batch stuff from Selva and team. The Nataraja trap was simply the icing on the cake.

      Stunts / Miscellanous

      Stunts and fights have been done really well, except perhaps for the gladiator one which rather was kind of "forced insert" to justify Karthi's presence in second half. The seduction-swordfight between Parthiban and Reema was breathtaking. However Reema's dubbing was not good and often it looked like Jai Hanuman malayalam dubbing.

      Date : 16 - Jan - 2010
      Place : Lido, Bangalore
      Status : 95%

      Response : First half was welcomed with claps and cheers, second half was perhaps too much for the family/holiday crowd. A group of guys sitting nearby started having fun at the expense of the apparently dragging second half (for them). Second half was not widely received.

      Trade prediction : A grand initial followed by repeat views but only if the emergency trimming is done.

      My verdict : Two movies for one by Selva. However loved the second half more.
      4.9/5 - Unmissable
      NB - STRICTLY FOR ADULTS. Not for children.
      Last edited by Antony Moses; 17th January 2010 at 01:04 AM.

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      thnx modaa..njan naalke pokum

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      thanks anna... selva and tarantino *cough* *choke*
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      Hai yeh maya...

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      athnks achu mama

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      Achyuth Mama... terrific review anna... I have to watch this movie ASAP... pandaram kore cut cheydhu kalanju ennu kelunundallo...

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      Vayichu.. Seriously, 1st half is slick 2nd half is a letdown ennu ellavarum paranjappozhe vichaarichu 2nd half aayirikkum moviede heart ennu
      Hai yeh maya...

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      njan review vayikkunilla..naale kaanendathale

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      Thanks Achu Maama...
      Selva raghavan

      i dont see anyone apreciating Reema Sen and everyone goes behind Karthi..I have seen everyone appreciating Pooja in Naan Kadavul..But Reema is more bold and her performance is excellent.She is really underrated...

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      Quote Originally Posted by Hari Kuttan View Post
      thanks anna... selva and tarantino *cough* *choke*
      Yeah Tarantino is overrated a bit. And he doesnt have guts to explore sexuality like Selva does.

      Quote Originally Posted by aadu thoma View Post
      athnks achu mama
      Welcome Mutton Thomas
      Quote Originally Posted by kannettan View Post
      thnx modaa..njan naalke pokum
      Welcome macha.. Must watch!



      Quote Originally Posted by El Mariachi View Post
      Achyuth Mama... terrific review anna... I have to watch this movie ASAP... pandaram kore cut cheydhu kalanju ennu kelunundallo...
      Thanks anna... what I saw today was the full uncut version... guess the cuts are done only in TN.. do catch it.. annan Bangaloreil alle? If u see it tomorrow perhaps u can catch it in full... BTW - Family kondupovathirukkayanu nallathu (Atleast not for the "uncut" version)

      Quote Originally Posted by Hari Kuttan View Post
      Vayichu.. Seriously, 1st half is slick 2nd half is a letdown ennu ellavarum paranjappozhe vichaarichu 2nd half aayirikkum moviede heart ennu
      Seriously da. It was a two - in -one package for me... Actually first halfinde koode oru 20 minutes oru oppikals climax plus resolution of Karthi getting shot cheythirunnuvengil we'd have a sure blockbuster in our hands... Without even bringing Parthiban and cohorts into the picture. But then it wouldn't be a Selva movie for me.

      Quote Originally Posted by kannettan View Post
      njan review vayikkunilla..naale kaanendathale
      don't read the first post...

      Updated the second post with "no spoilers" general comments...

      Quote Originally Posted by ~~Meesha Madhavan~~ View Post
      Thanks Achu Maama...
      Selva raghavan

      i dont see anyone apreciating Reema Sen and everyone goes behind Karthi..I have seen everyone appreciating Pooja in Naan Kadavul..But Reema is more bold and her performance is excellent.She is really underrated...
      Welcome macha... Reema did superbly!! But still can't count as a "great" performance. She tried though. And the dubbing for her was not good.

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