What remains of a thousand people after their Chola king dies of failure, carry him to sea, whilst (we have to guess) the Indian army (!!!) commanded by the last of the Pandiyas sleeps. They scarify their life to empower the only one (Aayirathil Oruvan), who had escaped the wrath of their tormentors earlier, to continue their battle; for Pandyas may have won the battle but not the war; ending the movie ala Dark Knight style.
The problem is not what Selva wanted to say, it’s how he has chosen to say. The Cholas on their escape had set up 7 traps, but those “traps” are shown to be a kid’s play which Reema like a superstar with just 2 pistols in stand-at-ease pose crosses. The frivolous execution continues, as sun’s ray hits a pillar creating a shadow that falls on the same side as sun, forming a Nataraj shape to reveal a map, leading us to more such juvenile attempts filled with songs that are meant to be concatenated with the flow, but end up being concocted due to the absence of cues. Only towards the end of a song could we guess (not realize) why it was inserted, excepting the brilliantly executed "Thai thindra manne" & "pemmane". The seduction scene following it, between the Pandiyan princess in disguise as a Cholan leader and the last King of Cholan dynasty; the intended to be cult scene laced with strong lines in chaste tamil too fails miserably, due to poor sword fitting, inept dance by the leads and inaccurate physical presence of Reema (she keeps saying she learnt the skill to win Cholas through her body which she hasn’t and nor does the old cloth she drapes over her intentionally revealing modern brassiere help her).
This rise of a chosen one tale, filled with scenes showing Pandiyas in bad taste juxtaposing it with the Eezha-tamizh controversy can only be liked, if you are bent upon to envisage the idea that is incoherently told by Selva, who is more interested in showing how females are tested for virginity than how CG should be used.
My take on the music of AO - here