Director: A R Murugadoss
Producer: Udhayanidhi Stalin
Starring: Surya, Shruti Haasan, and Johnny Tri Nguyen.
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
The film opens with the introduction of a great Pallava prince Bodhidharman in 6th century who goes to China. He visits a cheniese village and saves them from a dangerous disease. He becomes a sort of saint and teaches them his vast knowledge of martial arts, Drushti Vaseekaran (hypnotism) and medicine. But he dies and is cremated there.
Now 1600 years later, Aravind (Suriya) a happy-go-lucky performer in a circus who falls to a genetic research student Shuba Srinivasan (Shruti Haasan). But soon Aravind realises that he was just a research element of Shuba who wants to bring back Bodhidharman by inducing his DNA into Aravind, who is a descendant of Bodhidharman.
On the other side, Dong Lee ( Johnny Tri Nguyen) is sent by Chinese government to India to implement ‘Operation Red’ which is inteded to wage a bio-war on India. His target is to spread a virus in India and Kill Subha and Aravind. Will Shuba achieve her goal and how? forms the rest of the story.
How they Performed?:
One of the very few positives of the movie is Suriya. He had worked hard for his character as Bodhidharman. His Aravind character is the present day Suriya. But was not used to his full potential by the director. Shruti Hassan is cold faced as a rock. This young lady is no match to her father.
The villain, Dong Lee (Johnny Tri Nguyen), who is a real-life martial arts expert enjoyed extra ordinary characterization for his first movie. He almost got equal screen presence as Suriya and is a perfect fit for the character.
Director Murugudoss chose an excellent story but let down the whole effort with patchy screenplay. The fantastic introduction of Bodhidharman will force the audience to expect a superb first half but all they get is a dragged uninteresting love story. The second half is also not so great with too many scenes involving hypnotism which take the movie away from realism.
Harris Jairaj’s songs were instant chart busters in Tamil (Not so great in dubbed version, Telugu) but is a complete let down in the rerecording department. Cinematography is good. Editing could have been a lot better.
7th Sense is the best example of bad execution of a great thought. It has has several great things in it – Ghajini combo (Suriya-Murugdoss- Haris), Beautiful heroine and sturdy villain but all it lacked is a better utilization. Watch it once for the efforts.
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