Silly First Half, Great Second Half: Aayirathil Oruvan (2010)

Posted on March 16, 2020


This March, we are doing a series on films that are half good and half bad. Or the other way around. I picked Selvaraghavan’s ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’, from 2010.


Indian archaeologists have been looking for a lost Chola tribe (yes, those Cholas), believed to have gone into hiding someplace near Vietnam. When one of these archaeologists goes missing, the government puts together a search party, consisting of Anitha (Reema Sen), Lavanya (Andrea Jeremiah) and a ‘coolie’ named Muthu (Karthi), who brings with him a band of mercenaries…

Why the first half doesn’t work:

The search party follows a map and experiences a series of dangers, and all we seem to be seeing is a very derivative Indiana Jones-style entertainer. The creepy-crawly snake attack from Raiders of the Lost Ark is routed through the graph of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where an archeologist-father goes missing, causing the archeologist-child to embark on an expedition retracing his steps….

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