'7th Sense' is blessed with freshness, but the attempt to make it appear different fails miserably.
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
In Indian cinema, it is difficult to maintain expectation at all times, especially down south, in Tollywood. If a director and an actor come together and produce a blockbuster film then going forward the audience always expect a blockbuster from the duo, which is impossible. After delivering a blockbuster hit with Ghajini, A.R Murugadoss and Suriya, after a brief hiatus return with '7th Sense', only to squander all expectations.
Between 450 and 500 A.D, a reigning prince named Boddhidharman (Suriya) of the Pallava dynasty in Kanchipuram, embarks on a journey to China for helping the poor and innocent people from ailing diseases. On successful completion the purpose of his visit, the astrologers foresee a bad omen. In a bid to stop him from returning to Tamil Nadu, they poison him and thus end the realms of Boddhidharman.
Centuries later, Subha (Shruti Hassan) is working on an experiment based on DNA recombinant technology. She wishes to bring back the qualities of Boddhidharman in his present day lineage which is none other than Aravind (Modern day Suriya). When Chinese government comes to learn about Subha's experimentation, they assign Dong Lee to assassin Subha and stop her from going any further with her experiment. But, upon his arrival in Chennai, Dong Lee kick starts 'Operation Red', an operation which is believed to cost the lives of several souls. What is 'Operation Red' and what happens to Subha forms the rest of the story.
Bringing in freshness in story, '7th Sense' succeeds in portraying something that no Tamil film has ever attempted to show in the past. The concept is new and top class but presentation, especially in the form of screenplay is not engrossing. The first half which was supposed to be more interesting than second half actually turns out dull and uninspiring with unnecessary songs. On the other hand, the second half keeps the audience hooked on to their seats, in particular the last half hour of the film.
Suriya shines in both roles; if he showcased discipline and commitment in his role as Pallava prince, then he showed passion in his role as Aravind, the circus instructor. Shruti Hassan adds cuteness to the film. For a newcomer, she pulled off her role in ease and showed maturity in acting.
Music by Harris fares decently but fails to entertain on the whole like it did in 'Ghajini'. Background score is boring and seemed soulless. A.R Murugadoss should be appreciated for his attempt to bring forth a story that is new and different but fails at the same time to make his attempt delightful overall. Cinematography by Ravi Chandran is worth mentioning and he deserves special appreciation for making the film visually appealing.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Okay)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good