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So we have one of the most expected movies which were in the making for nearly 2 years has finally arrived. This time Selvaraghavan has chosen fantasy genre with a traveling adventure. Not just Selva, we have Karthi, Andrea and Reema adding to our expectations.
It's an adventure fantasy to discover the Chola dynasty. Isn't it quite a simple plot? But Selva doesn't leave it there; he has utilized the genre very well to give a good gripping adventure throughout the first half. The basic adventure which always starts with a big gang and gradually gets reduce because of various obstacles on their journey is well scripted. Of course, any adventure movie will certainly get a share from the ace Indiana Jones and traces of National Treasure when the script deals with history treasure hunt. Aayirathil Oruvan is no exception. But the CG isn't satisfactory for this adventure fantasy. Did Selva by any chance thought whether he could at least get to this extent? The adventure goes through forest, sea, dessert, etc., and most of them where computer generated and it's quite evident from the poor graphics or at least not a satisfactory visuals. And when they finally discovers the dynasty where Chola live(d), we have a big surprise and then the story shifts from fantasy to a period movie. Selva, unveils too many things in the Chola episode that it makes the audience to squeeze their brains to know what is what and who is who? Of course, there are a few loop holes or rather illogical or how is it possible scenes in the movie, but let's not dig them hard in a fantasy movie as everything is left to our imagination. There are quite interesting scenes in the movie like the movie starts and ends with the same situation, where there will be a scene of elope of Cholo dynasty with different time intervals but with same intention by the same enemies. It was just beautifully designed by the director. It was a destiny for Karthi to be the 'Thoodhuvan'. Moving towards the Climax, there will be literally no dialogue and it's the scenes that speak for themselves.
Talking about the performance, to be really honest, there isn't any big scope to unveil performance in the movie. But it doesn't mean that they have done a poor show either. They gave what the character needed. But it was certainly a big disappointment from Parthiban, as it was almost kept clueless about his get up in the movie and with minimum dialogue to the character, we couldn't see our usual non stop talking Parthiban. Reema Sen had a much more important role than Karthi and Andrea in the movie. She has done it neatly, though she still needs to improve on the accent and lip sync, but she had tried really hard to give that. Karthi had shades of Paruthiveeran with almost the same get up with the beard striking more Paruthiveeran. Andrea didn't have any big job for her role.
Fantasy? What about the visuals? Ramji has handled the camera and he has done a very good job shooting in the dessert and a few dark shots with gloomy environment. Oh Eesa song, though it was not needed at that situation, it was shot well with vampire effect. Also the red indians shot sequences were also shot brilliantly with proper color correction. Being a travel adventure, the day night, gloomy evening color corrections have been carefully done and had made the end product good. But as I said earlier, the CG was not up to the standards. But considering the budget of the movie, I would probably say they have done a fair job with the budget given to them.
It was a sheer disappointment from GVP when it comes to BGM. It was good in parts, only in certain scenes, but in most of the scenes, BGM sucked big time with poor instrumental. Being a fantasy film, it could have given some fantasy BGM for gripping adventure but it wasn't convincing for the audience to hear our typical stand alone BGM. I remember 3-4 songs being used from the album. Everyone disappointed with the exclusion of Maalai Neram song. Out of the 3-4 songs used, they aren't needed for the story. Though they were good, they stand as odd man out while watching the movie.
Kola Bhasker has done a smooth editing, but even when he does his job to the perfection, we have our master editor Censor board has edited a lot of scenes because of which we had several jumps in the movie.
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