His films earlier, either with sensational scenes or not, were grasping with superb acting, so such stories were a hit, for they were able to reach all audience and even a lay man would understand them, pls understand that great movies even hollywood movies with high graphics and all do not run just because of graphics and sensation, it runs only when the story is grasping and reaches all audience (this is the mantra, eg. titanic) unless you are planning to pass on some code words, which could be deciphered only by a certain type of audience and that is your only intention, then you are bound to get criticized, this is like speaking Japanese to an Indian and criticizing him as mad because he did not understand it.
"Parthiban was the last predecessor of the exiled Chola king, and the ppl were cut off from civilzation for the past 1000 years. They were starving in the island for ages, waiting for a messenger to take them back to their kingdom. But as u know chola civilzation does not exist and they were suffering in the dark caves with wrong presumption."
------So they adopted the ways of the tribals (food and sex behaviour) there and started following them, but still were retaining old clothing styles to prove they were still the remains of the old dynasty - they forgot about farming, cattle rearing, etc., which they must have learnt in India?
Even tribal people living in a place equal to Sahara do something for a living - so the great remains of Chola Dynasty had no pride or strength to survive in any situation themselves for they copied what an uncivilized tribal would do for a living and get even worse than them, no one in their right sense of mind, whether they are the remains of a great dynasty or not, would live like this, even a beggar goes rounds and collects some food and eats, even the weakest of people do something to get proper food, they wont start eating each other just because they are unable to go and get food that day, they would rather starve than eat such nonsense, it is plain illogical!
To those who glorify the comparision of the chola king to srilankan tamils, even they are not like the tribals as potrayed in the film, and they are highly civilized (some of them) earning good salary in foreign and all. Even the fighting LTTE were civilized to the order they had women in their army wearing army outfits (you can see in news and all), so only a person not in the right mind who had suffered greatly in childhood would take refuge in the clothes of a king of what is the remains of a once great kingdom and imagine that he and his kingdom will be raped by outsiders and hide in a cave forever like a spineless kink.
If the one real prince had remained and a similar situation had occurred, he would have recreated chola kingdom in its past glory and would have made it strong with its ancient glory and would have made even stronger defense system and would have been an example to his predecessors, for that is what the blood of once great king would do - show bravery and courage rather than become a parasite to him as well as his people, eg., in "Scorpion King" the defeated king prays to God to give him support of an army and destroys all his enemies at least before he dies, that is how a warrior/Kshatriya would behave rather than saving his skin hiding in a cave waiting stupidly for a messenger for 1000 years.
I wonder how there was no revolution like the French Revolution or the like with so many hungry people, when the king was eating and fattening leaving his people hungry, they revolted against him and dethroned him, that is what would happen logically.
To be frank, here there is no fantasy of a Chola King, it is the fantasy of a disturbed child who thinks he will become great if he takes the refuge of a great king and people will be terrified of him, but outside the cave, he just proves to be a kink, defeated so he is only good for proving his manly skills to women and not to men, you dont know what such a man would be called!!!! A real man that too a king is worthless/spineless when he hides behind magic and magicians to lead him, and whiles away his time with women when his people are hungry - only psychopath will be near to him with no altruistic feelings.
Conclusion - this is the story of a psychopath who dresses like a king and thinks that he is great because he is having hungry women and men at his feet depending on him, that shows his psychopathic tendencies - no human emotions left in him at all!!!!! and a man like him will never understand the raja tantra or the tactics to think ahead of his enemy, for he is living in his own psychopathic world!!!! and this is the hero you want to portray to your younger generation, I think hollywood though they have some sensational content, their heroes fight till the end and show bravery, that is what the children should learn to be brave and courageous rather than become psychopathic because of failure and hide from society!!!! Moral of the story - A leader who is a coward can never win even if his enemy is a rat who is trying to frighten him, he will run and hide in another cave from the rat!!!!!