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Sarvam – Tamil Movie Review: இழப்பின் வலி . .

Loss. Bereavement. Vengeance. This is what ‘Sarvam’ is, in a nutshell. Went to see Sarvam at Satyam Cinemas Saturday morning. It was a different experience, as we woke up at 7:15 and were rushing to the Theatre. Chennai was cool as a result of the Friday night’s heavy rain. The theatre was filled with a good crowd. The movie started exactly on time, at 8:30.

Before the movie began, we see the disclaimer which reads:  ‘All the incidents in this film are fictitious……. Until they happen to you’. We see an upanishad quote about death. The film begins with Chakravarthi shouting in anguish inside a dark forest.

The film cuts to Arya, and the introduction song. We learn that Karthick (Arya) is an architect. He meets Sandhya (Trisha) in a go-carting race, and falls in love as soon as he sees her. Sandhya is a doctor, and so Karthick goes to her hospital and tries to woo her. Sandhya hates Karthick as she thinks he is not serious about life. Gradually, she falls for him, and the two happily enjoy life.

We also see Eashwar, a man who has lost his wife  and son in a road accident. Eashwar thinks that it was Naushad – the man who accidentally hit Eashwar’s wife (Anu Hassan in a cameo) and son with his car – who is  solely  responsible for their death, and he repeatedly stalks Naushad and threatens him that he doesn’t understand the loss Eashwar has undergone and he will only understand it if his own son dies. Naushad has a little boy Iman, and Naushad finally hides in Munnar, fearing Eashwar.

It is at this point that the story takes a serious turn. Sandhya dies in a brutal accident, and Karthick is devastated. Sandhya’s father tells Karthick that Sandhya’s heart has been transplanted and it’s Naushad’s son who  is living with her heart. Karthick becomes emotional and goes on a trip to find out Naushad. By following Karthick, Eashwar too arrives at Munnar. What happens at Munnar forms the rest of the story. Was Eashwar successful in his mission to kill Naushad’s son? Was Karthick able to overcome his grief? See the movie.

Sarvam is directed by Vishnu Vardhan. Now, all his previous movies were stylishly made (Arindum Ariyamalum, Pattiyal, Billa) and this one too, is brimming with youthfulness right from the beginning till the intermission. The first half is romantic and is fun to watch, especially Arya’s repeated attempts to woo Trisha.

The second half is entirely different from the first half and the story takes us through the beautiful locations in Munnar. The climax is dragging, and I found it uninteresting. Except the final 30 minutes, this film is worthy to watch.

The story has been woven around the central theme of loss. The pain of loss. We see Eashwar gradually getting afflicted with the psychotic obsession of killing Naushad’s son, as he thinks he lost his wife and son because of Naushad. Naushad too, talks in a don’t-care manner when Eashwar comes to Naushad’s house for the first time. All this adds up and Eashwar decides to kill Naushad’s son to make him understand the pain of losing the dearest ones. On the other hand, Karthick too suffers the pain of loss when he loses Sandhya in the accident. But, Karthick’s mindset is to prevent others from experiencing such a kind of pain, and that’s what he exactly says to Eashwar when they both meet up in Munnar. This difference in mindsets is what makes the film worthwhile to watch.

The camera is good, especially in the scenes filmed in Munnar. Nirav Shah has done a neat work. The music too is okay. While seeing the beautifully filmed songs, I was not able to stop thinking about Vishnu Vardhan using Rahman in this film. It would have been absolutely brilliant if Rahman had scored the music, as that would have been a perfect match with the camera work. Yuvan was also good with the songs but somehow I felt Rahman would have been the better choice.

Arya has done a cool job. Although he is very predictable in some scenes, he is okay. Trisha is cute. After a long time, she has been shown in a beautiful way, and is attractive. Chakravarthi is the antagonist, and he looks like a younger Kamal Hassan in some scenes. He has done a neat job of the psychotic villain. The little boy who has acted as Iman, Naushad’s son is a good actor, it seems. All his scenes with Arya are thoroughly enjoyable.

And, I dunno why throughout the movie, the characters keep praising Ilayaraja. That too, in comparison with Rahman. I can understand that this movie was made during Rahman’s Oscar glory and may be that’s the reason the film makers decided to justify Ilayaraja against Rahman and through Arya’s character, they say that although Rahman is great, Ilayaraja is the greatest! I didn’t like this comparison game which went on almost throughout the movie.

Overall, the film is worthy to watch, but beware about the final thirty minutes, which makes us to question about the logical gaps (holes!!) in the script.

Sarvam – இழப்பின் வலி .

Written by Scorp.

Scorp alias Rajesh Giriraajan is a blogger with a flair for movies, music and comics from different parts of the world. He has reviewed several movies in his world movie series. You can read more of Scorp’s writing in his blog.


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27 Responses

  1. rahul sudarshi says:

    hello……..though the talk about ilayaraaja and rahman is not necessary…..its bad bad too…….whatsthere in it……..ILAYARAAJA IS THE GREATEST …….AND CAN U DENY THAT??????????

  2. Venkatesh says:

    Guys, does anyone know the movie name of the jingle that Arya hear from his body when he meets Trisha everytime?

  3. S c o r p says:


    I know Raveendar (Sakalakala Vallavan villain) and Silk Smitha sing the song. I forgot the movie name, though. Will let you know. .

  4. S c o r p says:

    The movie name is ‘Vazhkai’ and the song is ‘Mella mella’. . It’s available for download in many sites.

  5. Venkatesh says:

    Scorp.. Thanks a lot!!!!

  6. Madhan says:

    Nice Review…! Keep it up!!

  7. Venkatesh says:

    Hi Scorp… Just now searched completely in google for this song… But I dont find downloadable format anywhere :-(( Can you please help me?

  8. Prakash says:

    I saw the movie. Disappointing movie from Vishnuvardhan.

  9. S c o r p says:


    I’ve given the links in the comments section, but since it involves links, it’s waiting to be moderated. Once it gets moderated, the links will appear here.

  10. Guru says:

    Sema mokka padam!

  11. Guru says:

    One more thing! Ilayaraja’s ‘jingle’ was good to hear thru out the movie! why do u have so much of ‘gaandu’ against him!
    I am a Rahman fan as well! But ur comment was not good on that.
    This is the problem with tamilan.you ask why your govt didn’t do this..to MK …he will not answer you directly…instead he would say…sendra Jayalalithavin aatchiyil…etc etc.. and same applies to JJ.
    except for the songs and humming and cinematography..(of course arya and trisha too),director failed badly. neva expceted this kinda movie from Vishnu who happens to be my favorite director.

    • S c o r p says:


      I liked the word ‘Gandu’ you have specified :). I didn’t say I don’t like Ilayaraja’s music, but I found it irritating to hear the characters praise Ilayaraja unnecessarily in comparison with Rahman. Both are different and there is no need for any comparison.

      And, I didn’t crib about anything, as you have mentioned as the general case with the ‘tamilians’.

      Anyways, adios.

  12. tnagarkumar says:

    hey view my sarvam review@ http://www.tnagarkumar.wordpress.com

  13. Ramesh says:

    The small kid siddu is real cute, the one in the hospital scene, wish he had a bigger role.

  14. Ronin says:

    Be it Ilayaraja or Ar Rehman, they are one among thousands of good musicians born in the world..They both have some good compositions but so have thousand(may be 100s) of other good composers in the world.

    Harping repeatedly abt Ilayaraja and AR Rehman as if they are Rajini and Kamal, shows the simplistic need for a black and white world, need for someone to venerate.

    We need to get out this frogs-in-a-well syndrome…

    • Anonymous says:


      “as if they are Rajini and Kamal” – Are you kidding?

      Don’t you think there are thousands of actors in the world and may be a 100 good ones 😉 ?

      If you say Rajini Vs Kamal and equate it to Black Vs White, I pity you!

      Do you think they have had hits throughout their career? If you compare in terms of success rate, Ilayaraja is more successful than all the individuals you mentioned!

    • Ronin says:


      What I meant was sarcasm!

      I was referring to a simple bipolar world..

      Good Vs Evil
      Mamooty Vs Mohanlal
      MGR Vs Sivaji
      Rajini Vs Kamal

      Am just bored of comparing success and talent..I sincerely appreciate their hard-work, for their success and talent..I don’t have much to add to that..Am not being arrogant, but just minding my life..

  15. S c o r p says:

    Absolutely Ronin. You are bang on target! Vazhimozhigiren. . .

  16. Venkatesh says:

    Thanks Scorp!!!

  17. Sam Alex says:

    Great review…. well done… mate.. !!!!!

  18. S c o r p says:

    Good to see the wishes Sam . . Thanks.

  19. Shree says:

    Got to see the movie ysday… reading Ur review increased my eagerness to watch it. But was not very happy about it.
    Looked like the Alaypayuthe – Part 2. The guy’s name is Karthick and was glad that her name wasn’t Shakthi… just then comes the kid in the hospital who says she’ll marry Karthick.. and guess what her name was “Shakthi”. Was it coincidental or intentional in the naming of the characters? And there is this song sequence after the heroine falls in luv with the hero… well that is the 2009 version of “Pathchai Nirame” song.

    Actually… it gives the feel that this is what would have happened to the Alaypayuthe story if ‘Shakthi’had not recovered from the accident. Only that the Eashwar character has been spun in for more of ‘இழப்பின் வலி . . ‘

    The last half hour of the movie was like watching a horror movie.. not a sentimental thriller. And yes… Trisha is cute 🙂

  20. S c o r p says:

    Hey Shree.. That’s rite. It luks like Alaipayuthey part 2, but it’s absolutely something I didn’t notice about while watching the film!! It’s good to know a different opinion..

    Overall, I’ve been meeting people who say to me they didn’t like the movie at all. But, to me, I liked the first half, and the songs. Anyway, opinions differ. . Gud to c ur reply.

  21. Sounds like a must watch! Glad to see even commercial Tamil movies backed by good stories!

  22. devan says:

    do u think arrahman so great.u think win oscar so good.
    that oscar for hindi song not for tamil song.u know one thing that
    song from atm he remix for hindi version.future will change u see
    it.arrahman get to learn music from ir mind it.

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