Director AR Murugadoss has regretted the fact that not many Tamilians seem to be aware of the existence of Bodhi Dharman, the original Tamilian who was a great achiever. “While the entire world is aware of Dharman and is celebrating his deeds, most of the people in the State seem to be hearing about him for the first time, thanks to Suriya playing the great man’s role in the film 7am Arivu,” said Murugadoss.
7aam Arivu, which is touted as a landmark film in the history of Tamil cinema, is the second film which brings the highly successful Ghajini combo of Suriya and Murugadoss together. The film also launches the talented and amazingly beautiful Shruti Haasan, elder daughter of Kamal Haasan, as heroine in Kollywood. Udhayanidhi, the producer, has left no stone unturned in ensuring that the film doesn’t lag behind when it comes to expensive sets and graphic sequences.
Suriya and Murugadoss addressed the media on the eve of the film’s release in a month’s time on 26th October. “The Pallava Prince Bodhi lived in Tamil Nadu aroud 1,600 years back. He globe-trotted during those days when transport wasn’t an easy task and even reached as far as upto China. It’s Dharman who invented a famous martial art from in China and as a testimony to his deed, we find Dharman’s statues erected all over China.
“Dharman’s statue stands majestically in the renowned Shaolin Temple in China. The Chinese believe Dharman is an ambassador of Lord Buddha. Irrespective of the many achievements of Dharman, it’s indeed ironical that people hailing from Knacheepuram where Dharman was born seem to be unaware that he once lived in their city. I’d love people to name their sons after Bodhi Dharman,” says Murugadoss.