wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) - For some, the first 20 minutes will be worth the theatre watch.
7 Aum Arivu has an interesting concept, one never attempted before in India. Surya and Shruti Haasan are charming and likeable, and the opening of the film, set in the past, is well produced and shot. However, once the film shifts to the present, the writing is plain abysmal. So, in spite of having a lot of things going for it, the film ultimately settles into be being just below average. Murugadoss deserves points for choosing an interesting premise, but seriously needs to hone his writing skills.Read more
The opening 20 minutes of Ghajini-director A. R. Murugadoss’s latest offering, the Surya-starrer 7 aum Arivu, made me smile like few other films in the recent past have.
Set just centuries after Christ in ancient India and China, the film opens almost like a documentary on the origins of the Shaolin clan. Ravi K. Chandran’s cinematography in these portions can only be described as stunning. Every grain on the surface of the film stock used seemed to have been milked for whatever it was worth, to produce some exquisite shots, used primarily in montage. How much of it was actually post-production would make an interesting topic for a debate though.
With the arresting visuals, impressive production and VFX, and a unique concept with roots in history, the opening reels of the film laid a promising foundation for a smart, action-packed sci-fi thriller. Thereafter, however, the film nosedives into mediocrity like Ra.One’s second week box-office collections.
Still, I couldn’t shake the first twenty minutes of the film from my head even hours after the screening. That the Tamil film industry is technically at par with and organizationally miles ahead of its Hindi counterpart is no secret. But I couldn’t stop wondering that if the diminutive, almost inconsequential looking Murugadoss could have the vision to execute what I saw in the initial reels of 7 Aum Arivu, what stops the Hindi film industry from doing the same?
Once the film shifts to the present, it begins to meander around pointless songs, embarrasses the scientific community with hare-brained theories about genetic engineering and descends into near-right wing Tamil pride preachiness. Along the way, it also finds time to have Chinese people speak English in an accent that would make people believe that the ‘Britishers’ in Sanjay Khan’s Tipu Sultan were actually from Britain.
If there is anything that all that marginally redeems the film in its entirety, it is Surya. He exudes a charm and genuineness that many Indian viewers are not used to seeing. Add to this the fact that he dances like a dream and is supremely confident doing any kind of action. Surya is, quite simply, a star.
Surprisingly, even Shruti Haasan is a revelation in this film. She looks ethereal in Indian clothes, is extremely camera friendly, and seems to have had absolutely no problem dubbing for herself in Tamil. 7 Aum Arivu will go a long way in erasing memories of her in that disaster named Luck. The man playing Dong Lee, the Chinese villain, also does his bit. He is expectedly good in action and looks menacing enough.
Which brings us back to the basic problem plaguing this, and indeed most films today – the writing. Mediocre at best and downright shoddy at its worst, some of the dialogues are just cringe-worthy. I fail to understand why week after week, audiences get to witness films that could have been, but are not.
While Murugadoss needs to be lauded for selecting such a new subject for a film, his treatment of it needs serious criticism. Understandably, he had to make the film palatable to primarily the Tamil audience. How one wishes though, that commercial pressures would not figure so highly on the list of priorities for Indian filmmakers.
All said and done, I walked away from the cinema hall feeling a tad bit impressed. While they don’t venture too deep into cinematic waters, Tamil filmmakers like Murugadoss and Shankar (Endhiran, Sivaji – The Boss) show hints of a vision that Hindi cinema seems to sorely lack. 7 Aum Arivu, though an overall letdown, is not a complete waste of your time primarily because of this vision.
This article is by guest author Pradeep Menon. Pradeep is a filmmaker and a dreamer. He loves books, rain, winters, tea and his parents. Cinema, however, is the only truth he believes in. He breathes and bleeds film, mostly in hues of saffron, white, green and blue. You can watch his short films at www.youtube.com/cyberpradeep.
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Vikky_pedia: 7aum arivu is one of the best Tamil movies I have ever seen... Hats off to @Udhaystalin for such a gr8 attempt... Murugadas proves again..
TIJOGEORGE1: Saw the movie 7 aam arivu, Bodhidharma is great, and also no chance for a hindi version since he is a tamilan
snshifa: 7 aam arivu superb
shehinnoushad: WATCHED THE MOVIE "7-AAM ARIVU" YESTERDAY. GREAT THEME. SURYA ROCKED...BUT SOMETHINGS WERE INCOMPLETE IN THE FILM. DONT KNOW WHY I FEEL SO.
Shanmy: Finally saw 7aum arivu! It was amazing!!
sathish021: 7aum arivu movie is really super thanks to A.R.MURUGATHAS an actor SURIYA
sandeepgowda86: " 7AUM ARIVU AN AWESOME MOVIE WELL NARRATED N D BEGINNING HISTORY OF BODHIDHARMAN S SHOWED WONDERFULLY D MOVIE BASED ON COMPLETE GENETICS.."
Rajmohansedhu: 7aum arivu and velayutham are good films
priyanka914: 7aum arivu and velayutham was amazing!!! 2 blockbuster hits!!
NalaniDevi: love your new movie 7 aam arivu
Muthuraj_NLT: In Vikatan...7Aum Arivu 48 and Velayutham 42. 7Aum Arivu Rocks man...
Munnafaijas: I watch 7aum arivu in monday verry enjoyment film is this
KARTHICK_CB: Sir your 7aum Arivu movie is really awesome @ARMurugadoss
kajanavas214: 7 aam arivu his vry interest movie in tamil movie
chandrukd: I saw vijay's velayutham and surya's 7aum arivu. Double hit on this diwali
brubalaas: Seeing 7aum Arivu. Really brilliant making. Kudos to entire team. Special congrats to Murugadas...
aviatorjk: Saw the Film 7aum Arivu tamil Movie.... I like it !!!
AsH3R_95: 7aum arivu definitely one of the greatest movies of all time @actorsurya @shrutihaasan
asdsahar: 7 Aam Arivu «--- superb!
arunwdr: #7aum arivu - fantastic movie.
arunvigneshcs: Watched 7aum Arivu today... liked everything except music... HJ gets out with a duck while ARM and Surya are saving the match...
anandexpress: Htzoff to director murugadoss for 7aum arivu
snisitha: #7thsense or 7aum arivu is a nice scientifically based #tamil movie about #biowar - many inaccuracies in the movie, but concept is good
silam_siva: 7aum Arivu-Different experience for Tamizh audience but the film is not as different as it can be.A good film,Amazing,laudable effort!!
Sensarch: 7aum arivu not half as bad. liked it. Minus overwrought Tamil jingoism and a'hole Harris jayraj's rape of the ear, it is pretty good
sakyogi: Just watched 7aum Arivu : A case of better than average story spoiled by bad execution.
nishfine: #7aum arivu. Movie - just OK. Story - awesome. Thanks a lot to the team for bringing back the forgotten #tamil history.
echoscore: Watched 7aum arivu. Bodhidharman part was good n well narrated. Felt like mind controlling and shooting each other a bit too much to digest!
_twinsoul: Watched 7aum arivu yesterday and spent half the time sleeping in the theater #fail
varsharamann: Mr. A. R. Murugadoss, you've disappointed me beyond measure. Surya has clearly put in a lot of effort, only to be wasted #7aum Arivu
trueindiangrit: Watched 7aum arivu today. No offense to anybody, i didn't like it. Just bcoz its a Suriya movie not necessary it has to be great.This isn't.
gajee: 7aum arivu sucks. I was expecting much much more.....
fasil_again: Wached 7aum arivu dont upto expectation rat 2.5/5 velayudham is better in comparison #7aum #7amarivu
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