So it’s deepavali and it’s not complete until you watch a newly released movie. I was whiling away my time at home and found that AGS Navalur had some tickets for 7aum arivu. Off I went to watch the much publicized and extensively marketed movie from AR Murugadass – Surya.

If you have watched the movie and think it’s one of the best movies made in Tamil cinema, I suggest you to close this window at once and move on. This review is going to be a stark critique of the movie.

The problem with today’s Tamil movie directors is that they want to ape their world cinema counterparts but don’t understand that they are failing miserably. 7aum Arivu is one such attempt where the director seems to be extremely confused on the subject he wanted to portray on screen. 7aum Arivu is a movie about Aravind (Surya) who is an offspring of the Bodhidarman (Surya) lineage. Bodhidarman or Damo (as he is known to the South East Asian world) is a 6th century Pallava Prince, who made it to China, cured some diseases and said to have initiated the Shaolin Temple. Aravind falls in love with Suba (Shruti Hassan – making her Tamil debut), who is hovering behind Aravind to finish her study on “genetic memory” (a study on inheritance of genetic intelligence from the forefathers). Meanwhile, the Chinese Government (a new villain for Indian cinema!!!) sends Dong Lee (Johnny Tri Nguyen), a Shaolin warrior to start something called Operation Red and also kill Suba. They think that Suba would be a hindrance to their operation as she trying to bring Bodhidarman through genetic modification on Aravind. The secret behind Operation Red, Suba – Aravind’s fight against Dong Lee and return of Bodhidarman is shown in a languid and boring 168 minute movie reel

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The movie starts with a newsreel, literally. I think the director was worried that theaters don’t show newsreels these days and so he took the mantle to show one. It even has the voice of the guy who gives the background voice for Nijam program in Sun Tv. The director takes his time to unwind the love story of lead actors with 3 songs and the love is so fragile that you will actually LOL when he comes to know the truth about Suba’s intentions. Surya gets another chance to show off his 6 packs and of course nothing to worry about his acting because there isn’t much scope in the movie. Shruthi on the other hand has the maximum screen space but she is far from convincing as a Genetic Research Scientist. She looks amateurish and I just hope she inherits some “Genetic Memory” from her father. The only character that will stay in your mind is Johnny Tri Nguyen’s Dong Lee. I think it’s the time of villains in Tamil cinema, Johnny looks menacing and suits the role to the “T”. But for better stunts of his, do watch his Vietnamese movies. Better actors like Abinaya (Nadodigal) and Aswin (Ganesh of Mangatha) are wasted in small insignificant roles.

Ravi K.Chandran’s camera work in the initial newsreel is scintillating while Rajeevan’s recreation of Shaolin is interesting but with such technical wizardry AR Murugadass has failed to deliver a world class movie he promised. As I said earlier, he is not clear what exactly he wanted to portray. The movie tries to be a historical fiction and a science fiction with doses of Tamil propaganda in a masala format. You can call it a Tamil movie, I call it a confusion. There are innumerable factual errors like showing Tawang Monastery (I think so, but its not definitely Shaolin Temple) as Shaolin Temple to Shaolin monks using mobile phones, it looks like a joke. The concept of using China as the new villain is interesting but unconvincing and of bad taste. The way Johnny Nguyen kills people using hypnotism is impressive but can the martial arts be taught in few seconds through hypnotism !!! (duh). The sequence where a young girl and a sanitary worker doing martial arts fight is extremely funny to see and it’s one of the worst CGI sequences you can see. Sometimes you may end up feeling that you are watching a zombie movie.

The references to Eelam and Tamil cause is horribly out of place and seems to be a marketing ploy rather than portraying the real cause. The screenplay lacks the punch and deftness that marks AR Murugadass movies of the past. May be he also needs some “Genetic Memory” treatment to bring back his old DNA.

7aum Arivu had the right premise of becoming a historical fiction or a science fiction but it ends up as a run of the mill masala flick with unimpressive acting,terrible music score ( please don’t ask me to review Harris Jayaraj’s music) and inferior direction.

I give a 1/5 for the premise and providing a good newsreel about Bodhidharman.

 

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21 Comments

  1. What a crappy review. Was quite an engaging move. I liked it. Certainly not 1 star? Whats wrong with you tamil people anyways ?

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    1. Thanks for the comment Kaapicat. I don’t understand the Tamil people part…

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  2. great review again syl… i watched this movie yday at 2.30 (at a preview show) and have been telling ppl who are struggling to get tickets to give this one a pass. its not great in any sense. i felt like surya & johnny were the only two actors in the movie and somehow johnny took more out of this than surya.. got more to say but dont want to give away more 🙂

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    1. Thanks Brat. I think you would have watched Johnny in other interesting villainy roles. I felt the final stunt could have been better with his martial arts caliber.

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      1. yes the final fight was crappy indeed… there could fight sequences given that johnny is such a good entertainer. but instead, he keeps fighting with his super weapon (his eyes lol).. and as you said, no scope for surya so he looks bad in the end, lot of scope for shruthi but does nothing with it, lot more scope could be given for johnny but isn’t! in all, everyone is inadequate! 🙂

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  3. Surya fans like the movie… 🙂

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    1. Probably they will also not like it because it doesn’t give any scope for Surya to act

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  4. vanthutaruya naatama panchayathu panna…..negative comments ezhuthi unga site ku popularity sekkuringla sir….sooper…..u r a good marketer as u stated in know me……

    atleast bodhidharman tamilan, martial arts a chineseku solli kodutha oru tamizhanu namala therinchika vacha alavukavathu 7am arivu nala padam than……..

    neenga pesama english, korea, iran padathuku la review ezhuthunga unga rangeku apa than 3/5 4/5 nu rating kodukka mudiyum/……

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    1. Thanks for taking time to comment on the blog. Naan tamil padathukum 4 /4.5 kuduthurukken boss aana mukkalvasi per andha padatha thriuttu dvdla kuda parka mattengaranga. Nalla padama irundha nichayama support pannuven aana oru chinna concept sonnadhukaga indha padam nalla padamnu solla mudiyathu – sorry

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  5. syl,
    watched this movie ytday in AGS. I strongly felt that Director has completely confused and has wasted the talent of Surya. This is the right time for Sruthi Hassan to take tuition from her Dad to learn acting..

    The villain part is excellent and the strerotype villain like Prakash Raj should watch this movie for their betterment. What happened to Harris? Sorry Harris it was Horrible … I think he has lost his control.

    I like Bala for his fresh ideas but in this venture he has failed.

    I left the theatre with a strong dis-appointment.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Siva. Nice to see you have felt the same

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  6. Ramya Sadasivam October 27 at 10:52 am

    I expected it would fall short of expectations for the hype that was given. Well it did. Yet to watch the movie. If at all I am to watch it, I am sure I wil be negative about it even before knowing the story 🙁

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  7. Thanks macha. You made me save my precious 120 bucks.

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  8. To be frank, My expectations went down after watching the trailer some time back and decided not to watch on first day and wait for the reviews. I came thru ur blog from Wiki which i hope they removed recently. And i would say this is the only honest one of all.

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  9. Aadhavan – 2/5.
    7aam arivu – 1/5 ?
    Tell me you are kidding .

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    1. ha ha….!!! of course he is…there is no other way!

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  10. dude r yu kiddin me??? the film was fantastic.. if nly yu had known abt bodhidharmar b4..

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  11. something fails in screenplay but still worthwatch. The way of story telling could be better. Predictable sequences and the lengthy reels gave boreness. We can be PROUD TO BE A TAMILIAN not for this movie but for the BODHIDHARMAN

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  12. I think it is always better not to read the reviews and watch any movie because everyone differ in their views. Yesterday i saw the movie and I didn’t find anything wrong in the movie. Didn’t get bore at all. It is the decent movie to watch.

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  13. DHAKCHANAMOORTHY November 2 at 8:17 pm

    7aam arivu is the very wonderful movie in diwali surya six bage is the super.

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