Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ayirathil Oruvan

Ayirathil Oruvan

I've always been fascinated with the Chola and Pandian dynasty who have always been at loggerheads with each other. If you have read the classic tamil literature Sivagamiyin Sabatham you will know that its based on these 2 dynasties. OPS Mixed up the dynasties - see Krupa's comments for info

The cholas left us stunning architecture - the more famous Thanjai Periya kovil and on this trip I managed two visit another 2 which to mee were more grand then Thanjore itself yet least visited.

Yesterday I watched Ayirathil Oruvan and was blown away. Finally someone took a movie about our amazing legends and history. Brilliant setting and execution. My only gripe were the unnecessary songs in between the important parts like that ghost song and the one in the desert. I loved the background music and (spoiler alert) the amazing nadaraja based on bits of pieces of history (the stone formation better known as stonehedge is actually from europe), the war scene with the tribes, the usage of ancient tamil (transalation would help even ppl like my mom who sing thevaram couldn't understand - i was the only one laughing at the jokes ;p).

Without those 2 songs it would have been brilliant with minor logigal idiocracies. Like if they could fly over the island why were they using boats n land to get there? I wish he would omit those 2 songs and submit the movie to international awards.

I hope more such movies will be done. If the chinese can't create such epics based on their legends why can't we when we have such colourful stories. Kudos to Selvaraghavan for doing and amazing work. Brilliant acting by all too.

ps : apparently lots of ppl don't get the movie so - if u need a synopsis let me know

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2 comments:

Krupa said...

The novel based on Chola and pandian dynasty is Ponniyinselvan. Sivagaamiyin Sabadham has more to do with Pallavas and Pulikesi. Of course not the 23rd pulikesi.

aanaa music orey copy, illa? both songs and BGM. Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysian (Tamil) musicians are good.

Visithra said...

my bad - must have mixed up the pulikesis with the pallavas - will change it soon

most movie songs r copies nowadays fresh sounds r nearly impossible to hear - msian musicians - the crop the world hears are great -the rest not really