This is one film which decides to decorate politics with the vibrant energy of today’s youngsters. A non-linear screenplay. We get to travel with the three main characters and identify what shapes their ideologies. As the stories unfold there is a burning desire to be part of one of their lives and be a part of this nation’s changing identity. It is a pity that Ayutha Ezhuthu wasn’t well received when it was released. Considering the current political scenario it would be interesting if AE is replicated in real life with the youngsters taking over from the old stalwarts in Politics.
Suriya looked as dashing as ever as the film thrived on a non- linear screenplay which starts off at a single point. The film was way ahead of it’s time and was a box office flop but over a period of time the film has become a cult classic for the way it gave hope through politics. Siddharth and Trisha play the modern spunky youngsters but the real surprise was Madhavan who was extraordinary in his portrayal of Inba. Unlike the other two heroes who resonate with hope his character hits a downward spiral and reaches a dead end by the time the movie ends.
Meera Jasmine is as authentic as the troubled wife. The master stroke was having director Bharatiraja as the villain. He carries off the role with the aura of a seasoned politicians. The face off between Suriya and Bharatiraja are major highlights especially the spectacular finish with Suriya taking over from Bharatiraja in politics. A. R Rahman’s music elevates the film to a different league. The songs are still on everyone’s playlist. The film was also shot in Hindi with Ajay Devgan in the lead but the Tamil version is always special for it’s politics and performances.