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                                                             7 aam Arivu

Movie
7 aum Arivu
Director
AR Murugadoss
Producer
Udhayanidhi Stalin
Music
Harris Jayaraj
Cast
Suriya, Shruti Haasan, Johnny Tri Nguyen


By Moviebuzz

The expectations about 7 aum Arivu were sky-high since it comes from Suriya- AR Murugadoss- Harris stable, who gave us that memorable Ghajini. But sadly they have failed to recreate the old magic, due to a weak plot and a rickety screenplay.

If you are looking for a racy, straight forward action entertainer from the trio, 7 aum Arivu is a let-down as you have to suspend disbelief, logic and common sense. Terms such as DNA transplant, hypnotism, bio-war are bandied about making it confusing.

The film opens in 6th century with a documentary on the great Tamil Pallava prince Bodhidharman who goes to China and becomes a sort of saint and messiah for his teachings and his vast knowledge of martial arts, hypnotism and medicine. But he dies and is cremated there.

Now 1600 years later, Aravind (Suriya) a happy-go-lucky circus artist falls hook-line-sinker for Shuba Srinivasan (Shruti Haasan) a genetic engineering student and scientist who is doing research on Bodhidharman. But soon Aravind realises that he was just a guinea-pig of Shuba who wants to bring back Bodhidharman by inducing his DNA into Aravind.

Now on a parallel line there is Dong Lee ( Johnny Tri Nguyen) who is sent by Chinese government to India to implement 'Operation Red' a mission to bring about a bio-war. His target is to spread a virus in India and eliminate Shuba whose mission is to bring back Bhodhidharman. Will Shuba achieve her goal and how?

A film like this should keep you completely hooked till the end but sadly it does not provide you a single sequence which will make you sit up and take notice. Take scenes like the one in which Shuba submits her thesis to a team of renowned scientists and starts talking about Tamil language when she herself is talking in broken Tamil. The hypnotism angle of Dong Lee becomes tedious after a point. The romantic track between Aravind and Shuba looks so forced, and songs jumps at you out of nowhere.

The first half of the movie except for the Bodhidharman episode moves at snail pace. Too many songs without any storyboard or relevance are thrust in to the narration at regular intervals in the 160 minutes long film. There is no twist in the tale, towards the climax it becomes too preachy and the plot line is as predictable as rains during Diwali in Chennai.

The star of this film - no questions asked - is the abundantly gifted Suriya who invests such sincerity in both the contrast characters of Bodhidharman and Aravind, that you can't take your eyes off him. But a weak script lets him down and why are film-makers exploiting his six-pack in all films?

Shruthi Haasan looks a million bucks and is very impressive in her first appearance in Tamil cinema. We appreciate that she was bold enough to dub in her own voice but why did she sound as if she was struggling to speak Tamil? Johnny Tri Nguyen as the deadly villain is fantastic and sends a chill down your spine. The climax fight between Suriya and Johnny is terrific and is superbly choreographed by Peter Hayne.

The music of Harris Jayaraj is bit of a dampener, other than the slightly hummable Mun Andhi.., the rest of songs are pedestrian and you get the feel, you have heard it somewhere. After all, the effort of Murugadoss to make a special kind of film is laudable but seems to lack the imagination required to pull off what he set out to achieve.

Verdict- Average

http://www.sify.com/movies/tamil/review.php?id=14982089&ctid=5&cid=2429


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Okay first review is out from our most awaited movie...again disappointed review from Sify, same site who said average about Mankatha and we all knew what happend later onCool LOL

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7aum Arivu - Of sense and sensibility

IndiaGlitz  [Tuesday, October 25, 2011]

 No fiction is 100 per cent imagination. Somewhere in its bottom lies a pinch of truth. And if blended with history with the carefulness of a master chef, it could result in a delightful dish, sorry, entertainer. Precisely that is the case of '7aum Arivu', A R Murugadoss' magnum opus starring Suriya, produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin.

The film takes us to the era of our valorous forefathers, explains their greatness, brings us back to the present, entertains us and ends up giving a message. Though a preachy tone at places could have been avoided, there is no denying that '7aum Arivu is one of the biggest entertainers of the year.

The story starts in 6th century AD, when a part of Tamil Nadu was ruled by Pallava kings. Bodhi Dharman (Suriya), a prince who is an expert at martial arts, medicine and 'nokku varmam' (or hypnotism) was sent to China with a purpose. There he imparts his skills to the Chinese, who learn them with all interest, and present death to him in return. But they start to worship him after that.

Cut to the present, China sends Dongli (Johnny Tri Nguyen), a modern day master of all skills taught by Bodhi Dharman, to India, as it comes to know that genetic engineering student Subha Srinivasan (Sruthi Haasan) has found circus artiste Aravind's (Suriya) DNA matches with that of Bodhi Dharman. As the neighbouring country plans a bio war against India, it feels that Bodhi Dharman, who could prevent its attempts, should not be given life again.

Suriya is superb as Bodhi Dharman, a great saint and Aravind, a circus artiste. The homework he has done for both his roles is visible on screen, especially in the first fight sequence with the Chinese and in the opening song (The actor performs some breathtaking circus stunts during 'Oh Ringa Ringa...').

Sruthi Haasan is not the usual heroine. The elder daughter of Kamal Haasan has a meaty role to play and she proves where she hails from. She pronounces Tamil like English and we have no complaints as long as she gets such urban-suave characters.

Johnny Tri Nguyen is menacing. His eyes do all the talking for him. There are others too in the cast (like Ilavarasu), but we are unable to remember them, thanks to one big factor, or actor, and it is Suriya. Harris Jayaraj's background score is good, but his songs remind the ones we had heard from him already.

Ravi K Chandran's cinematography is a pillar of support for A R Murugadoss. His stunning visuals in the first 20 minutes leave us in awe. Looks like there was much work for Antony's scissors, as there seem to be some cuts to the original footage considering the length, especially in the climax.

There are two things on the flipside for '7aum Arivu'- one is the glaring preachy tone which very often tells the greatness of ancient Tamils and how the race is suffering now, through lengthy dialogues. And the second is the visual effects. The main road fight scene before the climax, where vehicles collide with each other, is just a sample to prove our claim.

All said, Murugadoss has made a bold attempt and has succeeded in it with the help of Suriya and Udhayanidhi Stalin. The director should be lauded for conveying a bitter truth- that we are not aware of the greatness of our ancestors- in a sugar coating. This 'Ghajini' seems to be a winner in all his invasions.


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7aum Arivu - Of sense and sensibility






No fiction is 100 per cent imagination. Somewhere in its bottom lies a pinch of truth. And if blended with history with the carefulness of a master chef, it could result in a delightful dish, sorry, entertainer. Precisely that is the case of '7aum Arivu', A R Murugadoss' magnum opus starring Suriya, produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin.

The film takes us to the era of our valorous forefathers, explains their greatness, brings us back to the present, entertains us and ends up giving a message. Though a preachy tone at places could have been avoided, there is no denying that '7aum Arivu is one of the biggest entertainers of the year.


The story starts in 6th century AD, when a part of Tamil Nadu was ruled by Pallava kings. Bodhi Dharman (Suriya), a prince who is an expert at martial arts, medicine and 'nokku varmam' (or hypnotism) was sent to China with a purpose. There he imparts his skills to the Chinese, who learn them with all interest, and present death to him in return. But they start to worship him after that.


Cut to the present, China sends Dongli (Johnny Tri Nguyen), a modern day master of all skills taught by Bodhi Dharman, to India, as it comes to know that genetic engineering student Subha Srinivasan (Sruthi Haasan) has found circus artiste Aravind's (Suriya) DNA matches with that of Bodhi Dharman. As the neighbouring country plans a bio war against India, it feels that Bodhi Dharman, who could prevent its attempts, should not be given life again.


Suriya is superb as Bodhi Dharman, a great saint and Aravind, a circus artiste. The homework he has done for both his roles is visible on screen, especially in the first fight sequence with the Chinese and in the opening song (The actor performs some breathtaking circus stunts during 'Oh Ringa Ringa...').


Sruthi Haasan is not the usual heroine. The elder daughter of Kamal Haasan has a meaty role to play and she proves where she hails from. She pronounces Tamil like English and we have no complaints as long as she gets such urban-suave characters.


Johnny Tri Nguyen is menacing. His eyes do all the talking for him. There are others too in the cast (like Ilavarasu), but we are unable to remember them, thanks to one big factor, or actor, and it is Suriya. Harris Jayaraj's background score is good, but his songs remind the ones we had heard from him already.


Ravi K Chandran's cinematography is a pillar of support for A R Murugadoss. His stunning visuals in the first 20 minutes leave us in awe. Looks like there was much work for Antony's scissors, as there seem to be some cuts to the original footage considering the length, especially in the climax.


There are two things on the flipside for '7aum Arivu'- one is the glaring preachy tone which very often tells the greatness of ancient Tamils and how the race is suffering now, through lengthy dialogues. And the second is the visual effects. The main road fight scene before the climax, where vehicles collide with each other, is just a sample to prove our claim.


All said, Murugadoss has made a bold attempt and has succeeded in it with the help of Suriya and Udhayanidhi Stalin. The director should be lauded for conveying a bitter truth- that we are not aware of the greatness of our ancestors- in a sugar coating. This 'Ghajini' seems to be a winner in all his invasions.



Source: Indiaglitz


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Review: 7am Arivu is worth a watch

Pavithra Srinivasan feels 7am Arivu has severals things working for it.


One of the best things about Red Giant Movies' 7am Arivu (Seventh Sense), easily among the most anticipated Tamil films of the year, directed by hit-maker A R Murugadoss [ Images ], is that it's chosen a distinct theme for its basic plot.

Considering the hype that's surrounded the movie, it's almost a given that you're going to end up with mixed feelings about it. It would be impossible to give a linear review for a film that traverses several plot-lines -- so here are the plusses and minuses of this Suriya-Shruthi Haasan starrer. What works for the film, first:

* The first half-hour of the film. It might be slightly in the style of a documentary but the camera-work, the SFX and the maker's obvious love of history transport you back 1600 years into the past, to the reigning Pallava dynasty, and to the surroundings of Kanchi, to a land that is at the height of both martial and medical prowess. It's here that you're introduced to Bhodhi Dharmar (Suriya), a Pallava Prince who leaves his family behind and journeys to China. His travel across the lands, and the way he slowly assimilates the life of an ascetic, casting away his princely robes is a revelation. It takes him three years to reach China -- where a completely different life awaits him.

* The present-day avatar of Suriya as Aravind, a circus artist who travels with the Grand Bombay Circus, and who hails, incidentally, from Kanchipuram himself. He's playful, hopelessly in love, but is more an involuntary pawn in the high-profile international age than a hero. It's supposed to be a Suriya film -- but doesn't really revolve around him, and so, you don't get to see him go all out acting, either. He does flex his muscles a good deal, so much that you wonder if he's turning into the Tamil version of Salman Khan [ Images ].

* Shruti Haasan [ Images ] does a competent job as Subha Srinivasan, and it's a credit to the director that she's portrayed as a geneticist, rather than an empty-headed heroine. If you can ignore her torturous Tamil accent, it does get better -- even if she's reduced to a pretty doll in the song sequences. The girl does have promise. The slight twist in her romance track with Suriya adds some depth.

* The villain, Dong Lee (Johnny Tri Nguyen), a real-life martial arts expert plays an unruffled nemesis -- and it says a great deal for his characterization that the audience starts whistling whenever he appears on-screen. For an antagonist, he gets almost equal screen presence as Suriya himself, and uses it well. He's naturally stylish, and is a treat to watch.

* The production values are, naturally, top-notch. Anthony editing, Ravi K Chandran's cinematography and the SFX work make the past come alive. Murugadoss shines when he gets his characters to talk about the richness of our tradition, the obvious advances Tamils once made in every field, before losing it due to continuous war and other onslaughts. He also gets points for bringing science into the mix, breaking it down into easy components, instead of going the masala-route completely.

Unfortunately, there are a few minuses too, that destroy some of the good work done by the team:

* The screenplay has its share of plot-holes. The "plot" concocted by India's [ Images ] enemies is laughably childish; the dialogues and situations that explain it even sillier. But what beats it all is the way our protagonists choose to deal with what is supposed to be a nation-wide crisis.

* It's understood that some element of fantasy is bound to be part of a story, when it's about a legend such as Bhodhi Dharma, but some more historical authenticity wouldn't have hurt. Also, once the first half-hour is over, the story line grows extremely predictable. Certain moments serve to pull up the sagging screenplay, but these are few and far in between. Moments of realism are pretty rare, and logic has gone for a toss in the second half. The feeling of disappointment is added, as you're led to expect something truly fantastic in the first half.

* Harris Jeyaraj's music usually adds pep to the proceedings; here, they are a severe let-down here, not to mention the fact that they hamper the proceedings and act as a stumbling-block. Removing them would have aided the movie a good deal.

7am Arivu has several things working for it -- its historical background, and a rock-solid villain who uses mind-control, and an intelligent heroine, among other things. You just wish they had utilized all these ingredients better.

Rediff Rating: 3

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Review from Galatta..
 

And here comes the D day finally; the review of Suriya's much awaited 7 Aum Arivu, only on Galatta.com.

After weeks of flashy trailers and posters, expectations have already reached sky high for this sci-fi flick, thanks to the innovative promotional activities by director Murugadoss and Suriya. The film, produced by Udhayanidhi's Red Giant Movies, is made with a whopping Rs 84 crores, the highest budget film in Suriya's career till date. 7 aum Arivu, which has cleared the Censors with a clean U certificate, is releasing with more that 1000 prints across the globe. In Tamil Nadu alone, the film will grace in more than 400 screens. Suriya and Murugadoss have always maintained that 7 Aum Arivu will be a world class Tamil film and it will stand apart; so have they fulfilled our expectations? Read on...

Suriya's Bodhidharma look and history behind this Tamil prince who is being workshiped in many Shaolin temples is already a talk of the town. Moreover 7 Aum Arivu will also mark the Tamil debut of Shruti Haasan, daughter of veteran Kamal Haasan. Apart from all these, the film also brings back the super hit trio, Suriya-Murugadoss-Harris, after the blockbuster Ghajini. Considering all these facts, its no wonder that the film has received tremendous pre booking response; infact almost all the theatres are fully booked for the next five days.

What is it about?

7 Aum Arivu is the story of Bodhidharma (Suriya), a young prince from Kancheepuram who traveled to China and preached martial arts which led to the creation of Shaolinquan.

It's about a young Genetic Engineering research student Subha Srinivasan (Shruti Haasan) who comes with a sensitive research topic which leads to many troubles.

Then there is Aravind (Suriya), a talented circus artist who falls in love with Subha.

And finally we have Dong Lee (Johny Tri Nguyen) a loyal Chinese servant and an expert in martial arts. He is on a secret mission to India.

THE PLOT

The film begins with Bodhidharma's story; being an expert in martial arts and medicine, he travels to China on his mother's order, leaving his wife (Abhinaya) and two children. In China, he saves a whole village from a dreadful disease and in turn the people rechristen him as Damo. Being an expert in Kalari and Nooku Marmam he also fights for the village against the enemies.

Note: Bodhidharma is an important personality in Buddhist history. Even today, his statutes are worshiped in many Shaolin temples across the globe. According to Chinese history, he was the first person to begin the physical training of Shaolin monks that led to the creation of Shaolinquan.

Fast Forward to present era; Aravind, a talent Tamil circus artist is the main lead at 'Great Bombay Circus'. He hails from Kancheepuram and obviously falls in love (at first sight) with a young research student, Subha who is very ambitious on her studies. She has high plans on doing a detailed research on DNA and heredity, a first-of-its-kind in the world.

On the other hand a loyal Chinese army servant Dong Lee, an expert in martial arts and Nooku Marmam, who comes to India on a secretive mission which is called as 'Operation Red'. A series of events reveal that  Dong Lee is on a mission to kill Subha. So why should he kill Subha? How is Bodhidharma connected to all these? What will Aravind do to save Subha? Will Dong Lee succeed in his mission? To know answers to all these questions, rush to the nearest theatre to watch 7 Aum Arivu!

THE PERFORMANCES

Actors

7 Aum Arivu is a dream debut for Shruti Haasan in Tamil; she couldn't have asked for a better launch. But she has inturn surprised us with her wonderful performance. Her character, Subha Srinivasan, is the heart of 7 Aum Arivu and she comes out with flying colors. But her not-so-perfect Tamil diction needs to be improved. As usual Suriya does everything with perfection in this thriller. The first 20 min of the film (where he appears as Bodhidharma) is a must watch and his hard work is visible on each and every scenes.

However the biggest revelation is Vietnamese actor Johny Tri Nguyen who stands out among all; he plays his part with ease. His martial art skills are clearly visible during the fight sequence (especially in the climax). The rest of the star cast (including the Chinese monks, professor and Subha's friends) have done their part well.

The Techniques

What can we expect from a super hit duo like Suriya and Murugadoss? The answer is 7 Aum Arivu. In this film Murugadoss has managed to convey the historical story of Bodhidharma and the contributions of ancient Tamilians, which has been forgot by many. The connect created between history and modern science reminds us of Kamal Haasan's blockbuster film Dasavatharam. The film creates an impact wanting you to know more about Bodhidharma and ancient science.

Murugadoss' racy screenplay is well supported by the camera works of Ravi K. Chandran and Anthony's sleek editing. However the film has three songs in it's first half which could have been reduced. Special mention to art director Rajeevan who has managed to recreate the 5th century with perfection. Harris Jayaraj's songs are already topping the charts and fits the bill perfectly. The film touches several important issues like the power of ancient science, how Bodhidharma is being ignore in his homeland, difficulties in pursuing research in India and the biggest drawback of modern science; bio-weapons.

THE VERDICT

Revisiting and recreating history on screen is one of the greatest challenge in cinema but Murugadoss and his team has managed to do it well. 7 Aum Arivu, as the name mentions, has seven sense! Worth watching on screens, perfect for this festive seasons!

Review by Ambili S.



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So the movie is getting mixed reviews. But I'm gonna watch it definitely. The very fact that it explores the unexplored territory of history and throws light on the richness and greatness of our Tamil culture are enough to fascinate me. I hear that the movie is preachy. So what...let it be... Thousand bows to A.R.Muragadoss for choosing to sensitise the present generation of Tamils on the greatness of a race that excelled in warfare, medicine, art, architecture, trade, administration, judiciary and so on and that which contributed a gem as Bodhidharman to the world.

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