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A Thousand Elephants (2008)
"Vaaranam Aayiram" (original title)

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A father-son relationship through growing up, romance, tragedy, and adventure.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Suriya ...
Krishnan / Suriya
Simran ...
Malini Krishnan
Ramya ...
Priya
Sameera Reddy ...
Meghana
Prithviraj ...
Asad
Deepa Narendran ...
Shriya
Karthik ...
Shanker Koladi ...
Shankar Menon
Ganesh ...
Librarian
Sathish ...
Suriya's friend (as Satish)
Veera ...
Gautham Menon ...
Commando Informer (as Gautham Vasudev Menon)
Pawl Bazile ...
Punk Mugger (as Paul Basile)
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Visa Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rajeev ...
Sameera's Dad
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Storyline

Surya (Surya Sivakumar) is away at war as his father, Krisnan (also Surya) dies of lung cancer. As Surya sits on a plane in combat gear heading into battle, he reminisces about his father's influence in his life. The film opens with the father Krishnan's romance with Malini (Simram), which in turn is contrasted with the son's aggressive courting of an engineering student Meghana (Sameera Reddy) from a train ride in Tamil Nadu to her graduate studies in Berkeley. The romance is swiftly followed by an extended period of professional and personal uncertainty, in which the son turns back to father figures to help him get back on his feet and seek out his true calling. Well made, though overlong film, reportedly autobiographical about the director's own relationship with his father. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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INR 140,000,000 (estimated)
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The opening and end credits of the movie is in English only, very rare for a Tamil language film. Most Tamil films have Tamil and English opening, end credits. See more »

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Yethi Yethi
Written by: Na. Muthukumar
Produced by: Harris Jayaraj
Performed by: Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer and Solar Sai
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No Word To Praise
17 November 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Vaaranam Aayiram is an Amazing Movie and I can't even find words to praise the entire crew for such a marvelous performance in every moment of this film..

The way Surya is acting as a 15 year old Student or a Father role or a Military Major or a College Student is amazing and worthy and he proves that he is a good actor in the Tamil Film Industry.

Sameera is simply superb and performed well. The way she is expressing on seeing Surya's expression in that Train Journey is simply superb. Also the way Surya is proposing to Sameera in that Train is great to watch.

Divya is doing her best. She is somewhat looking too romantic over Surya and that expresses her love on him.

Father Surya is superb. He is exactly resembling an Old man's mannerism. Simran is too good for this Mother Character.

Sameera's proposal of her love to Surya is superb. Overall Vaaranam Aayiram is worthy for Tamil Movie Industry.

Hats off to Gowtham Vasudev Menon, the Director of this movie. I know Gowtham. U paid tribute to your late father. Cameraman Rathnavelu did his best in this movie..


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