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January 31, 2010

ஆயிரத்தில் ஒருவன் (Ayirathil Oruvan)

Movie: Ayirathil Oruvan
Cast: Reema Sen, Karthi, Andrea
Director: Selvaraghavan

Verdict: Good Attempt for a Tamil movie. Can be better.

Plus: Reema Sen, Reema Sen, Reema Sen

The story is kind of like the story line of any of the Indian Jones movies, or Mummy. The first half of the movie is well made. Reema Sen has acted very well! She has the bigger part in this movie than Karthi. She is wonderful in all the fight sequences. I would like to see her play Jhansi Rani. She would be perfect. The second half, I guess Selva didn’t know what to do and so messed things up. I liked that Selva didn’t add any romantic angle to the storyline.

Even though my Tamil is pretty good, still couldn’t understand some of the Chozha Tamil. So some sub-title would have been nice there. There is too much violence but it is more video game like. The poor graphics make it unreal and so it is tolerable. The soldiers violating the Chozha women made me cringe though. If I had known about that, I probably wouldn’t have watched this movie. For one, that was totally irrelevant to the story line. So all in all, the second half could have been so much better. The first half showed so much promise, but Selva couldn’t take it forward.

As for Karthi, he reminded me very much of the Paruthi Veeran. Hope he gets to do different roles in the future. Looks like Selva wants an azhumoonji in his life/movies and Andrea fits the bill perfectly in this movie.

In spite of all that, I did enjoy the movie(first and second half). I hope more Tamil movies are made outside of love/romance, adithadi/violence/dhadhaism.



  1. 2nd half just flew over my head. For me the language wasn’t that much of a problem. It was the narration in the 2nd half. Anyways, here is Bharadwaj Rangan’s take.
    One in a Thousand

    Comment by Praveen — January 31, 2010 @ 5:47 am

  2. I never saw Paruthi Veeran because I heard it was violent. I saw a bit of Subramaniyapuram till the adithadi started…I can never bring myself to see violent/dark/depressing/masala movies.

    I mostly watch Rajini/Kamal/Manirathinam movies…or rent out old MGR/Sivaji/Gemini dvds….or movies they show in Sun TV

    Comment by Me — February 2, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

    • Me.. In that case, stay off it.. It is not a feel-good movie. And it is very violent

      Comment by yaadayaada — February 3, 2010 @ 12:40 am

      • They dont screen Thamizh movies in this country 😦 And I dont want to watch this one on the internet. So there..

        @Me: Are you getting old or have you always been like this. And WTH happened to your blog? 😦

        Comment by revsjoiedevivre — February 3, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

      • Revs, Yeah seeing it on the internet won’t do justice to this movie. Plus the movie is dark in nature as well as literally dark in many parts. So will be difficult to follow in internet or bad prints!

        Comment by yaadayaada — February 4, 2010 @ 12:55 am

  3. Watched it yesterday.

    As you say good attempt.

    DVD version seems like shorter that the one you saw. Cholas are captured, they march across the desert and the king dies. No violent scenes. Or may be it was dark(yiruttu) and I couldn’t make out anything 🙂

    Comment by utbtkids — April 13, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    • Yup, Boo also said the same. The really disturbing war crimes are not there in the DVD.

      Comment by yaadayaada — April 13, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

  4. Original DVD out-a?

    Comment by Praveen — April 13, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

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