7aam Arivu sets spirits ablaze

7aam Arivu sets spirits ablaze

If by any means you are feeling even a little bit let down on not purchasing those extra packet of crackers this Diwali don’t be disheartened.Suriya is back and he promises to set spirits ablaze with his ‘Now Running’ successful flick 7aam Arivu. The movie traces back our Tamizh roots way back 1500 years as director AR Murugadoss and team draw a beautiful picture of what it felt to be a proud Tamizh way back then.

The message has been put forth beautifully (for those who are yet to watch ….we can’t help it) …..as we see Suriya in all his glory, his forefather’s Bodhidharman spirit embodied. He speaks out loud reminding us to embrace our rich traditions, culture and rituals and make a humble effort to know about our past that holds the key to some wonderful secrets. The Bodhidharman effect is already casting its spell with fans hypnotizingly declaring, “Bodhidharman is great I am really proud to be a South Indian.” One Satish says, “We Tamil are proud of  ‘DAMO ‘ , Long live Bodhidharman ”. Suriya fans too had their say, “Suriya was brilliant and all credit to AR Murugadoss sir for enlightening us with the lost past.” Many others even caught up multiple shows as one of them disclosed, “wow what a movie..  Loved it a lot.. Gonna watch it for a 3rd time.. TAMILAN DA!”.


While our past might still be a secret, the fact that Bodhidharman and his hypnotizing ways will help brush of some dust, does hold strong for 7aam Arivu – an experience to be celebrated aloud this Diwali season.




    a gd and worthwhile post for 7am arivu.. yes surya rocks!! TAMILAN DA!!

    those who see my comments, will click on the “like button”(nokku varmam).. 😛

  2. valavilsasi

    The origin of Bodhidharma is still a dispute – everyone agree that he was from the Pallava dynasty – spread across Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka. Ancient martial art form of Kalaripayattu & nokku marmam ( marmani vidhya) is  from Travancore region, and tBodhitara (later named as Bodhidharma) came from that region

  3. valavilsasi

    We  tamilzhans should start showing more tolerance. Murugados could call Bhodhidarma as a great south Indian instead of a Tamzhan. Because, A.R.M could be proven as a person who just told a tall tale.

  4. valavilsasi

    Movie was brilliant, Surya was in his best, there is no one out there to claim his crown. He is truly SURYA and rest are just stars. But the music of the movie was really disappointing. Cutting out the songs could have done no harm, it would have infact saved time and added value to the interesting & relevant plot.

  5. Nayanthara lover

    valavilsasi I truly agree….earlier theree were provinces and just one pallava dynasty as a whole down South …..in such one province was born the great man tBodhitara….check out this video people in Kerala still practice these martial art forms…its sad that we escape to the movies to catch on such things and then completely forget about it…here is a man who has dedicated his life to the art of attach without touching aka nokku marmam…the video shows Shri Prakasan gurukkal practicing The Spiritual Martial Art….check out the end of the vdeo were he completes blows his opponent unconscious…its not just in the movie it exists in real life in Kerala ……I have been there and seen it…

  6. valavilsasi

    You also seem to be supporting the argument that Bhodhidharma’s routes are are infact from Kerala, One moe mistake of the movie is that Bhoshi did not travel all the way to China with the help of a poor black horse. He had infact taken sea route and that time there were only two major ports in south India they were QUILON & KODUNGALLOOR both are in kerala. So Bogidharma was a south Indian under Pallava rule which had entire Kerala, Tamil Nadu & some parts of Karnatak under their rule.

  7. Mukhil

    First Kalaripayattu had its origins in 1300 AD only. There is no history of it before that, so it is not exactly ancient. A lot of people don’t seem to be aware of the Tamil martial arts still practised today like Kuthuvarisai, Silambam, Varma Adi, Vaal Veechi, Erattai Vaal Veechu etc. These are much older than Kalari going back to BC. Kalari is a derivation from these art forms and is fortunate enough to have recently had media exposure. Kuthu Varisai and Silambam especially are more indepth and have more levels of training than kalari. The Urumi which keralites claim to be a unique weapon is infact common to dravidian martial arts, in Tamil we call it Suzhal Vaal. In fact tamil martial arts have a unique weapon which I think you can easily guess what it is by watching older tamil movies.

    Second you forget that Kanchipuram was one of the three great centres of learning in ancient india. I agree that means he could have migrated from other parts for learning, but as he was a Pallava prince, there is much more chance of him being from Tamil Nadu.

  8. valavilsasi

    For your information regarded as the oldest and most scientific in the world, kalaripayattu,The name Kalaripayattu would have come long long time after its inception. It was a comprehensive martial arts techniques that is taught in a Kalari ( training centere). Kuthuvarisai, Silambam, Varma Adi, Vaal Veechi, Erattai Vaal Veechu are all just part of it. People from different part of the world used to come to learn these techniques. For example VARMA ADI is one that is learnt by a particular community ( Verma’s) they necame very famous in it. Vermas still live in Tamil Nadu as well as Kerala. And my dear MUkhil after all we and keralites were all part of the same dynasty. Above all they have still living proof for their Chinese connection – CHINA NETS in Kochi and their Temple Architecture that has got huge similaritites with Chinese & Japanese architecture. Speaking LOUD is ok but speaking CORRECT will only be heard at the end of the tunnel. 

  9. Mukhil

    Your claims are really Far fetched. 

    Kodungalloor- called Musiripattanam during Bodhidharma’s time – and Kollam (Quilon) were both ports mainly used to trade with Greek, Roman and Middle Eastern Empires. Why would bodhi take a round about way of travelling to the east via kerala? Did you assume that there would be no ports in Tamil Nadu or Andhra for that matter?

  10. Mukhil

    I think you are unaware that Kalari’s claim of being the oldest etc have been much disputed recently. As you say the practise itself might be ancient as we both share basically the same Martial art forms. But the reason it all gets meddled up is due to malayalam itself, introducing a new nomenclature and obvious differences from the style practised in Tamil Nadu. Not to mention kerala cannot lay claim to any historical centers of learning. Neverthless the Scientific fact, as you say, is that Kalari cannot be traced back beyond 1300 AD. Tamil Martial arts are mentioned in Silappadikaram 1A.D. and Purananuru 3BC.

    I think looking at the architecture of kerala, It is easy to mistake it for a chinese or japanese influence. But rather this is a case of convergent evolution. Kerala being a hilly region with a lot of rainfall developed this way of construction due to necessity, to facilitate waterflow. It ended up looking similar to chinese architecture as they follow the same principle for their region which has snowfall. Beyond this they don’t employ any chinese motifs or design elements.

    The fishing nets though may have been introduced by the chinese explorer ‘Zheng He’ who travelled all through asia.

  11. Mukhil

    One more thing Kalari does not have Kuthuvarisai. It has its own unarmed fighting technique. Kuthuvarisai is different. 

  12. Buvanshankar

    Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century and is traditionally credited as the leading patriarch and transmitter of Zen (Chinese: Chán, Sanskrit: Dhyāna) to China. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the Shaolin monks that led to the creation of Shaolinquan. However, martial arts historians have shown this legend stems from a 17th century qigong manual known as the Yijin Jing.Little contemporary biographical information on Bodhidharma is extant, and subsequent accounts became layered with legend, but some accounts state that he was from a Brahmin family in southern India and possibly of royal lineage. However Broughton (1999:2) notes that Bodhidharma’s royal pedigree implies that he was of the Kshatriya warrior caste. Mahajan (1972:705–707) argued that the Pallava dynasty was a Tamilian dynasty and Zvelebil (1987) proposed that Bodhidharma was born a prince of the Pallava dynasty in their capital of Kanchipuram Scholars have concluded his place of birth to be Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India.After becoming a Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma traveled to China. The accounts differ on the date of his arrival, with one early account claiming that he arrived during the Liú Sòng Dynasty (420–479) and later accounts dating his arrival to the Liáng Dynasty (502–557). Bodhidharma was primarily active in the lands of the Northern Wèi Dynasty (386–534). Modern scholarship dates him to about the early 5th century.Throughout Buddhist art, Bodhidharma is depicted as a rather ill-tempered, profusely bearded and wide-eyed barbarian. He is described as “The Blue-Eyed Barbarian” in Chinese texts.The Anthology of the Patriarchal Hall (952) identifies Bodhidharma as the 28th Patriarch of Buddhism in an uninterrupted line that extends all the way back to the Buddha himself. D.T. Suzuki contends that Chán’s growth in popularity during the 7th and 8th centuries attracted criticism that it had “no authorized records of its direct transmission from the founder of Buddhism” and that Chán historians made Bodhidharma the 28th patriarch of Buddhism in response to such attacks.

  13. valavilsasi

    You getting things wrong, if you want to believe that Tamil Nadu is the land of martial arts origin. No historians othen than die hard tamil lovers will agree to this claim. As I kept telling you KALARI means training centeres and it exixted much before 1300 AD

    But 1300 AD has one significance because as you mentioned ‘Zheng He’ (1371–1433) who visited kerala during those times introduced chinese nets. He was not the first one to visit kerala. There has been a trading relation ship between china & kerala much before that.

    Dont try to give folly arguments that kerala architechture resembles chinese architecture just because kerala get plenty of rains & it is filled with hills.Then why dont the same is applicable to southern Maharashtra & Northern Karnataka. Influence of Chinese architecture in kerala temples is well known and there are lot of historical papers writeen on them. In order to state claim on Bhhodhidharman and Mufugadoss theory. You cant keep your eyes shut towards the burning truth, if you keep your eyes shut the fire will eat our arguments down.
    Mikhil dear why are you trying to confuse people Kuthuvarisai is the art of self defence with bare hands. Before graduating to the use of weapons, a student of silambam must learn kuthuvarisai  for the first six months. PThis include the practice of Tharai Padam (floor lesson), and other such exercises that work on building stamina, toning muscles, strengthening the nerves, and regulating breath. This is a part of every kalari even today across kerala & Tamil nadu. Try to attend a kalari when you get time

  14. valavilsasi

    You just refer any book on acient trading water ways and you will find how important was these two ports. As you mentioned Kodungalloor was  called Musiripattanam during Bodhidharma’s time.

    During those times kerala was regarded as the land of spices and China depended on south india for the spices and they contributed to the pottery and architechture of this south indian region.

    In ancient writings this port is mentioned as the port MUZIRIS in Kerala and was the center of trade between the Chera Empire and the Roman Empire. MUZIRIS and QUILON ( It became prominant with trade with DUTCH)  were the most famous ports in south india and there trading between CHINA, Roman empire, Middle east & Persia( For your kind information GREEK did not have much of a trading relations with southern india).

    At that time there were no other major ports in south india from where shipping was done. So if Bhodhidarman has reached China ( he has) he went from Kerala only. Historians agree on this fact and the disagreement of some  sensational writers, A R Murugados & Mikhil can not make the historical truth wrong.

  15. siddharth

    7am arivu is not good as expectations,velayutham is really good and nice to watch,a perfect entertainer.better luck for surya anna next time.

  16. annie

    if v try sumthing new in tamil cinema it always becomes a flop a person who keeps on doing the same role 4 years is being appreciated .this movie was really gud shruth hasaan  and surya both rocked 

  17. Mukhil

    See this is where everything gets muggled up in nomenclature. I am not really against kerala. Just telling you from the readings I have done on the internet. I have not really attended a kalari so you probably have much more knowledge than I do. I am quite eager to take part but finding a guru has been without luck. And finding good information on the net is not egjactly easy for this.

    All I know is this. Kalari is just a name which encompasses diverse fighting techniques under an umbrella. A name has to originate somewhere, now it has been set, lets just take it for what it is. What I also know is that in kerala itself there is something called Northern kalaipayattu which is quite different from South kalari. South Kalari is also practised in tamil nadu. But still Kuthuvarisai and Silambam are always mentioned out of the context of kalari. Maybe I am just arguing without basis, I don’t know, I only mentioned what I read. 

    Kerala architecture chinese influence is also mostly a hypothesis, if you know any historical fact on this please let me know. Although the resemblance is quite striking at times. For example Norse Architecture etc which also developed in wet conditions has same type roof but doesnt really look that similar to either keralite or chinese architecture. So most probably there is influence from the east. 

    But you can also make a similar argument for Tamilnadu chola gopuram style and South east asian and Japanese architecture. Especially that slight convext curve they have on either side sometimes and those two dragon motifs found on either side of the top of the gopuram which is also found on top of some royal palaces in japan. Also I find the bright painted colours to remind me of singapore at times (Not just because of the Tamil temples there). In any case Tamil Nadu gopuram style is strikingly different from rest of India.

    Are you saying Kuthuvarisai is not an art of self defense with bare hands? Yes Kuthuvarisai has to be mastered before moving on to weapons and stick. But Kuthuvarisai is an art by itself. 

  18. spoilers

    what is new in this movie ?? he just used first 10 minutes for bodhitharman that’s it rest all masala and too much of fantasy and mixing it with reality… I liked the thought the film want to endorse our history but the film don’t have anything other than that as they even made our history a fantasy

  19. Soola Karuppan

    I agree its a attempt at sci-fi  by a leading actor  but the treatment was poor -liked the “Tamil” sentiment – but other than that -very predictable – we expected more smart/adrelanine rush like bourne identity – but the matrix type nokku varmam was too old to be anything new

  20. valavilsasi

    Now you are coming out ank speaking out from your heart. Tamilnadu Gopuram style is said to be inspired by Japanese architecture to counter thunder & lightning. Whole of kerala can be called as a single long port. Vasco Da Gama came to a place called Kappad, there is another christian community called KNANAYA Community which came from SYRIA , they also came to Calicut their followers are still there in kerala. So many different cultures influence kerala just because of the geographical speciality of that state. Because they find it as an extreme tip blessed with greenery and spices, so many sea joureney’s came to an end in that region. It left north eastern India &  south east asian countries untouched by any foriegh cultural or mulitary invasions or contributions. Either negative or positive.

    Mukhil it was nice to have a debate and that brought out good points, and we still can be proud of being a Thamizhan along with a broad mind to accept other communities and our neighbours.

  21. june

    that isn’t true. It was a sci-fi film. Indians only want to see bloodshed, women being exploited, and crude language. It can’t be a historical film becoz much abt bodhidharma is not known. If you don’t like the movie than forget it. Don’t criticise hard work! 

  22. vinoth

    what is new in this movie ?? he just used first 10 minutes for bodhitharman that’s it rest all masala and too much of fantasy and mixing it with reality… I liked the thought the film want to endorse our history but the film don’t have anything other than that as they even made our history a fantasy


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