Hi movie lovers. Deepavali has passed and so does the biggies released this festive season - 7aum Arivu, Velayudham and Ra.One. As I've seen the reviews written by movie critics and the comments by movie lovers regarding A.R Murugadoss' masterpiece, I was wondering what was actually made wrong by the director in the movie. I watched the movie the next day of Deepavali and realized that 7aum Arivu is one of the gems produced in Tamil movie industry.
Why do I say so?
Everyone should understand that Tamil movie industry is growing. There are lots to improve, and everyone in the industry is working hard in order to do so. And so does our beloved director A.R Murugadoss. Some said that the movie had a weak screenplay, portraying an usual love story between a guy and a girl, as being told in many Tamil movies. Some proclaimed that Surya didn't fit the role of Bodhidharma and Shruthi's Tamil language pronunciation was very bad and yet she acted as a Tamil patriot, while some said that the movie was not logic and didn't make any sense at all. I was VERY surprised by some viewers who even commented that this movie is a total waste to watch while Velayudham and Ra.One was way much better.
Its very pathetic to see how some movie viewers can murder a high quality movies in split seconds by their unreasonable comments. 7aum Arivu is a high quality movie. It’s a sci-fi thriller, which had a good blend mix of history, science, medicine, emotions, entertainment and message. Before any one watches this movie, let me ask, how many of us do know Bodhi Dharma? Of course, some would have known it earlier. But, majority of us got a very good introduction of the famous historical figure whom was forgotten by his own race - Tamilians, only thru 7aum Arivu. Hats off to Mr. A.R Murugadoss and his team for making a very strong subject as the base of this wonderful movie. After 20 minutes travelling in history, we were brought to the present day, in which a martial arts specialist is sent to India to complete a bio war towards India by China. And how the character Arvind is linked to Subha (Shruthi) that brought them together to stop the bio war by bringing back a man in the form of Bodhidharma formed the crux of the story. So, let me ask. Which part of the movie had a weak screenplay? It’s a story, and we are viewing it. The movie showed a soft and slow love story between a common man and a girl. Movie viewers should accept the storyline as it is, and if there is any flaws in the story that is shown, then one should criticize it. If one can watch a slow and sweet love story like Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya for two and a half hours, he or she should be able to accept the matured screenplay in 7aum Arivu. And of course, one might ask why does a wonderful movie like 7aum Arivu should have songs. One must understand that 7aum Arivu is a movie which explains about science. This movie had the best simplified explanations of each scientific terms such as hypnotism, DNA etc etc. As any movie makers, A.R Murugadoss surely wants his movie to run big in theatres as well. That’s why songs and good blend of entertainment was inserted into this movie to entertain B and C class audiences.
Next, let me ask, why some said Surya did not fit the role of Bodhidharma? Now, after watching this movie, try mentioning the name of Bodhidharman and Surya's image will appear automatically in your mind. Why is that so? Its not just because Surya is a famous actor, it is also because he had brought the character of Bodhidharman alive through his hard work, effort and look in this movie. It is true that many talented actors such as Vikram, Kamal Hassan can bring out the character as well and Surya is one of the talented actors who can do that too. We should really appreciate the hard work done by him. And, why does one says that Shruthi did not spoke proper Tamil in this movie? One should really watch and listen to her pronunciation. It was apt. And of course, she might have a bit of English accent in her speaking, that’s because she is a genetic engineering student in this movie, not a Tamil literature student, and we are very sure that the syllabus for engineering students is in English. Even we nowadays have the influence of English in our speaking, but one can't say that we don't love Tamil and not Tamil patriots. Its just a humble request, those who look down upon Tamil language should start speaking in Tamil instead of criticizing Shruthi's Tamil.
The next question that I would like to raise is why did some said that the movie is not logic? Why did some said that the movie doesn't make any sense at all? Its purely logic if you ask me. Why does one believes that when a spider bites a man, and the spider's genes could combine with man's and form him as Spiderman, but couldn't accept that a man who has 80% of DNA match with his ancestor could transform into his ancestor by DNA transfusion? I think the disease of looking at Hollywood movies in awe still exists among us which sometimes fails us to appreciate the hard work by Kollywood. Velayudham might be entertaining, and Ra.One could be magnificent in graphics, but why does one compare movies of different genres and makes a good movie to flop? If we were to compare these movies, I would say that Ra.One and Velayudham are not comparable to 7aum Arivu, because 7aum Arivu is a milestone in Tamil movie industry. Velayudham is an entertaining movie, but Kollywood would not grow if this same style of movies are being made. Audiences want something new. Ra.One is milestone in the history of graphics and visual effects in India, but as a common mistake, importance has been given only to graphics and promotions whereas the story lacked depth and had many loopholes.
In conclusion, we should appreciate and welcome good movies such as 7aum Arivu for its magnum opus effort and brilliance. There are 2 minor flaws, one is the illogical accident and fights scene during Dong Lee chasing Surya and Shruthi, and another one is weak BGM at places, but these minor ones did not fail the movie which nailed a very strong message in our hearts and mind. Just a humble request. Please do not spread false rumors about this movie. (in Facebook, it came out that 7th Sense (telugu version) showed that Bodhidharman is from a different place, not Kanchivaram, and the Hindi version said that Bodhidharman is from Dhravti. Later, Surya expressed it in his press meet saying that it was a false rumor and the Hindi version of the movie is not even released at all. This shows that how some purposely spoilt the name of the movie) Please support good movies and continue supporting Kollywood. Thanks. Have a nice day ahead.