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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:
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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
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Rajeev ...
Sameera's Dad
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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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14 November 2008 (India)  »

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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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A Touching and Inspiring Film
6 December 2008 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

From the first scene to the very last bit, everything was well crafted in excellence. The real magic in this movie is definitely Surya's acting. At first I was wondering why is he casted again as a double role acting, he has done that several times like the one in Vel. However, I was amazed at his abilities in creating distinctive traits to each of these character; the father and son. You would find his fatherly acting is similar to the late Raghuvaran, another great actor. Despite being involved in two roles, he managed to create different personalities as he grew up as a child to adulthood. In short, you don't need to create 10 characters (rings the bell) to portray your talents in acting, the important things is to be the role itself and how the audiences are impacted.

The songs are superb. Plainly one of Harris Jeyaraj's classics after Minnale. It is a disappointment that Gautham and Harris have ended their ties, as their duo seem to come up with masterpieces. Not forgetting cinematography, you don't get much of boring static shots; it's either dramatic, or simply keeps you wanting to know more about the next scene.

Though a little draggy ( the flaw ) , overall this a Tamil movie you shouldn't miss. Every single character has brought out their role well, Simran as Surya's mum played her character too neatly and well, leaving you praising her performance at the end of the movie.

After watching this movie, it won't really leave you for a few days most a week. That much impact.

Watch it, you may find the usual Tamil movie clichés, but it will leave you satisfied as you step out the theater or living room.


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