Aayarathil Oruvan – Rs 32 crore worth of fuss…

Aayarathil Oruvan is easily the worst movie I have ever watched. Way too many loose ends, way too many character inconsistencies, way too many illogical and unexplained sequences and WAY too much fuss.

SPOILER WARNING – Don’t read on if you want to see this movie. But be warned, it’s a rubbish one.

The story is based on a myth that the Chola prince was sent away to safety during the Pandya conquest in the 13th century. A historian representing the Indian Govt (?) goes missing, after single-handedly trying to explore where this secret hideout of the Chola prince was. Why the Indian Govt (and the army? Surely they have something better to be doing?) would be interested in uncovering an 800 year-old myth is not known… My sister remarked “It may be for the gold!” But that does not explain the sheer surprise the characters feel when they find the gold. If you forgive the slight exaggeration on the importance of this “mission”, the story will test your forgiving nature.

You will go through the movie without understanding what is happening. Suddenly, everyone is a pond being eaten by magical jellyfish, and then we go through to the land where sunset and sunrise will project a shadow and sand will somehow magically appear and disappear and then there’s the whole underworld cave issue… It’s not the magic and myth I have a problem with. It’s the confused approach to the whole issue. There’s the archaeologist’s methodical present-day approach and then there’s the mystical mumbo-jumbo that’s not even properly explained. Not one character stops to ask “Wait, how did magical jellyfish just appear?” or “What happened to all that sand?” or “Wait, how exactly did we get through 5 different climatic seasons in one small island that historians had trouble finding?”

The flaws are endless and the story hasn’t even gotten going yet. When the characters end up in the underworld cave where people have been living on for 800 years, generation after generation without any sort of progress at all, the story goes berserk on the ride of crazy, illogical nonsense. Firstly, how exactly do they find their food if they lived in a cave for 800 years? And why did none of these cave-dwellers venture out into the real world. How did no creature (forget people) find this place at all? And why exactly does the King spit on his Kuladaivam’s idol in the beginning? Oh and the one that really tickles you is why no one ever questions any of this in the movie. The coolie and the army men just accept all of these random happenings as normal day-to-day events. “Oh the jellyfish just ate someone. Oh, I see. Normal, much?”

This movie’s critical acclaim has been that it has introduced a new genre in Tamil cinema. Really? Now we have a ‘rubbish, never-ever watch ever’ genre? Nice one, idiot folk.┬áIt’s an appalling excuse for a story that cost a man 32 crores to make! 32 crores!! That’s 6 million dollars! What for?! For hiring actors and stuntmen dumb enough to believe this story? Or for the really bad quality graphics that pop in and out of the movie? What a waste of money, not to mention 183 minutes of the audience’s time. Make good movies, else don’t bother. Wanna spend all that money somehow? Try charity. They say it’s more rewarding.

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3 thoughts on “Aayarathil Oruvan – Rs 32 crore worth of fuss…

  1. I beg to differ with your opinion. Ayirathil Oruvan is a badly edited movie, agreed – however, the underlying storyline is just extraordinary. Ideas in several parts are scintillating (Like the one where they cross the desert when the sun rises to cast the pillars into a shadow of Nataraja), and the usage of Tamil in the second half definitely needs to be applauded. Selva has had a really good story + vision in his mind, but probably his technical crew let him down.

    In my opinion, AO is definitely worth a second time. Believe me, I thought the film was trash when I watched it the first time, and I now think its brilliant, after the second time.

  2. That’s a fair enough opinion. At the end of the day, it’s a question of different perspectives. The ideas are very interesting, while not exactly developed. The underlying idea, as you say, is freaking awesome. It’s fascinating and captures your imagination. However, it’s not thoroughly developed at all. There’s no explanation of the history involved. Knowledge is just assumed in various parts of the story. The parts where Andrea explains the olaichuvidy writings are pretty interesting. However, when we need her the most which is to explain what happens in the second half where the language gets complicated, and the history really gets going, she fails to appear on screen. And surely a scholar like her would know better than to go up to the King randomly and shout “Please Raja! Listen to me!” without any understanding of the culture at the time. Not the first of the character inconsistencies in the story. She randomly bursts out in a cat fight with Reema Sen, after we are continuously told that she is a quiet and composed historian. What’s to explain that?
    While Selvaraghavan may have had a brainwave that set the movie in motion, the incoherence of the whole story and the squib of a twist that catches the audience at the end just prove the fact that not anyone can put a pen to paper and write a good story.
    It’s just a case of opinions though, and you’re entitled to yours. Fair enough.

  3. Seems like they ripped off a lot of concepts from “The Mummy” especially with regards to the sunrise / sunset and the appearance of the shadow, plus archaeologists and others fighting over the lost treaure ..

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