I watched Aayirathil Oruvan in Kamal Multiplex on the 2nd day of its release also (15.01.2010). In fact my friend Bala booked for 15th Jan first. Since my roomie Mani had an extra ticket for the 1st day show, I could watch it on the first day. Thank God and Thanks to Mani. Almost 1/2 an hour scenes were deleted on the 2nd day. Thankfully, none of the scenes were cut from the first half.
The scene where Reema Sen pisses in a vessel was cut. The scene is not suitable for family audience. It was kept not for a sleaziness but Reema’s virginity was tested and also by checking her abdomen. But the main song of the movie Thaai thindra manne – Classical version that was picturised on Reema Sen and Parthiban was deleted on the second day. It’s the soul of the movie that describes the present and past conditions of Tanjore. Especially, I like the line “Pulikkodi poritha chozha maandhargal, elikkari korippadhuvo..” Reema may get a cardic arrest if she sees the edited version as she has put her heart and soul in this song by performing classical dance & sword fight. The scene involving Andrea and parthiban was also deleted. Andrea tells Parthiban that Reema is cheating them. That time he thinks that she also wants to make love with him and undresses. Andrea’s breasts and abdomen were checked by an old lady but Andrea runs away. Parthiban comments ” Emadhu linga dharisanathai kandu vittaale!” which is a cheap humour I felt. Nothing wrong in removing that. The Galdiator kinda scene was also cut short which was a relief.
I’m so grateful to those who deleted the scene in which the King’s wife and daughter were undressed by the army officers and were asked to dance for Appadi podu song at gun point. That was the height of vulgarity that ruined the soul of the movie. In short, the revised version of AO is made me feel better. It would have been much better if the song hadn’t been deleted. But today I came to know that in some theaters the song was not cut but the other mentioned scenes were edited. I have to watch the movie again with my roomies in Sathyam Cinemas.