ORUVAN MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
: Karthi, Reema Sen, Andrea, Parthiban.
GV Prakash Kumar
Dream Valley Corporation
Aayirathil Oruvan, Selvaraghavan
has inadvertently opened the
Pandora box of a new genre as
yet unknown to Tamil movies
– Zombies. It is the case
of Pirates of the Carribean
meets Dawn of the Death where
the ancient Cholas, albeit with
whatsoever no connection to
the real Cholas as the disclaimer
maintains, are reduced to dark-as-charcoal
skinned tribesmen living in
an unknown island in Vietnam,
who are ready to gorge at raw
flesh at the mere sight of it
since they are starved.
So the dark-skinned subjects
largely set the tone of the
movie and the darkness remains
dominant throughout. There is
blood and gore, but of a different
kind: not the one that makes
you squirm, but something that
makes you gawk at.
Thousands of years ago, when
the Cholas were ousted from
their homeland by the Pandias,
their throne Prince was sent
into exile to a secret location
by the last Chola King. The
Prince also carried with him
a priceless statue of the Pandias.
No efforts were fruitful at
tracing the location and archeologists
attempting the same simply disappear
without a trace.
Andrea's dad and archeologist Prathap Pothen
vanishes into thin air in his attempt to
unravel the mystery. In comes the archeologist-cum-gun-wielding-designer-sunglasses-sporting
ultra modern chick Reema, employed by the
Indian government to trace Pothen. Andrea,
his daughter, obviously joins in and they
employ Karthi and a gang of burly men as
helps. Karthi looks as if he's stepped out
of his Paruthiveeran sets to join Reema
and Andrea in their quest.
Their expedition unfurls nasty surprises
after surprises - body-painted weirdos with
strange weapons, quicksand, snakes. Lest
we forget, there is also a cat fight between
Reema and Andrea on the topic 'Karthi'.
They finally reach the zombie land where
Parthiban is the ruler whose raw-flesh-eating
subjects take them into custody. Reema reveals
her real self and exposes the self-centric
purpose of her quest.
Karthi has very little to spare for Aayirathil
Oruvan. He plays the rustic help, who instantly
falls for Reema and Andrea, who cracks witty
one-liners much to our delight in the otherwise
serious state of affairs. Being his forte,
it comes much easier for him without even
having to try.
Despite having to mouth profound verses
in ancient Tamil, Reema manages to only
mime them with improper synchronization
and it makes her appear as if she's in a
Chinese movie. Andrea is multi-talented,
but acting, sadly, is not one of those.
But her meager dialogues in Madras Tamil
are bang on otherwise.
G V Prakash's music stands out in the 'Ommele
Aasathaan' song and a word about the background
score: it's a battle between the background
score and the blood thirsty human screeches.
We would've loved to write about Eerum Ali's
costume designing if only Reema and Andrea
were not strutting around in just one pair
of satin-shirt-shorts-overalls and sleeveless
top and baggies respectively. Karthi leaves
no scope for Eerum squarely.
Selva's frenziedly unleashed creativity
makes you hallucinate towards the end of
the movie and delirium sets in soon. It's
not enough that a solid disclaimer is in
place, a little bit of research about the
subject would've helped things in the process.
The underdeveloped script lacks everything
- starting from strong plot twists to captive
locations to graphics to credibility, above
Aayirathil Oruvan also ends on a very scary
end note: about the journey of the Chola
prince continuing as Karthi takes up the
Wildly crass: attempt only if you are a