(Madhavan) is an individualistic henchman of a wily
don who works for a state minister (Bharati Raja). Michael
(Surya) is a statewide popular student union leader
whose aim is to usher fresh breeze into politics that
are rotten with corrupt men. Arjun (Siddardha) is a
playboy whose aim is to get a US Visa, land up with
a plush job and then cuddle with the white babes in
massive student movement led by Michael puts the state
minister into a tight spot. The state minister summons
Samba to kill Michael. Michael - shot by Samba - is
rescued by Arjun. The rest of the film is about how
all ends well.
If you are not aware of that fact that Madhavan acting
in this film, you might end up watching this film without
recognizing Madhavan. If you have seen a cute lover
boy Madhavan in earlier films, you are in for a rude
shock in this film for his tonsured head and rough demeanor.
Madhavan did extremely well.
For the starters who are not familiar with latest Tamil
superstar, Surya appears like a younger version of Prakash
Raj in his 'Michael' character. He is the protagonist
of this film. He is sure to get a good mileage in terms
of exposure to Telugu movie lovers through 'Yuva'.
This character would be loved by youth. Siddardh appeared
at ease while doing this playboy character. The attitude
of this character represents that of the current day's
youth. This 'Boys' leading man is sure to increase his
fan base through this film.
Meera Jasmine is very raw and unglamorous. She played
the wife of a street-side goon, whom she wants to be
changed as a good man. She gave a tremendous performance
in this realistic character. Isha Deol is lovable in
the character of Surya's lover. Trisha is absolutely
beautiful as 'Meera'. She is the glamour doll of the
Bharati Raja is excellent as the state minister. Narra
Venkateswara Rao dubbed the voice of Bharati Raja and
it matched to the tee. Sriman is good as the side kick
The story of three people is inspired by Amores
Perros (Love's A Bitch). But the inspiration ends there.
Mani Rathnam has indianized the characters.
- direction: Mani Rathnam followed Quentin Tarantino's
style of narration and screenplay for Yuva. Those people
who watched Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs (both by
Quentin Tarantino) would immediately identify it. The
film starts with the most important scene of the film.
And you wonder what the characters are talking about.
It appears too abrupt at the start. Then the flashback
opens up from each character's point of view (just like
the flashbacks of Orange, Blonde, Pink etc in The Reservoir
Dogs) and all these flashback chapters culminates at
the point which is shown at the start of the film. The
direction of the film is of top class. The screenplay
appears slipping out of hand at times when certain scenes
(Madhavan - Meera jasmine episode) appear elaborated
beyond the necessary proportion. Mani Rathnam did not
infuse the right kind of commercial elements to appeal
to the 'popular cinema' lovers. Mani Rathnam made sure
that he chose each one of the episodes from each segment
of social strata - Lower class (Madhavan, Middleclass
(Surya) and Upper class (Siddardha).
Music is a definite plus point in this film. Song numbers
and background music are great. Very typical of Mani
Sankurathri: This is the first song of the film.
This song pops up when Madhavan gets back his wife
Meera Jasmine who goes to her friends place after
a showdown with him. Too many close-up shots on the
faces of Madhavan and Meera Jasmine and intimate bedroom
scenes make you feel little uncomfortable.
2. BG Music beat: This comes for the montage
where song Madhavan is given partnership in gas agency
by state minister. This song shows the change of social
status and fortunes of Madhavan.
3. Yuva: This title track is pictured on the
student union leader Surya as he leads hoards of students
in a mission to put stop to corrupt politicians.
4. Aalochinchu: This song is pictured on Surya
and Isha Deol. This song is the most romantic song
of the film. The entire song is pictured on Isha Deol's
walk and bike-driving-Surya. Mani Rathnam's greatness
lies in showing tender and sensitive feeling through
5. Deham Idi: This is a discotheque song pictured
on Trisha and Siddardha when they meet for the first
time. Just like his earlier songs, Mani Rathnam inserted
a few dialogues between the lead pair amidst the song.
6. Hey Good Bye Priya: The most melodious and
sensuous song of the film pictured on an abandoned
beach in the night on Siddardha and Trisha.
Dialogues by Rama Krishna are sensible most of the times
and are raw at times. The dialogues written between
Surya and Bharati Raja at their first encounter draw
good applause from the crowds. There are quite a few
one-liners written on Siddardh like
'A stranger in queue: Nenemanna vedhavalaa kanipistunnana?
Siddardha: Meetho naaku antha parichayam ledandi'
Siddardha to Trisha: Ninnu choostunte naaku Madras kooda
chala clean gaa vunnatlu kanipistundi'
departments: Photography by Ravi K Chandran is of
top class. Choreography by Brinda is sensible. Artwork
by Sabu Cyril is inspiring. Action sequences by Vikram
Dharma are excellent. Production values are very rich.
DTS mixing by Sridhar is extraordinary.
First half of the film is good. The second half of the
film appears too slow. The climax of the film might
appear very abrupt. The raw-level narration of 'Madhavan-Meera
Jasmine' chapter might not go well with the viewers.
The 'Surya-Isha Deol' chapter is inspiring. The 'Siddardh-Trisha'
chapter appeals to the youth. The plus points of the
film are direction (Mani Rathnam), music (AR Rehman),
characterizations (of Surya, Siddardha, Bharati Raja,
Trisha and Isha deol). The negative points are unglamorous
and stretched part of interludes between Madhavan and
Meera Jasmine, lack of popular elements, Madras backdrop
and Tamil lead actors. This film has the chances of
doing well in A centers. The run in B and C centers
is doubtful. 'Yuva' is a must watch film for all Mani
Rathnam's movie lovers.