In a line: 1/1000. A testosterone spring - to be screened only in a planet where there is no women, children and humanity.
I am having a bad headache right now, so pardon my memory and my grammar. This is the worst headache I've had since my first semester chemistry labs. Most of you would have guessed by now the reason for my migraine. I just came home after watching "Aayirathil Oruvan" .a.k.a. ATO -All Time Opaari(death wails).
ATO is filled with many WTFs - historical, logical, technical... The fact that it belongs to a risky adventure fantasy genre, itself should be sufficient to seal its fate. Many a bollywood and hollywood movies have failed to shine in this road not taken. But Kollywood and Selvaraghavan can take heart that they have fared slightly better in a field that is usually a graveyard for many. The kudos stop at that.
The audience are treated to a voluptuous, aphrodisiacal flesh show of two buxom ladies (for the lack of a kinkier word) - Reema Sen and Andrea. Girls in this movie just love to strip. If they want to fight each other, they strip and cuss. Attacked by cannibals? No problem. Strip first, shoot next. Discovered ancient ruins? Strip and dance. Hell!! They even strip to prove that they are indeed the chosen ones who have reincarnated to resuscitate the Chola dyansty. Add to that lots of racy, multi-meaning words, and not a single Y-chromosome is complaining ;-)
Selva's daredevilry does not substitute for taut screenplay and common sensical directing. The movie is worse than the stickiest Javumithai you had as a child. It drags, droops and plods itself through excruciating boredom and you're left screaming for the break. There is absolutely no logic and it's high time Selva joined the PreKG class of some reputed DAV school of screenwriting. Till then screw your writing !!
There is no need for so much blood and gore. If you think you can be different from the herd by showing spurting blood and abused women for extended lengths of time, then it is time to fix an appointment with your psychiatrist as soon as possible. There is enough blood in the movie to irrigate the entire Cauvery delta. There is even an explicit scene where a girl offers blood from her bosom as sacrifice. How the heck did that escape the censors? Why am I not surprised? The reviewers would have walked with a headache, half hour into the movie. The violence outlives its warrant.
What good is a chosen one when he does not save his people and runs away? Well that was how the movie started, a young prince escaping a slaughter, to keep the lineage alive. So after two and a half hours of torture, we are back to square one with the caption "to be continued.." You kidding me? This isn't some Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Lucky, the producer has burnt all his fingers and wallets. He would soon add a "never" before the caption.
The tacky CGIs more than make up for the lack of a designated comedian in the script- this reflects the sorry state of the Indian CGI industry and Selva Raghavan can't be blamed for it. The special effects are crude and down right ridiculous. Did I mention hilarious? Ok, I did.
Finally, the biggest disappointment -GV Prakash. The background music is dull and fails to lift our sagging spirits. Sloppy songs (except "Unn mela aasathaan") add to the melancholy. This kid is never going to come near the toe nails of his Uncle.
This movie also has many historical inaccuracies like the leather maps of the Cholas (remember cows are holy and so no leather), trebuchets (an medieval European siege weapon) and acupuncture, but I am willing to ignore these flaws.
A period movie is every movie buff's dream. Not to mention history and war - the very mention just gets your adrenalin racing, at least for me it does. Selva Raghavan has peed all over the countless masterpieces (Saving Private Ryan, Patriot, Brave Heart, Apocalypto) in this unique genre by directing this series of scary pictures at 24 fps which he calls a movie on the lines of Avatar and Mummy Returns. This movie screams to be shown the middle finger.
I have reproduced a split-up of the movie's budget.
Update: NDTV pans the movie in its review..Click here to watch