Yuva
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Cast: Surya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Meera Jasmine, Trisha, Bharathi Raja
Director: Mani Rathnam
MusicDirector: A R Rahman
Cinemotograpy: Ravi K Chandran
Editing: A Sreekar Prasad
Screenplay: Mani Rathnam
Dialougues: Rama Krishna (II)
Lyrics: Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Producer: Sukankara Madhu Murali
Banner: Madras Talkies
Presents: Sukankara Madhu Murali
Movie Genre: Action, Love
Release Date: May 21, 2004
Synopsys:

Surya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Trisha, Meera Jasmine, Bharathi Raja.

Description:

Story
Samba (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 USA. The 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.

Artists Performance
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.

Surya 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'.

Siddardh 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 flick. 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 of Madhavan.

Technical Departments
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. 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).

Analysis
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.

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