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13 April 2008

Story of Ayirathil Oruvan Part 2

The deal finishes and the slaves are purchased for one gold coin. The work of the slaves is mainly cutting, pruning the rough terrain. As this hard work is new to them, Gundumani express his unwillingness to his comrades, then Ramadoss lashes them with words. Thought provoking song “Yen Endra Kelvi” follows.

Jayalalitha character fells in love with MGR and follows him to the place were MGR cuts the wood. (I have to mention that cutting the tree by MGR – the full tree is set up, the cutting part is real wood, the axe used by MGR is very sharp and MGR acts as a real wood cutter even the chips from the cut flies out and seen in the shot) Out of MGR's vision the tree falls on her, but in the nick of time MGR dashes in and saves Jayalalitha, she let out a cry and all MGR's men comes out and with difficulty takes the tree from MGR's back. This incident makes to love him even more. She joins to give treatment to MGR. But MGR's men dislike it and they feel that she is trying to take MGR from them. But MGR is a different Leader. When Jayalalitha gives permission to him to enter all the places in the Island and ready to give him good place to dwell, then MGR say, if my friends are also allowed to do the same I too will enjoy. And continues what a Leader should be (typical MGR one liner) – they believe me as their Head and I consider them as my Body, what is the use when Head is separated from the Body the life. Unwillingly Jayalalitha leaves him.

The next shot establishes MGR's plan to escape from Kannitheevu. MGR tells his comrades to cut and roll the trees to the river, when asked by others tell them that it is easier to drag the trunk in water. The scene changes to Poongodi (Jayalalitha) as she plans an invasion to capture MGR's heart. She and her maid visit the hut of MGR. Nagesh inquires before seeing MGR, Jayalalitha enacts as her eyes are burning and she needs a Doctor. MGR comes out of the hut and examines her eyes and understands that Jayalalitha is playing with him, MGR orders Nagesh to clean her eyes with water and goes inside. She cannot take this foiled plan.

Now she plots another invasion by acting as she is very ill. Ramadoss orders MGR to take care and completely treat her illness. MGR holds Jayalalitha's hand to know the pulse. (MGR keeps three fingers, when I was a boy I thought that MGR doing a style, as Doctors keep only one finger to know the pulse rate. When I had a opportunity to talk with a Siddha Doctor, he told me about the nadi. Placing three fingers in Siddha medicine is to find the pulse type and not pulse rate as I once thought. There are three types of nadi – kapam, pitham and vatham. Three fingers are placed evenly over the pulsating region to feel the pulse, when the first finger feels the pulse then it is Pitha nadi, when the pulse is felt in two fingers it is kapa nadi and when it is felt in all the three fingers it is termed as Vatha nadi then the doctor will find out that the body is having some problem when they observe the pulse in three fingers, and accordingly they will give treatment. This is a minute detail, MGR has observed and used it in Ayirathil Oruvan. The shot can be focused on MGR and Jayalalitha alone but importance was given in the fingers, MGR keeps his fingers then again with doubt places two fingers and then the third finger and conclude that nothing wrong with her, who said MGR is not a Good Actor)

MGR One Liner

When the maids leave the princess room, and then slowly Poongodi (Jayalalitha) tell her love and affection to MGR. There is no camera movement, a tight close up shot of both in one frame MGR on the floor and she on the bed with dominating gesture (keep note no eye movement of MGR, he is staring and the movement is by Jayalalitha) she is trying to dominate and at the same time convince him with her words. The next shot MGR gets up and says to marry someone equal to her rank and not a slave. MGR character loves the princess but he did not want to express his feeling, another body language scene continues, that can be noticed in MGR's acting, he tries to hide both hands when talking to Jayalalitha about her Love.

The song “Odum Megangala” continues, MGR reaches the seashore with her, their conversation abruptly stops when they hear horns from the pirate ship nearing the unguarded Sea shore. MGR takes Jayalalitha to the castle and he joins his men. As most of the Soldiers have gone to other side of the Island there was little force left to guard the sea shore as well as the castle. Ramadoss with a plan meets MGR and asks his help. MGR was unmoved, then Ramadoss put forward his plan and assures them if they win the battle they will be set free from slavery and they will treated as the soldiers of Kannitheevu. Brimming with confidence MGR request his men to join him, but some of them question him what is the use if we die in the war. MGR say that there is no rule only the enemies has to die in the battle, Gundumani then mention after the war MGR is the real benefactor he will be praised by Poongodi. MGR utters the words with pain, Don't blemish my ambition. Nagesh speaks on behalf of MGR and they willing join to fight against the pirates and save Kannitheevu.(I have to say a good continuity, MGR entering the princess room to give treatment and MGR men entering the pirate ship lasts to nearly 20 minutes, the first scene is evening, lights are seen, then the sea shore continued with pirate ship sighting evening again, fight with pirates night and prison scene night and the escape and reaching the ship in dawn. Only one mistake is the conversation scene between MGR, Ramadoss and his men that was in day time)

Nambiyar the pirate leader is introduced with his typical villainy smile. In the battle some of MGR's men die and they force the pirates to run from the Island. Victorious MGR meets Ramadoss but he cunningly outwits MGR and orders his men to arrest MGR and his men.

MGR makes a plan to escape from the prison and enter the pirate ship, the plan gets successful. Leadership abilities of MGR is seen in this scenario also, he helps all his men to get out of the prison and then finally he gets out. They all reach the seashore, MGR suggests to swim and reach the ship without the knowledge of Ramadoss and as well as the pirates.

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