Boys (2003)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 52 mins

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'Boys' is the story of five boys and a girl from different families with different social backgrounds and upbringing. They are youthful, vibrant, careless violating all conventions and norms till reality strikes them and they are left to fend for themselves. In the process, they discover their hidden talents. The six youngsters go through a sequence of events, experiencing the downfalls of teenage life along the coming-of-age journey. The film conveys a message about the importance of a good education and career over other distractions, such as romance and sex.
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Cast: Genelia D Souza, Siddharth Narayan

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

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 29 Aug 2003 (India)

Tagline: Boys for gals

Tamil Name: போய்ஸ்

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Did you know? Mark Kobe, who had been a part of the teams of 'Godzilla' and 'Independence Day', carried out the computer graphic effects for this movie and created a 3D female to feature in the song "Girlfriend". Read More
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as Harini
as MTV Awards Presenter
as MTV Awards Chief Guest
as Bob Galy's Father
as Munna's Father
as Harini's Father
as Bob Galy
as Photocopy Shop Owner
as Magistrate
as Munna's Mother
as Krishna's Mother
as Juju's Father
as Kumar's Mother
as Music Company Director
as Kumar
as Juju
Supporting Actor
as Teju
as Krishna
as Krishna
as Anna Mary Kannaiyan
Supporting Actor
as Mangalam Sir



Production Company
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Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Steadicam Operator


Sound Designer


Animation Director


Production Designer
Art Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Associate Editor


Stunt Director
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Star Music
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
Playback Singer: Karthik, Tippu, Timmy
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
Playback Singer: Blaaze, Vasundhara Das
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Tracey Levy
Playback Singer: Karthik, Karthik
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Blaaze, Vaali
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Tracey Levy
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vaali
Boys for gals
The highlight for the song"Secret of Success",was that the team were given permission to use the MTV logo as the scene saw the band performing at the MTV Awards, This was the first ever time MTV gave permission to use its logo for an award function scene for a film.

The song "Maro Maro" was picturised on 500 young dancers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, successfully maintaining the youthful and modern feel of the movie.

For the peppy number "Boom Boom", Cyril made a set out of waste materials like steel, tin sheets, bottles, used cans of Pepsi, Coca Cola, Dalda (oil) and wood waste to create the backdrop, whilst the actors in the song were dressed by designer Arjun Fazil in matchsticks, film rolls, videotape, and crisps covers.

Another song, "Dating", was shot at a set created by Sabu Cyril on the Chennai seashore where he created a seaside swimming pool, restaurant, water volleyball, and discothèque for the song sequence.

Mark Kobe, who had been a part of the teams of 'Godzilla' and 'Independence Day', carried out the computer graphic effects for this movie and created a 3D female to feature in the song "Girlfriend".

The song "Ale Ale" was picturised at the Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm in Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia where cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran linked 62 cameras, using a new 'time-freeze' technique with the help of Australian cinematographer Mark Ruff's rig.

Genelia D'Souza, who was shooting for Hindi film 'Tujhe Meri Kasam', was chosen among 300 girls after Shankar was impressed by her Parker Pen commercial alongside Amitabh Bachchan. However, her voice was dubbed by Rathi of 'Solla Marandha Kadhai'.

To choose five debutants to play the lead characters, auditions were held in 2002, with over 500 applicants being video tested.

The telugu version of this movie ran for over 300 days in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

This movie suffered extensive censorship throughout its airing at cinema theaters. While for the first few days it was uncensored, it became less and less enjoyable as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), India, made 17 cuts. The most well known cut was the deleted visuals and dialogs of Juju with the prostitute as he shakes the cot up to the dialog of Bobgali "please please konjam utkarungalen". This scene was shown in the trailer and was one of the most memorable portions of the film.
Movie Connection(s):
Features: Dil Chahta Hai (Hindi)
References: Sholay (Hindi)