JEEVA – Movie Review

114.Jeeva - Movie ReviewSoon after wrapping up production works of RAJAPATTAI, Suseenthiran announced in October 2011 that he would shortly start his next film featuring Vishnu. However, the director opted to concentrate on other projects before starting the film. After the release of AADHALAAL KADHAL SEIVEER and the completion of PANDIYA NAADU, the production work on the film began again in August 2013. Sri Divya was signed on to play the female lead role after the director was impressed with her performance in VARUTHAPADATHA VALIBAR SANGAM. Surabhi, who debuted in IVAN VERA MATHIRI was signed to play the role of Vishnu’s friend, however she had to opt out later due to conflicting schedules. The shooting was completed in July 2014. The film has been produced under the banner of VENNILA KABADI TEAM (Director Suseenthiran along with Cinematographer R. Madhi and Art director Rajeevan) and THE NEXT BIG FILM (producers of RAJA RANI & CUCKOO); the film has been distributed by actor Arya (THE SHOW PEOPLE) and Vishal (VISHAL FILM FACTORY).

Jeeva (Vishnu) is a cricket lover since childhood and his only aim is to become a cricketer. He hides his desire, since his drunkard father does not likes it. He loves his neighbour girl Jennie (Sri Divya) in his teenage, which leads to quarrel between both families. To distract his son from his love failure thoughts, Jeeva’s dad lets him pursue his dream of becoming a cricketer. Jeeva trains as a great player and also gets his love back in his college days. But, he is not able to succeed in his aim of becoming a cricketer, because of the politics in the cricket team selection. Does Jeeva become a cricketer in the Indian team or his career is lost because of the favouritism in selection? Find the answers in the theatres near you.

Director Suseenthiran is well-known for filming different concepts with reference to real-life incidents boldly; his films NAAN MAHAAN ALLA, ALAGARSAAMIYIN KUTHIRAI and AADHALAAL KAADHAL SEIVEER are few examples. JEEVA is an engaging film that speaks boldly about the favouritism in Cricket team selection. Salutes to Suseenthiran for making a film on this subject! He has even said in an interview that he does not worry even if anything happens to him for showing few things boldly in the film. You can see that evidently in JEEVA. The dialogues have been so sharp; especially, the ones like “Ellaa naattulayum vilaiyaadi thaan thothu povaanga. Inga mattum thaan vaaippey kidaikaama thothu porom.”

The film has so many interesting scenes regarding Cricket, especially Jeeva’s childhood scenes, which each and every cricket lover will like a lot. The rubber ball cricket in the streets, the long time dream to buy a cricket bat, the ‘motta maadi’ cricket and its rules, all these scenes will remind everyone of their childhoos days. The scene where the petty shop owner switches off the TV once Sachin is out, the scene where Jeeva tells that he learnt cricket by watching Sachin in TV, Jeeva’s early morning practices at club and many other scenes help us understand and relate to Jeeva’s love for cricket in various time periods. The film has a very interesting, cute romance portion too, which occupies most of the film. The scenes on the role of caste & politics in the team selection has also been handled so carefully. As like in every other film by Suseenthiran, there has been good emotional scenes on family & relations in JEEVA too! D.Imman has given beautiful songs and his best in the background score.

Vishnu has been a perfect choice for the role of JEEVA, who himself is a cricketer in real-life actually. He scores high in the emotional scenes and romantic portions. Sri Divya looks angelic and her acting has been very much convincing; for sure, her fan base is going to increase a lot after JEEVA. Charlie is seen in a very serious role, delivering a very neat performance. Lakshman as Vishnu’s friend plays a pivotal role, which he has carried very well. Soori fills the whole movie hall in laughter, in every scene with his one-liners; but, his role as a cricketer is a very bad choice in such a serious story! In such a film where the cricketers see the sport as their life, Soori’s character which was only a commercial addition, looked only like a disgrace to the other characters in many scenes.

On flipside, the first half is too short, slow paced and does not get into the main plot, which is very less impacting. The first half never gets into the actual story at all, the interval block was also not that good. The core concept is touched only in the last 40 minutes. We see only the romance portion in most of the running time, which is tiring even when it is interesting. A little more scenes of cricket in both first and second half could have done more justice! Also, some totally unwanted commercial additions like TASMAC song could have been avoided.

RATING: 3.25 /5

VERDICT: Must-watch for its bold content!

P.S: Watch the film soon at theatres; there might be deletion of some scenes or muting dialogues, since it is based on some TRUE facts on a popular person in sports!

Review by: Rahman

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YAAN – Movie Review

115.Yaan - Movie ReviewAfter a series of flop movies and the breezy rom-com ENDRENDRUM PUNNAGAI which was a decent hit in the box office, Jiiva is back with his next film ‘YAAN’. Ace cinematographer Ravi K Chandran who is known for his notable work in cinematography in films like FANAA, AAYUTHA EZHUTHU, KANNATHIL MUTHAMITTAL, GHAJINI, BOYS, SAAWARIYAA has made his debut as a filmmaker through YAAN. Cinematographers turning as Directors is not new to Tamil cinema. We have seen many popular cinematographers like K.V.Anand, P.C.Sree Raam, Santhosh Sivan, Velraj proving themselves as good film-makers; also, we have seen some cinematographers like K.V.Guhan and Ravi Varman failing as a film director. So, in which list does Ravi K Chandran join as a debut film-maker? Read on, to know!

Chandru (Jiiva) is a ‘happy-go-lucky’ natured unemployed MBA graduate; he falls in love with Srila (Thulasi Nair) in first sight. When Srila loves him back, her father (Nasser) does not like it. Srila’s father calls Chandru to his home and insults him for his playful attitude and jobless situation. Chandru starts looking for a job immediately so seriously, to prove himself; since he does not find any job in his city, Chandru leaves to Balikistan. Once he lands in Balikistan, he is being arrested for a crime that he does not do. How does Chandru manages to prove his innocence forms the crux of the story.

Director Ravi K Chandran has tried to present a very old story as an interesting action thriller, but has failed to a great extent. YAAN leaves you yawn in most parts, with a poor writing and a disastrous execution from the first time director #Ravi_K_Chandran. The film runs for more than 2:30 hours, but does not have an engaging content for at least 30 minutes; Yaan has been too dry in content. The screenplay is much faltering, and makes us doubt if the film would have been a HIT even it was released 10 to 15 years ago; the film has such a bunch of uninteresting scenes. There are too many outdated scenes like where the public is asked for support through television channels and social sites.  Even when the hero is facing a deadly problem, the audience are not able to feel any tension where there is no connectivity at all! There are a ‘n’ number of unanswered questions regarding the logic, which you will not be able to count too.

The film starts with a shoot-out which ends in the death of an international terrorist, but after that we do not see a single scene that moves the film towards its plot until the interval. The second half is even more sluggish, which will test your patience to a great extent. Jiiva has done a convincing job in the role of Chandru. He looks stunningly cool and handsome, thanks to the extra-ordinary costume desigining all through the film for all the artists. Thulasi Nair delivers an average performance and she needs to improve a lot more in her expressions; even, the lip sync was not good in many scenes. Veteran actors like Nazar, Jaya Prakash has also been much under-utilized in very small roles.

Songs in Harris’s music are average and are also misplaced completely which acts as speed breakers. The only relief is the pleasing cinematography, Harris’ thumping Background score in the action scenes and the choice of locations, costumes and the sets which has been good. The romance portions which occupies most of the first half has been ‘run-of-the-mill’ type; Jiiva’s character’s playful act is enjoyable in few scenes and is annoying in most scenes. The build-up in Thulasi’s intro scene or Jiiva’s long run for getting her visiting card is not so interesting; also, the CG work in these scenes and many scenes in second half was poor. The stunts were no way realistic and the extensively used slow motion shots in the stunts could have been reduced a lot. If escaping from that jail illegally in such a country is the hreo’s aim and if that is all he wanted to, then what for did he wait till the climax scene? Over a point of time in the second half, the audience go puzzled what the director is trying to say or what entertainment he has tried offering!


VERDICT: One of the most boring commercial films of the year!

P.S: If you are one who have been irritated by films like #Maan_Karate, #Jilla, #Anjaan and #Irumbu_Kuthirai this year, YAAN will add to it.

Review by: Rahman

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