November 1, 2011

7 aam Arivu @ DRC Cinemas

I was finally able to convince my parents to accompany me for a movie at the newly opened multiplex in Mysore, DRC Cinemas. Being the first multiplex in the city, it is attracting people by the hoards. I had to return disappointed on the day of Diwali after standing in the queue for close to half an hour. When i reached the counter, the ticket vendor says, Sorry Ma'am! Sold out! I gave him a piece of my mind for not putting up Sold Out board for the movie and also for the haphazard way in which the queues were made.
I learnt a lesson and went much ahead of the matinee show on Saturday and got the tickets for 7 aam Arivu.

Movie Review:

The movie opened with a lot of promise- Breathtaking visuals, Surya in a role that made the entire audience swoon and a wonderful recreation of the ancient period. The narration tells the story of an Indian called Bodhidharma, having traveled to China to rid them of a deadly disease and also ends up teaching them martial arts. The first half hour of the movie hardly has any dialogues between Surya and the Chinese junta and surges ahead totally on the strength of Surya's contained performance.
Cut to the present. Surya yet again, as Arvind, a performer at a Circus in Chennai. Shruthi Hassan plays Suba, a genetic engg student who is involved in researching the lineage of Bodhidharma. Arvind promptly falls for Suba in the first sight (The girl is pretty, no doubt). Follows her , becomes friends with her, tries to woo her. Only to realize that all along he is the one that has been falling into her trap. Lady Gene Researcher had actually tracked his family for the past many years since they were the descendants of the Bodhidharma family. She has samples of Mr. Circus' DNA that share an 85% match with Bodhidharma's DNA found in his dead body.
To spice things up in between, there is an Operation Red being carried out by the Chinese on India. It is a one man show- a fellow called Dong Lee who is an expert at all things that Bodhidharma taught them. He can control people's minds and can break bones and kill in a stroke. He is sent to India to trigger a bio war and to kill Suba and her research. Why? Cause her research may resurrect Bodhidharma's abilities and powers and he can save India. (Wow! How are such things possible?!)
From here, the movie progressively deteriorates. The Chinese guy tries to kill our protagonists. People start falling prey to an unknown epidemic. Suba knows only Bodhidharma can save them. So they do some wiring on Arvind and rework his DNA!!! All details about the "treatment" are skipped. Man is immersed in some liquid for 12 days! The movie conveniently ends in Bodhidharma's knowledge saving millions of lives and preaches about the importance of our rich culture and heritage that has so many life enriching secrets.
Surya, for his part does a decent job. His role does not demand much as the common man Arvind. Ms. Hassan can pass off as an actress. But the lady has to work on her accent and pronunciation. I better not talk about her dancing skills. Most of the duets in the movie were unwanted. Except for first and the last half hour, the rest of the film tends to be a drag. But should give it to them for the eye opening subject that martial arts and natural medicine went to China from India. In all, an okay watch.

About the Multiplex:

1. There are 4 screens, each seating about 200 people.
2. Tickets are priced at 100 for weekdays and 150 at weekends for non-Kannada movies.
3. Elevators get crowded and one is subjected to a lot of waiting at the basement level 2 parking.
4. Seats are about okay, not as comfortable as the ones in Bangalore.
5.The POS machine did not work when i was there. Had to pay cash.
6. They need to be more efficient at managing crowd and maintaining queues.
7. A lot of work is remaining. The elevator goes up only till floor 1. There on, it is three flights of escalators to reach the multiplex.
8. Online booking apparently will be made available soon.

It is the only one in Mysore now. So it is not surprising that people will overlook shortcomings and throng the place. I would certainly go back there again once all the work is completed and check it out again. Also waiting for the multiplex in Mall of Mysore to open :)


  1. DRC ! when did this open? And where in mysore? people in delhi are also thronging to 7 Aum!

  2. I like the way you write, very nice.will go check your cooking experiments now.

  3. @Vijeth
    It opened quite a while ago! Close to the college - the place where the mall was getting constructed. And well, since there are no other better movies to watch (with movies like Ra One for competition) am not surprised people in Delhi are also opting for this movie :P

    Thank you :)

  4. Oh, the way you review a movie will be really interesting to read. Been a fan of them :) This was nice as usual. :)

  5. And is the Ra.One review coming here sometime?? :) Given the pre-release hype and all, it will be interesting to know 'the way you see it' ;)

  6. @quirkygirl
    kudos....your reviews are grt!! :)
    i was searching for the quality of the DRC Multiplex and came across this site and really Ur writings are fascinating..!!
    anyways, by Ur words i feel the multiplex is a OK..!!
    I'm awaiting for the multiplex to start up in "Mall of Mysore".

    and also came to know that ur a great cook...!
    please suggest me a recipe which i can make "easily, healthy and tasty"
    bcoz, i'm alone in mysore and my schedule is very tight...!!

  7. Thank you Madhu!
    DRC multiplex is just about ok..
    Along with Mall of Mysore, there is the also the multiplex at Garuda near the City Bus stand that is coming up.
    And well, dosa and chutney, pongal and upma are probably the easiest things to make. The idea is to keep practicing till you get the speed!

  8. i think the drc cinemas is just bout amazing!!
    the sound quality is best in d world!!.. nd comon it's d first mutlplx nd der will be a lot of hiccups but overrall!! fantastic show!!

  9. @Idunnowho

    How you can say "best in the world"? :P By Mysore standards, i agree it's good. And giving it to them that they have just opened. That's why i said i will go back there again once all the work is over and write about it.

  10. The movie is good, I liked it, agree that Hassan has done a good job too, movie was out of common sight, has taken in the tension's between India n China, on a different path.
    Even Ayan by Surya was also different. Hopefully many more such interesting movies comes up.

  11. i like this movie verry much but i wanted to know where this bodhadarma books are available if any body knows please send me address to my mail id

  12. @quirkygirl: have you heard of the AP-20 sound processor?! well! they have it! And ya it is the best in the world!.. as far as all the things I have read about it!.. well the 3D is better here den in b'glore!. nd the seats are designed as per average indian height!..