Cast: Vishnu, Sri Divya, Soori, Harish Uthaman, Vinoth Kishan
Producer: Arya, Vishal (VFF), The Next BiG Film
Banner: The Show People, Vishal Film Factory
Music: D Imman
Genre: Drama, Sports
Run Time: 128 Mins
Release Date: 26 Sep 2014
Films with sport as the backdrop have plunged Tamil Cinema, especially in the last decade. There has been a flurry of films with a pinch of difference between each other, in context to the storyline. Vishnu Vishal and Suseenthiran jointly made their debut with ‘Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu’ and both are back once again with a super hit movie in their previous outing ‘Pandiya Naadu’ & ‘Mundasupatti’. Suseenthiran teams up with Vishnu Vishal again for Jeeva, a film which stresses on the darker sides of the game.
His latest film, Jeeva, inspired from real life incidents, gives us an insight into the cricketing scene in Tamil Nadu. It delves into the dominance of one particular community in the game and how those in power can influence and manipulate the selection process, promoting only players of one community.
The film is co-produced by Arya’s The Show People and distributed by Vishal’s Film Factory.
The movie opens to Jeeva (Vishnu Vishal) talking about his life. In flashback mode – we get to see a motherless Jeeva, being almost adopted by his neighbour JP (Charlie) Uncle and his family.
Jeeva’s biggest passion in life, right from his childhood, is cricket. When he is in his teens, he is the school’s cricket sensation, but his studies are affected and his father doesn’t want him playing cricket anymore. A new family moves into Jeeva’s neighbourhood, and their elder daughter Jeni (Sri Divya) slowly falls for Jeeva, and the love is reciprocated. When Jeni’s father (T. Siva) comes to know of their love, a big row erupts between the neighbours and Jeni is sent away to her uncle’s place to continue her studies and her loss leaves Jeeva devastated. He takes to drink and his life begins to go astray. His father and JP decide to enroll him at the Phoenix Cricket Club, under Coach Sridhar, to further his passion in cricket. After initial differences with one of the club’s players – Ranjith (Lakshman of Annakodi fame), Jeeva becomes one of the club’s leading players.
Jeeva and Ranjith form a good partnership and take their team to the finals of the First Division Championships, and are also selected to play for the Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy team. This is when Jeeva comes across Jeni (now an Engineering student), again. Life is at a cross-roads for Jeeva. He has to choose between cricket and a career and the hurdles in the form of politics that plague the game. What does he choose? Which path does Jeeva take? What all does he have to overcome? What are the sacrifices he has to make? Watch Jeeva to know the answers!