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7am arivu – [2011] – Tamil

October 31, 2011

Note: I went 10 minutes late for the movie, so my comments are for the remaining parts.


Genetic engineering…

DNA memory…

Operation Red…

Well, these are the terms used to elevate the expectations of the viewer whose expectations already high for a movie which is directed by A.R.Murugadoss, who is yet to deliver a flop in the eye of box office and a bad movie in the eye of critics and have Suriya in lead role, who is the only star soaring high with each of his new releases in the last few years.

Beautifully designed title. It only raised my interest in the movie.

5th- 6th Century A.D.

Bodhidharma was a prince in Pallava kingdom, well versed with one of the oldest Indian martial art Kalaripayathu and also in medicine. On his mother’s wishes he travels to China where he cures an incurable disease with his medical skills and also saves the people when attacked by people from other regions with his martial art skills. He also teaches those people the skills he possesses. On their request, he dies in China itself which is against his wishes of travelling back to visit India.

Cut to present.

Subha Srinivasan… A genetic engineering student who believes the skills and talents possessed by a person will be transferred through DNA, generations after generations and when stimulated we can bring those skills to present. She takes Bodhidharma as the person to bring back those skills.

Aravindan… A circus artist who fells in love with Subha.

Dong Lee… A Chinese hitman who trained excellently in Martial arts and hypnotism. He is sent to India to introduce bio-war and also to kill Subha to  prevent her from bringing back the Bodhidharma’s skills.

The film then answers the questions…

  • Did Subha able to bring back Bodhidharma? Or Dong Lee gets ahead of her?
  • Did Bio war is introduced?
  • Did India able to face the Bio-war situation?

With an interesting plot and interesting questions, all we get was, a movie which was less entertaining and less inspiring. The movie was for sure runs well without pushing us to boredom but the end product was just not memorable.

Suriya for once was not at the forefront of things happening in 7-am arivu. His role is more subdued as Aravindan. Its an effective performance from him. But he can reduce his showing of bare body acts. Shruthi Haasan has done her role well but her Tamil makes it look like somebody dubbed for a Hollywood movie. Dong Lee got the most powerful role in movie he did very well striking fears in audiences mind.

Cinematography could have been surely better with none of the scene created a WOW factor in mind. Music from Harris Jayaraj was a complete let down. Only ‘Yamma yamma’ is good due to the voice of SPB. Other song which goes well with movie is ‘Innum enna Thozha’. Background score was nothing short of horrible.

Murugadoss should be lauded for his effort on reminding our glorious past and also pointing out our mistake of forgetting it. But he did missed the mark the below mentioned things:

  • The opening sequences of Bodhidharma are shot well but lacks in depth. It looked like some scenes were inserted just to show his prowess in medicine and martial skills. And then there is no concrete reason why Bodhidharma dies at their request there itself. Is he developed such bond with those people? If so, it is not evident in the movie.
  • Dong Lee kills every person he meets on screen and most of them were policemen. But no action is taken against him by Police and they are not even searching him. Quite laughable.
  • Climax could have been surely better as it is at the most predictable best.
  • There are sequences in the movie which tells about the greatness of Tamil language and Tamil ancestors which are true but when it is explained by the broken Tamil of Shruthi Haasan it didn’t created an impact in me.
  • Director says that we forgotten our Tamil ancestors. But he could have chosen a better person than Bodhidharma who certainly spent his fruitful years in China. In my eye, he was a NRI who got his education here and servicing his skills at foreign land. All the skills were taught to Chinese people. When he questions the people in India about Bodhidharma and they didn’t know about that, is not something to be ashamed of, I felt.

In this internet age, the information provided by the director should be accurate. But the details provided on screen about Bodhidharma was not true except he traveled to China. Others were just the theories made up. With a complete inaccurate depiction, Murugadoss lets himself down along with the movie.

7-am Arivu – It won’t be remade in Hindi.

Trailer (Which promised much):

25 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2011 8:55 am

    Good to see you after a long gap

  2. October 31, 2011 9:44 am

    I heard that the movie is not good… The legend is that, Bodhidharma was buried in China but then his body was not found when they tried digging that grave again. Only one slipper was found there. Someone sees a man walking with one slipper in hand towards India, and reports to the King. People do think that he came back, but there is no evidence to suggest that. There is nothing inspiring about him in his Wikipedia page either. The ‘broken Tamil of Shruti Hassan’ explanation in ur review was funny 🙂

    Destination Infinity

    • November 1, 2011 2:40 am

      Yeah.. I can tell there are many others to chose from but for some not-an-existent reason Murugadoss has chosen Bodhidharama and made a mess of it.

      That legend I don’t think will work in a movie if it was not shown in full length.

  3. October 31, 2011 12:28 pm

    I wanted to see this movie,i like surya and his movies.Will try to watch this movie this sat….

    btw good to see you…..

    • November 1, 2011 2:41 am

      Thanks Akka.. 🙂

      Do tell me whether u liked the movie or not 🙂

  4. October 31, 2011 4:23 pm

    Good to see you here and with a good review…I too was planning to watch this movie, now, have second thoughts. Yes, Shruti’s Tamil is a funny language!

    • November 1, 2011 2:42 am

      Thank you 🙂 🙂

      Its surely watchable and a one time watch 🙂 you can go for sure..

      Yeah.. it will be better if someone dubs for her 🙂

  5. October 31, 2011 6:32 pm

    He he I thought u hd some new arivu at 7am recently 😛 😛

    • November 1, 2011 2:43 am

      LOL 😆

      For once I thought it is Vimmuuu’s comment 😆

  6. October 31, 2011 8:10 pm

    I heard the same about this movie….. was told it lacked ‘something’. But from your review it is evident that it lacked a lot of things!!

    • November 1, 2011 2:43 am

      It entertaining and good one time watch Ash… But nothing beyond that which was promised 😦

  7. October 31, 2011 9:40 pm

    I echo your sentiments bro ! the first 20 mins was awesome, adukku apparam, Bodhi dharman got transformed into a superman and then the movie turned hopeless ! The only saving factor was the chinese villain !!! 😀

    • November 1, 2011 2:45 am

      The 10 minutes I have watched was not convincing bro 😦

      That chinese has done well.. Else surely it would have been really bad.

  8. November 1, 2011 5:19 pm

    Excellent review Kanagu. Especially loved this analysis from you ‘he was a NRI who got his education here and servicing his skills at foreign land’. Very apt. I am yet to see the movie, probably this month!! Why did you say this won’t be remade in Hindi though?

    • November 6, 2011 9:54 pm

      Thanks Pals.. great to see you here 🙂

      Its not good enough to re-made and I am sure Aamir Khan won’t be interested in it 😀 😀

  9. November 2, 2011 4:13 am

    yes yes yes !!

    am waiting for my friends to get free so we can watch it together

    and ya .. Eeram .. loved it .. want to watch it again … there was never a dull moment in the movie

  10. Princess permalink
    November 2, 2011 1:13 pm

    nice review..
    yes the movie went well, but after effect is very minute should say

  11. November 7, 2011 10:44 pm

    Do you know why Indians forgot Bodhidharma?

  12. rana000 permalink
    November 17, 2011 1:11 am

    Released in Telugu too and people said, ” it is unbearable …..”

    Should I watch it?

    I am yet to see a movie of Surya, this was the main reason I thought of watching this.

  13. November 21, 2011 4:38 pm


  14. Bava permalink
    November 28, 2011 4:47 pm

    I know about Indians very well because I am an Indian. just u people try to learn from others which is to encourage the people for their effforts? Particularly for murugadoss efforts. Dont give bad impact for him

  15. Rahul raj.r permalink
    June 26, 2013 10:33 pm

    Is bodhi darma came back as a gene?

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