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Vaaranam Aayiram – Review

November 17, 2008

      Before seeing this film I thought that this film is going to be a milestone in Tamil cinema and will set standards for the films to come. Is it lived up to the expectations? Let’s see. This film depicts a journey of a man from his birth to 40 years, his relationship with his father and how his father inspires him in the happenings in his life.


         Major Surya (Surya) was on a rescue mission in Kashmir during which he came to hear that his father Krishnan (Surya) was passed away. His memories on his father comprise the whole film. His father’s love with his mother Malini (Simran), his love with Meghna (Sameera), his addiction to drugs after the death of Meghna, joining the army, his love with Priya (Divya) and throat cancer of his father which leads to death. 

Acting front:

           Each and every frame of this movie has Surya and he rocks. Even if it was a 17 – year old or a youngster of late 60’s and 90’s or as a father, he gets into the character and brings into life. When he comes as a 17 – year old, it’s believable. Lots of work has been taken by him to portray his characters from the age of 17 to 60. His dance movements are awesome especially in the song ‘Yethi Yethi’. For the old man character make-up could have been better. Three heroines are there. Of which Simran has the maximum screen presence. But it’s really hard to see her as woman of age 50 or 60. As a young Malini she is beautiful. Sameera Reddy looks beautiful and emotes well. Divya too does well but reminds the characters of Jyothika in the previous films of Gautham (Kakha Kakha, Vettaiyadu Vilayadu). There are others too like Prithviraj as kidnapper, Menon and many others. Everyone does their part well. No flaws.


          Cameraman Ratnavel has done a wonderful job in catching the scenes with apt lighting in the locations of Chennai or Kashmir or Delhi or America. Editor Antony does a magnificent job in keeping up the pace of the movie but he faltered in one part of the song ‘Nenjukkul Peithidum’ where the dance movements looks like for the faster beat of the same song. Choreographers had worked hard to bring the magic of the songs on the screen. And it paid off in the songs Yethi Yethi and Adiye Kolluthey.


         When can we find this kind of songs in a movie again? Even Harris Jayaraj will also have these thoughts. Each and every song is a gem. Be it a rocking numbers (Adiye Kolluthey, Yethi Yethi), Melodies (Mundhinam and Nenjikkul Peidhidum) or the Kuthu (Ava enna) or the classical (Annul maele) each are best in their genre. Every song has great lyrics penned down by Thamarai and Na. MuthuKumar (Yethi Yethi). My favorites are Nenjikkul Peidhidum, Annul Maele and Mundhinam. There is no special about the background music but it blends with the film nicely.


       With so many good aspects said above, this movie falters. Why? Too much things were happening in the second half, there is no coherency in those events and the love scenes between Surya and Sameera are also enjoyable to some extent only. There are too much of English dialogues, and it looks like watching a semi – English film. It will very hard for the people in rural areas to understand. Gautham can lift the standards of Tamil cinema to Hollywood but surely not in dialogues. And also with Surya was depicted to be born by 70’s we can’t expect that much of conversation in English between a son and father even if it is Chennai. From the moment Surya sees Sameera every event were looks like happening in 2008 except the songs of Maestro Illayaraja being sung by Surya to impress Sameera. How it will be affordable to travel to America in 90’s with that much ease. Gautham got totally wrong with the drug addiction concept by making it cure by itself.

       Gautham has made a great attempt but fails due to the above mentioned mistakes. It’s a second failure from a man who made three consecutive defining films in Tamil Cinema.

 My Punch: 1000 elephants not at their full strength.

PS: Vaaranam Aayiram means 1000 elephants.

Images: Sify.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2008 5:43 pm

    Good review man… tho i’m not a tamilian, i’ll try to se this one…

  2. November 19, 2008 1:50 am


    Thank you.. see this for Surya’s power packed performance and some awesome music

  3. November 19, 2008 7:27 am

    Cool review, Kanagu! I’ll try to see this one if I get a chance. The music simply rocks and the lyrics too! Surya is a great actor, not merely a star. Vikram and Surya are two blokes who are fantastic actors besides being stars.

    NRIs are a target audience and I guess English dialogues are not necessarily a bad thing, even Sivaji had its fair share of English dialogues. As long as the Tamil dialogues and English dialogues are kept separate, it shouldn’t be a problem. The problem arises only if a sentence has half its words in Tamil and the other half in English.

  4. November 19, 2008 9:37 pm

    I didn’t like the previous two movies of Goutam. The first one was good. I hope to see this one in the theatre. It is running house full shows in the weekends in Bangalore!

    Destination Infinity

  5. November 20, 2008 12:51 am

    @ Raj

    Thank you.. 🙂 Surya was improved immensely and he will be able to do any kind role with perfection. It’s amazing.
    As far as English dialogues are concerned they are way too much here. Shivaji had it. Most of them used there are simple or funny. But here if you try to portray emotional dialogues in english, then it will not reach wider section of audiences in tamilnadu.

    @Destination infinity

    See this for the awesome performers Suriya and Harris Jayaraj.

  6. November 20, 2008 8:54 am

    I waiting to hear about this movie from someone..Thanks for the nice review.Gautham as a director sure has 2 sides i guess..hes excellent..superb and can bring out the best in at times..i see his reasonings fade..and a lil bit of repetitions…yeah though im not tamilian..i guess i’d see the movie for surya – he sure is a versatile character – loved him in pitha magan.

  7. November 21, 2008 1:07 am

    Welcome to my blog 🙂
    I always thought Gautham as a good director as far as action is concerned. But his exceution of love scenes always tested my patience.
    I like surya much. He is one of the very few actors who will able to do justice for the role given to them. And he is doing everything with great ease. Be it comedy, dance, action and whatmore going through emotions. He is rocking 🙂

  8. Karthickkrishna permalink
    November 27, 2008 9:44 pm

    good punch boss

    Kanagu: Enadhu valaipoovirku varugai thanthamaiku nandri 🙂 ungalai meendum ingu edhirpaarkiren 🙂

  9. magesh permalink
    February 13, 2009 10:36 pm

    Hi Gauti………….Thanks for such a hit of varanam 1000.And all the songs were equally very good by harris music…..One kind request please
    dont end your relation with harris….. Then please direct a film with “VIJAY”…..

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