First of all, I would like to congratulate and appreciate the "Aayirathil Oruvan" team for their tremendous effort to made such a film. The film breaks all the Kollywood formulas and tried to show the superiority of the Tamil history. The film Aayirathil Oruvan is an historical as well as archaeological one which tells about the journey to find the hideouts, is fraught with traps, some laid by the fleeing Cholas. The first half of the movie is filled with adventurous fun and it is Karthi, who'd stolen the credit. Even though some of the scenes were inspired by Mckenna's Gold, the director doesn't let the audience to think about it with his pace in the screenplay. After the intermission, the pace turns out the face-to-face encounter with the survived King of the Chola kingdom, played by Parthiban. No body could say that he has acted in the film, instead he has lived as a King on the screen. And the movie moves like an arrow from the bow when Anitha turns out to be a descendant of the Pandya kingdom. Those who read the Tamil veteran writer Kalki's "Ponniyin Selvan", could able to realize about Anitha's characterization in the movie which utmost resembled Nandhini's character in the novel. Anitha comes through a pale second, despite brilliant acting by Reema Sen. And the scenes of rape by soldiers is definitely a clear comment on LTTE vs. SriLankan army and out of place. Karthi and seductress Andrea were lost in the second half, by an excellent performance by Parthiban and Reema Sen. The movie ended up with lot of unanswered questions such as who(m) is the one who deserves the title? But definitely the credit should go to Parthiban or Reema, and the end card with "Cholan Payanam Thodarum", which apparently says about the sequel. Apart from the director two others share the credits they are Cinematographer Raamji who gave a visual treat and composer G.V.Prakash Kumar who gave life to the movie by his marvellous background score.But the director has to answer it. On the whole I can rate the movie as 4 out of 5 and hats-off to Selvaraghavan for letting us to hear good Tamil.
Tailbit for Non-Tamilians: "Aayirathil Oruvan" is the recently released Tamil movie by Selvaraghavan, Casting by Karthi, Reema Sen and Andrea.