Vaaranam Aayiram : Surya – Gowtham Duo Unplugged!!!

This is a movie, which I expected a lot after Kamal Hassan’s Dasavatharam.  After watching the film, I can say that the film almost lived up to the expectation. The Gowtham – Surya duo has shown their one another face in this film. This movie is surely not the action packed one that we have seen from Gowtham, but a classy emotional melodramatic creation from him.

The movie has been crafted as a nostalgic biography of a son about him and his father, when he comes to know that his father is no more. It has brought out the emotions between a father and a son in the screen beautifully. After watching the movie, every father and son will surely think for a second that how nice it would be if we have such a son or father.

As a director, Gowtham Vasudev Menon has chosen an excellent storyline of Father – Son relationship, which is a very rare one in Tamil Cinema. I really enjoyed the kind of narration that Gowtham handled in this movie.  Menon has brought out the chemistry between the characters very lively and beautiful. Gowtham also tried to detail the minute emotions that would happen between the people. I could see two different kinds of narrations: lovely & poetic one in the first half and emotional & motivating kind in the second half.

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Surya rocks… He has played the dual role of Father (Krishnan) and Son (Surya) in this film. I can say that he has lived as whatever character he played in the film. Be it a young Krishnan character… or school student… or chocolate boy romancing sameera… or vexed drug addict…  or military major… or old Krishnan…  he has given a damn for it… When doing the dual role, the point is to prove the difference between those characters… Surya has proved it brilliantly thro his body language, dialogue delivery and expressions…  He has depicted different phases of a man right from the school student to aged man by altering his physique accordingly… No words to spell out about the six packs and physique of surya… Simply superb…

While watching the movie, I really wondered that “Was this the same guy who just managed to act in Nerukku Ner”…  Many times, I have worried that there is no actor to succeed Kamal Hassan, like the later succeeded Sivaji Ganesan… But Surya through his dedication, hard work, acting and versatility making a point to us that he will become the next Kamal Hassan of his generation…

All the three heroines have played their part well. All the songs are really nice to hear, watch and admire… The songs are choreographed and picturised well enough to deliver the mood of it…

I have some favorite best parts in this movie… some of them are the train sequence b/w surya & sameera, scene when Krishnan(father surya) leaves his son in the college hostel, Krishnan speaking during his son’s birth, Sameera love proposal to surya telling the reasons that are just contradictory to the ones when she rehected him, Krishnan & Simran advising the drug addict surya, Divya & Surya sequence in Military Academy  and many more… My favorite characters are the school student and the military major… Wat a difference surya has shown in his physique between these two characters???

You may ask me aren’t there any pitfalls… The only pitfall that I really felt is the sequence involving the child kidnap in the second half which looked as somewhat alienate to the genre of the movie… Even it has been done to show the motive for Surya to join in military, it could have been told in some other way… Until now, I haven’t heard from anyone saying that the movie is not good.For some of my friends, the movie looked a bit lengthy and they felt that the second half is slow… But I feel that it can only by that way, we can bring out the deep emotions needed at that point of story… May be people felt 2nd half slow since the 1st half has lots of love and fun than the former…. And some ppl told me that the father character is very idealistic… But I feel that the movie’s intent is to tell about how an ideal father influences his son’s life… So that father character has to be ideal all the way…

Overall, the movie titled with a beautiful tamil name “Vaaranam Aayiram” which means thousand elephants, is absolutely a visual tribute to the Fathers and sons, well directed & narrated by Gowtham Menon and Surya bringing out the life to it through his brilliant acting.

To say in Gowtham’s style… Vaaranam Aayiram just swept off my feet…!!!

Also, dont forget to check out the link https://balasrini.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/help-this-guy-to-get-a-life

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6 thoughts on “Vaaranam Aayiram : Surya – Gowtham Duo Unplugged!!!

  1. Nicely written… I already saw the movie and thought the movie will be more better if the length of movie is reduced… second half is lengthy because of some scenes I felt is not necessary…

    But overall I went mainly for 3 reasons…
    1. Surya
    2. Gautham
    3. Songs & picturisation…

    I was not disappointed with the movie… the movie is full of surya, I enjoyed the movie…

  2. I went first day first show rajus…
    I really liked the first half …really romantic n cute…
    but d second half…(now a lotta scenes in 2nd half are cut…i dunno know how it is now)…but the version i saw was really really pathetic..

    the one with child kidnap n drug addiction …ewww…basically the film turned an absolute turn after a crying surya meets that advising guy in airport….n i didn’t like that turn…
    Today goin for nite show once again…jus until the end of first half…n then bac 2 home…

  3. @arun…

    Hey Arun… I didnt felt much pathetic about 2nd half da… Only thing that nerded me was the kidnap sequence… Otherwise 2nd half is good… Its a bit slow… but it could be like that only, as it deals with emotions of sorrow ‘n’ loss… If you see it as life journey of ‘krishnan’ n ‘suriya’, rather than a movie, it will surely impress u… May be the second half is for a bit mature audience I believe… I am planning to see it again after Jan 4 as I wud be wearing maalai till that…

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