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A different story. But what spoils the party is events that unfolds. Unfortunately they are little amateurish and predictable. Murugadoss has tried his best to sustain momentum, unfortunately it loses plot as it enters second half. It's well begun, but unfortunately seems to be half-done. 7 Aum Arivu is a sci-fi thriller in which Suriya plays a double role: a circus artist and Buddhist monk. Interestingly, Shruti Haasan will play the role of Subha Srinivasan, a scientist. The story is said to revolve around a time machine brought to India by a scientist (Shruti Haasan). The film is also being dubbed in Hindi and Telugu. Suriya will sport the look of a Buddhist monk for only 20 minutes in the film. He will appear as a Tamil prince from Kancheepuram who travels to China and becomes a well-respected monk there. Director Murugadoss has done a lot of research on the role and sources who have seen the raw version of the film are amazed with Suriya's performance.

Story:

The movie begins in sixth century AD and Bodhi Dharman (Suriya), a Pallava prince goes to China from Kanchipuram. He isconsidered the messiah of masses in China as he helps people in the village to overcome an epidemic. Also he teaches martial arts and is considered the founder of Shaolin. After his demise, he is worshipped as Tao by all in China.


The story is cut to present and enters Aravindh (Suriya), a circus artiste. He works in Greaty Bombay Circus. He falls for Suba Sreenivas (Sruthi), a research student. Aravindh and Suba become thick pals and the former falls for SUba's charm. Meanwhile, he comes to know that Suba has some motive behind her acts.

Also a sequence of events reveal that Chinese government is planning to unleash harm to India by planning Operation red and sens one Dong Lee (Johnny Tri Nguyen), a matrtial arts expert to Chennai. He is instructed to kill Suba for Chinese government fears that her research on Bodhi Dharman would hinder all their plans.

Suba comes to know that Bodhi Dharman was forefather of Aravindh and finds out that both DNA their matches. Now her task is bringing to liofe the heroice of Bodhi Dharman through Aravindh to thwart the plans of Chinese government. How they accomplish the task is what the movie is all about.

Performance:

Everyone knows the effort Suriya puts behind every role of his. When he gets a chance to do such characters like Bodhi Dharman and a circus artiste Aravindh, he amazes. His hard work is visible. Also the way he shaped up his physique to suit the role deserve mention. Watch out for Suriya in a casual performance as Bodhi Dharman. He amazes. Sruthi makes a good debut. She gets a meaty role to perform. She is there dancing, romancing and has enough emotional scenes too.

Johnny Tri Ngyuen is a welcome addition to Tamil cinema. He as baddie oozes bvenom in every move of his. The rest of teh cast does a decent job.

It is a tough storyline and it demands grandeur to reach out to the masses. A R murugadoss has done his part well. he has done immense research and ensured that the message is loudly and clearly conveyed through the film. Ravi K Chandran's cinematography captures Chinese village well. Harris Jeyaraj's tunes are interesting but reminds of Ayan and Aadhavan at places. Rajeevan's art direction is good but Anthony's editing could have been more crisp.

Repeatations

The Music of all songs are a close repeatation of the same music director’s(Harrish Jayaraj) old movies. So the songs doesn’t make any new feelings to the audience

Cast

Suriya, Shruti Haasan Johnny Tri Nguyen

Director

A.R. Murugadoss

Cinematography

Harris Jayaraj

Music Director

Ravi K. Chandran

Editing

Anthony

Art

Rajeevan

Banner

Red Giant Movies

Producer

Udhayanidhi Stalin

Release date

Oct 26, 2011

CBFC

U

Genre

Sci-Fi

Costumes

Shabina Khan

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