Vaaranam Aayiram aka Forrest Gump ?

vaaranamaayiram gautham menon surya

From the official siteA unique story of a unique individual. Motivated and driven, a go-getter. Like Vaaranamaayiram, the strength of a thousand elephants – strong of mind and body. Shooting starts December 2006.

Yeah, Dec 2006. Atleast that’s what the official website says. We know it started long after that. But it is slated to release for the pongal of 2008.

After a much derailed effort, Pachaikilli Muthucharam, Gautham Menon goes back to his legendary hero, Surya. And ofcourse, it’s his same old team except for the cinematographer. Sethu fame R. Ratnavelu takes on the lens department and this is the fourth change of cinematographer for Gautham. After RD Rajasekhar in Kakkha Kakkha, it was Ravi Varman in Vettaiyaadu Villaiyaadu and for Pachaikilli Muthucharam it was Arvind Krishna for Selvaraghavan’s camp. Now Ratnavelu comes from the Bala camp and is known for his realistic cinematography.

Vaaranam Aayiram is a great title for the movie and there should be a sub-text to it, other than the obvious strength-of-thousand-elephants message.

In Nov 2006, Sify reported that the movie was named Udal Porul Aavi and it was gossiped to be a super natural thriller(!!). The wiki page states that this could be kodambakkam’s version of Forrest Gump. Hopefully Gautham didn’t gulp vodka on the rocks before watching Hrithik’s Krrish and Hank’s Forrest Gump, back to back. Good Luck !!

13 thoughts on “Vaaranam Aayiram aka Forrest Gump ?

  1. Long time, saar! Good that you’re back here, and hope you continue to blog here.

    On Vaaranam Aayiram, I think the connection to Forrest Gump is only that Gautham mentioned once that it’d be his version of the latter, which I presume will be vastly different from Forrest Gump.
    I think, he meant to say that it’s not going to be like Forrest Gump, but similar in the sense that it will be one man’s extraordinary journey (running through the state’s history, should I daresay?). He mentioned even Rocky once talking about this film, for that matter!

  2. I think the connection btw Varanam aayiram and Forrest gump would be like the connection btw Memento and Ghajini… but hoping that VA would be a better…

  3. appadiya, ogay, ogay! Surya nalla actor dhaan – adhukkaga ippove legend status kuduthutangalonu konjam tension aayitten.

  4. Hmmm. Was wondering what gets substituted for the long runs, vietnam war experience, table tennis, the shrimp fishing fleet and the limited IQ of Forrest. Do all of these come naturally to Surya? If Gautham can pull off a Zemeckis then Hanks would be a no-brainer for Surya. Go hero

  5. //I would bet that it would be a hit (blockbuster even). But the film would be a mess!//

    Well, thats a thought but not sure if I think the same. Lets see.

    //Long time, saar! Good that you’re back here, and hope you continue to blog here.//

    Hari, Thanks and let’s see. I also hope to continue.

    //Finally…Ippo daan LG oda saaral theriyardhu! 🙂 And can’t wait for the release.//

    RM, And nenapukku nandri. More than the movie, I’m thinking the songs should be hits, provided its penned by Thamarai.

    //im getting allergic to the words “Unique story”. Reminds me of a famous one-liner “Everyone is Unique. Just like everyone else !”//

    Keerthi, Saar dipperent padam saar. romba dipperent.

  6. //what do you mean by legendary hero Surya? ??? Surely you dont mean it!//

    Well, yeah just like what keerthi said, Surya is HIS legendary hero.

    //I think the connection btw Varanam aayiram and Forrest gump would be like the connection btw Memento and Ghajini… but hoping that VA would be a better…//

    Suresh, If thats the case then it would be a total copy. However Gajini was bad except for the surya-asin romance.

    //appadiya, ogay, ogay! Surya nalla actor dhaan – adhukkaga ippove legend status kuduthutangalonu konjam tension aayitten.//

    Saar, Even if we don’t give him that status he has already penned a book, Ippadikku Surya, claiming the legendary status himself 🙂

    //Was wondering what gets substituted for the long runs, vietnam war experience, table tennis, the shrimp fishing fleet and the limited IQ of Forrest.//

    SMK, Long run would be escape from pudhupettai, vietnam war would be the non-hindi movement alongwith MuKa, the limited IQ with sappani, table tennis with krish srikanth’s cricket.

  7. Pachaikili Muthucharam a “derailed effort”. The pun intended? And btw, looks like disappointing ppl is the trend nowadays. First disappointment being Gautham’s Prey & Play and the next being the recent Shankar’s Mudhalaali and Gautham again with his derailed effort.

    Note that in the three cases the directors have disappointed but the actors had 200% scope to prove their acting & stunt skills/

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