Directed by : Suseenthiran
Produced by : Arya, Vishal, Suseenthiran
Starring : Vishnu, Sri Divya, Soori
Music by : D. Imman
Cinematography : R. Madhi
Edited by : Anthony L. Ruben
When Will Smith says to his son Jaden in Pursuit of Happyness, “If you have a dream go get it”, these little and simple combination of words speak the theme of complete film. The reason we speak about such line is for its relevance that Suseenthiran had spelled with the trailer of ‘Jeeva’ – ‘Players in other countries lose after playing. But in our country without getting chance’. It was more than enough to keep us hooked up towards it. The film gushes upon the pre-existing upheavals that ruin the dreams of aspiring cricketers in India who don’t make to the big level.
The little boy Jeeva (Vishnu Vishal) is a hero on street cricket and his life is encircled with rubber balls and bats. Willingness to achieve great things in life, his father (Marimuthu) doesn’t want him to with stadium and insists to focus on studies. But the unexpected disappointments in life make his father opt him to choose cricket again. Jeeva gets bonded with yet another great batsman (Lakshman Narayan), but things go terrible as they are wedged between the dreams and gruesome politics that keep them away from achievements.
Suseenthiran strictly adheres to a simple formula of storytelling. You cannot expect a lot from the first hour of his narration. They might look as a simple stereotypical drama of what we have seen in many films, but with a good treatment. Glimpse through his ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’ and ‘Pandiya Nadu’, they have a prototyped storytelling, where lots of twists happen from intermission to climax. In all likelihood, the first half of Jeeva is filled with usual childhood love stories that we have seen in plethora of flicks. But the picturing aspects of beautiful shots comprising Vishnu and Sri Divya in the backdrops of school and neighbourhood are visually splendid. The story reaches the next level of complete adherence to emotions and surprises post-intermission, where the challenges upon Vishnu and Lakshman Narayan are powerfully projected. The songs by D Imman when compared to his previous albums are not on the expected levels, but strikes well with background score. Mathie’s cinematography is an visual bliss and the shot compositions are so much captivating.
The father-son elements are always the favourite of Suseenthiran and the scenes involving Vishnu and Marimuthu are naturally captured. “Naan Sethutta En Payanukku Innoru Kudumbam irukku, Aana avanukku yedhaavadhu aachuna” the lines he speaks to Charlie, are worthy of appreciations. Similarly, Lakshman throwing back his anger towards the Cricket Committee Chairman who favours his own community of cricketers to play in Ranjith trophy is a top of all attractions and aftermath turbulence to him is repellently shocking. Vishnu Vishal might not have many powerful or punch dialogues to utter throughout the film, but what turns him on top is his ability to express the emotions through his expressions. Watch out for the pain he carries while running in loss of his friend across the stadium and the same action of run filled with joy when he gets selected. Arya’s cameo is sure to grab the theatres for a huge applause. Sri Divya has been beautifully portrayed and she can thank her cinematographer for this.
1. Exposing the shocking realities behind the game of cricket.
2. Second half
3. Lakshman Narayan
4. Convincing characterisations like Charlie, Marimuthu and others
5. Background score and cinematography
What doesn’t work?
1. The sluggish first half
2. Predictable scenes like hero and heroine falling in love
Suseenthiran has crafted a story of untouched reality of what we have seen in the films based on ‘Sports’ genre. Unlike Chak De India or any other references of what we usually look upon as India’s best sport based films, this has diverts into commercial aspects of romance, but the momentum takes a rise during second half, where you can’t turn anywhere, but have yourself glued to the screens. With Arya, Vishal and The Next Big Films Venture promoting the film to a greater magnitude, the film would has probabilities of clicking at universal zone.
Verdict : Reality really bites and ‘Jeeva’ does it
Rating : 4.5/10
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