Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 33 mins

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Inbasekar, a hit man shoots Michael, a youth leader, off his motorbike on Napier bridge in Chennai. As Michael flies off his bike and falls into the river, bystanding student Arjun is the sole witness. The film then flashbacks into each of their lives, to bring things up to the present day shooting. Inba, the small-time thug dreams of making it big while his perky wife Sasi tries relentlessly to get him to go straight. Michael balances his idealistic posturing with his romance with a gutsy and occasionally unscrupulous neighbor Gitanjali. Siddharth must decide whether going to the US to study is more important than chasing after a girl he falls in love with in a bar Mira who incidentally happens to be engaged to be married.
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Cast: Esha Deol, Meera Jasmine, R Madhavan , Siddharth Narayan, Suriya Sivakumar, Trisha Krishnan

Crew: Ravi K Chandran (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 21 May 2004 (India)

Tagline: 3 men, 3 differnt goals, 3 differnt lives but 1 goal

Tamil Name: ஆய்த எழுத்து

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Did you know? Isha Deol is the only character in common between the two versions of this film, 'Aayitha Ezhuthu' and 'Yuva' (Hindi). Read More
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as Gitanjali
as Sasi
as Inbasekar
as Arjun Balakrishnan
as Michael Vasanth
as Mira
Supporting Actor
as Esha's Uncle
Supporting Actor
as Lawyer
as Dilli
Supporting Actress
as College Student


Production Company




Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Art Director





Stunt Director


Special Thanks
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Sujatha Mohan, Adnan Sami
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Blaaze
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Karthik, AR Rahman
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Karthik, Sunitha Sarathy
3 men, 3 differnt goals, 3 differnt lives but 1 goal
6 people, 3 men, 3 women, but 1 problem
Esha Deol, daughter of actress Hema Malini, was chosen to play the role in the Tamil version of the film after Suhasini enquired whether she could speak Tamil. After finishing her work in the Tamil version, Deol was signed on for the Hindi version of the film too and thus Deol became the only common leading actor between the versions. To prepare for her role, Deol worked on certain pronunciations of Iyer Tamil with Mani Ratnam's assistant Kannan mentoring her progress.

Relative newcomer Trisha Krishnan played a youngster in the film and dubbed for her own voice for the first time.

Malayalam actress Meera Jasmine was signed on to play a slum dweller in the film portraying Madhavan's wife and it was reported that she spent hours perfecting her Tamil for the film, trying to get rid of her native Malayalam accent to adapt to the sound sync technique used in this movie.

Siddharth, who had previously apprenticed as an assistant director under Mani Ratnam in 'Kannathil Muthamittal' before his making his acting debut in Shankar's 'Boys', was subsequently signed on for the film. Prior to release, Siddharth felt he was cast as he "looked, talked and behaved like Arjun" and mentioned that the sync sound technique used worked in favour of him as he was an experienced theatre actor.

Karthi, the brother of Suriya, was offered a role in the movie, but declined the offer to make his debut and worked as an assistant director on the film because he wanted to become a film director and preferred directing to acting.

Madhavan was signed on to appear in Mani Ratnam's fourth successive project after playing the lead roles in his 'Alaipayuthey' (2000) and 'Kannathil Muthamittal' (2002) as well as his 2001 production, 'Dumm Dumm Dumm'. The actor bulked up and sported a shaven look for the first time in his career to resemble his character of a ruffian.

Parts of the movie have been inspired by two classics, namely the 2000 neorealist Mexican film, 'Amores perros' by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Akira Kurosawa's 1950 Japanese film Rashomon as both films dealt with a cause-effect and a third-view.

The movie was remade in Hindi as 'Yuva', and was also dubbed in the Telugu language.

The title of the movie is the name of a Tamil letter, ஃ - three dots corresponding to the film's three different personalities from completely different strata of society.

Isha Deol is the only character in common between the two versions of this film, 'Aayitha Ezhuthu' and 'Yuva' (Hindi).