Vaaranam Aayiram – Review
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.
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.