Vaarnam Aayiram – Movie Review

“Daddy Daddy Daddy”. Too much of anything is bad and too much usage of daddy just makes one sick at the end of the movie. Instead of driving the point of love for dad, director drives viewers mad. This is a weak attempt to what was done really well in the movie Thavamai Thavamirundu.
The director seems clearly confused on what he wanted to do. He wants to depict love for dad, love for wife girlfriend, love for country. All in 3.5hrs a saga which is incomplete.
The news of death of his father starts the flashback and flashback almost forgetting that Surya is on a rescue mission. In the 3hr10min journey to rescue a journalist kidnapped by terrorist, the director completes the narration of Surya’s fathers romance with his mother (Simran). His failed romance with heroine (Sameera Reddy, man she is damn hot). The transition of failed romance to becoming a drug addict to travelling to Himalayas in search of self discovery. And the later self efforts put in rescuing the son of Memon family. And thus the motivation to join Indian Army. (Never knew joining army was so easy and a decision which could just be announced over dinner table, you got guts man) You thought the movie is complete romance movie. But director takes you all by surprise. He has Surya in main role and Surya has developed 6-pack abs just for this movie so how is it possible. So you are shaken into world of action suddenly. But this action sequence is what transforms Surya into a person ready go on a rescue mission. All in all the director leaves just 5mins for the rescue mission. Isnt rescuing a kidnapped person so easy, just get down there at the spot, spray some bullets, sacrifice some fellow comrades, kill all milltants when your other comrades are just watching you do all the shooting & killing.
Only you (hero, sir) can shoot & kill correctly since you are a Major and main hero of the movie. If there was a close associate he would have been killed, luckily audience was spared of that remaining emotional angle.
Not only the character of Surya undergoes transition, even the movie undergos transition. From Thavamai Thavamirundu, the movie changes over to Autograph. Director Cheran should be proud of influence his work has but not in the way this weak attempt was made.

The 80’ish style romance between Surya & Simran stands out. Sameera Reddy stands out among all others by her hotness. The director has taken good care of the detail. Displaying only Ambassdor & Bullets and photo’s of those days Madras in background.
The songs are good to hear, but too many cramped into the first 1.5hrs left me thinking whether am I in 1940’s when there used to be only songs in movies. Some songs are easily forgettable. The picturisation is not all that great.
There is background score at one point using flute and drums, that stands out.

Could have been better made. Watchable once.