Much was written about 7 Aum Arivu in its run-up to its release. The D-day is over. The movie is out. Does the film live up to all its hype? 7 Aum Arivu by A R Murugadoss does manage to sustain all our interest but predictable sequences seems to mar the show at places.
At a time when commercial entertainers and mass themes are order of the day, Murugadoss has gathered the guts to do a sci-fi thriller with Suriya in the lead. Interestingly the Ghajini team which includes cinematographer Ravi K Chandran and music director Harris Jeyaraj are back for the project.
The movie starts in fifth century AD with Bodhi Dharman (Suriya), a Pallava prince from Kanchipuram embarking on a trip to China. His noble deeds, healing powers and expertise in martial arts win the admiration of chines. He discovers Shaolin, a form of martial art which becomes popular in China. He is worshipped as Tao by all in China.
The story now comes to present. Aravindh (Suriya), a circus artiste 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 martial 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.
It's Suriya's show all the way. he is impressive and energetic. As Bodhi Dharman, he is right there giving right expression.
His hard work seems to have fetched him fruits. Sruthi makes a good debut. Unlike contemporary heroines, she has a meaty role to do in the film. She utilise the opportunity to give her best. Johnny Tri Ngyuen, the Vietnamese star does the entrusted to him well. As villain, she has done his part exceedingly well.
A R Murugadoss has done his part well. With glitz, grandeur, 7 Aum Arivu ends up as an intellectual film which also entertaining.