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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)
Paul Basile ...
Punk Mugger
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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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Vaaranam Aayiram  »

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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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Referenced in Aadhavan (2009) See more »

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Adiye Kolluthe
Written by: Thamarai
Produced by: Harris Jayaraj
Performed by: Benny Dayal, Krish and Shruti K. Haasan
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Beautifully Filmed, well acted Tamil Cinema
16 November 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have never reviewed a film on IMDb before, but Varnam Ayiurm deserves some special recognition. I was absolutely enthralled from beginning to end. Varanam Ayiurm is loosely based on Tom Hank's Forest Gump, as Surya travels the world and undertakes different adventures to find and secure his love. Of course his path is full of twists and turns that push him to his mental and physical extremes.

This story is beautifully displayed through breathtaking cinematography. Each scene was shot with care and diligence which makes a modest budget film, look like a billion bucks. Glad to see that the money was well used instead of ravishing over gold necklaces and over-the-top song sequences like Sankar's Shivagi and Annyian. Surya's is at the top of his game with another riveting performance. He is definitely one of the best in the business!

The one criticism I do have about this movie;this might sound weird, but I believe the movie was hampered in its feel and realism with the overuse of the English language. The English words drained passion from the dialogue, especially the "I made love to her...Daddy" line. What was supposed to be a very emotional moment almost made me laugh! Other than that, this movie is a 10/10 in my books and a definite must see to all movie goers!


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