A multi-layered, intricately woven socio-political drama that delves into deep concepts like integrity, responsibility and unity through the intricately interwoven lives of three men, who belong to diametrically different strata of society.
Inba (Madhavan) is a goon, because his brother has left him alone and he had no option of earning back home. He loves, marries, and abuses his wife, Sashi (Meera Jasmine). Michael Vasanth (Suriya Sivakumar) is an influential student leader who wants politicians like Selvanayagam (Bharathiraja) to keep away from college elections. Michael is in love with his neighbour Geetha (Esha Deol) who lives with her parents.
Then there is Arjun Balakrishnan (Siddharth), carefree and spoiled son of an IAS officer. He wants to relocate to the U.S. for a better future. He falls in love with Meera (Trisha Krishnan), whom he just met. One day, Meera and Arjun get into a quarrel on the road and Meera gets into an auto. Arjun gets lift from Michael to catch up with Meera, who is going that way.
Suddenly, Michael is hit by a bullet and he is saved by Arjun. After talking to Michael, Arjun changes his mind and wants to be a politician. Selvanayagam is worried when he hears news of students standing in the election. He uses every possible way to get them out of politics. Firstly he provides scholarship of a prestigious foreign university to Michael.
When Michael refuses the bribe, he orders his goon Inba to take control. Inba beats some students but faces very strong retaliation from Michael and his fellow students. He kidnaps Arjun and other candidates. However, they manage to escape with the help of Inba's ally, Dilli (Sriman). Inba follows Arjun and beats him up.
While running, Arjun manages to call Michael for help. He comes to rescue Arjun at Napier Bridge. Then Inba is handed to the police. Michael wins the four seats he and his fellow students have contested for. Sashi leaves for her hometown while Inba remains in prison. Michael, Arjun and two friends enter as politicians.
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).
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