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Ezhaam Arivu

7aam Arivu – A Commendable Effort !


In a few of his other recent movies, Surya’s face was a bit ajar due to his excessive workouts for the six-pack thing. In 7aam Arivu though, he looks good and presentable even with a heavily toned body. The actor has put in a lot of visible hard work for his physique and is all agile in the screen. Though the script doesn’t offer him much to prove in the acting front, we can see his whole heart-ed approach there too. Amongst other reasons, he definitely deserves an appreciation for agreeing to this script. Keep selecting good scripts like these Surya !

A. R. Murugadoss:

First of all, a firm handshake to the director for choosing this risky script after the immaculate success of his last venture in Tamil, Ghajini. Anyone else, had they come to know about the said so Bodhi Dharman history, wouldn’t have dared to make a high budget movie out of it. Murugadoss deserves a huge applause for the novel attempt !

Murugadoss’ actual failure though, lies in the execution. The screenplay becomes so vulnerable at the intermission, that we can presume exactly what is about to happen in the second half of the movie. And the director does not disappoint in that front. What we expect is what happens. During the intermission of the movie, like in 7aam Arivu, even Ghajini had a presumable second half, in that the audience did knew the scheme of things that were about to unfold (just plain vengeance). However, Ghajini’s success laid in the partly-commendable and gripping screenplay it had even in the second half. Unfortunately, 7aam Arivu lacks that.

Johnny Tri Nguyen:

A martial arts expert, – half Vietnamese and half Chinese – Johnny holds things together in the second half. His martial art poses are near to perfection. He has done justice to his role. However, he doesn’t get to showcase much of his martial art talents as he just stands there and hypnotizes almost every other person he meets in the movie. He should have been used more appropriately.


Composed by Harris Jayaraj. A nice melody in ‘Mun Andhi’ and a likeable fast number in ‘Yaelaelamaa’. A contest can be held to give away a prize to someone who identifies the lyrics of ‘Oh Ringa’. One could hear only the background harmonies other than the words ‘oh’ and ‘Ringa’ in this very forgettable number, which is much more horrified by terrible Tamil pronunciation by the playback singers (Roshan, Jerry John, Benny Dayal and Suchithra). Good BGM for the flashback part. One cannot say the same about the BGM when the screenplay turns to the present time. And it is nothing more than torturous noise every time the antagonist of the movie appears in the screen.


I did not want to append the second name ‘Hassan’ while mentioning debutant Shruthi Haasan’s name above. The main reason being that she appears to be an independent personality in-spite of the class of talent possessed by her father and all the expectations that surrounds her name for that reason.

In 7aam Arivu though, her portrayal as Suba Sreenivasan (an earnest Genetic Research Student), is debatable. Visibly, she has given her best. She has to improve her acting skills. Her dialogue delivery lacks spontaneity. And for all the dialogues that she praises about the language, her Tamil pronunciation is hugely naive. However, the actor shows a lots of promise. She can excel if she can close these gaps in her forthcoming ventures.

Action Choreography:

Composed by Peter Hein. Much like his previous ventures (Anniyan, Sivaji, Enthiran, etc.,.), most of the stunts are unbelievable. His action sequences are a failure in 7aam Arivu, and they blatantly defy all laws of physics. We cannot be unappreciative of the hard work put in though. However, I suppose Mr. Peter Hein confuses martial arts with flying in the air and the protagonist taking more than 15 people at a time, that too illogically. Come on guys, there aren’t much audience who still buy these stuff.

The first of the several mistakes made by Indian stunt choreographers, or whoever behind this, is that, they have their film editors depict most of the action sequences in ‘slow motion’. The success of any martial art sequence, or any fight sequence for that matter, lies in the speed in which two (or more) people fight. A slow motion version of that in the screen just kills the thrill !


Appreciable team work to bring the best out of everyone. A laudable attempt in the story front, in that this is not a Hollywood-flick copycat or a usual remake of a Telugu/Hindi/any other Indian language movie. The screenplay is not up to the mark though, which is the foremost reason for the disappointment that strikes us after all the hype this movie had before its release.


7aam Arivu is a must watch for all Tamilians. Apparently, the only reason could be the first 20 minutes of the movie, which is a story about Tamil history, a part so far unknown to most of us. Others – though not completely satisfying – could opt to watch the movie for its originality and the hard work put in by the team.

So, Tamilians – Watch it.

And others – Depends upon your take of the different reviews available for this movie.