Jeeva (2014)
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Movie: Jeeva (U)
Cast: Vishnu, Sri Divya, Soori, Harish Uthaman, Vinoth Kishan
Direction: Suseenthiran
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

Jeeva (2014)

Good: Screenplay & Dialogues, BGM, Camera
Bad: Slow First Half
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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.

Story


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!

6 Reviews

  1. Indiaglitz
    7/10

    Suseenthiran has garnished the love, passion, and cricket in the right proportion to serve a fulfilling experience!

    Suseenthiran has woven a no nonsense screenplay, and he plays with the imagination of the audience to the most part of the movie. The way Suseenthiran has shown it on screen is a treat to watch! Suseenthiran slaps the Cricket Association of Tamilnadu with facts, and it does make sense. The way he questioned the monopoly and the favoritism towards a particular community is gutsy.

    Vishnu Vishal to this script is perfect, and being a real life cricketer, Vishnu has given it all to look authentic on the screen. Sri Divya is cute and looks matured when her role wants her to be. T. Siva and Charlie are flawless in their given role, and Soori replicates his magic once again to induce few laughs without swaying away from the storyline.

    D. Imman’s songs do not act as a barrier to the film. Madhie’s cinematogapahy is brilliant, and there is a particular scene where the lead pair about to call it a day was captured wonderfully!

  2. Behindwoods
    7/10

    Jeeva takes us through the faulty system that forces out the deserving, and is an engaging watch!

    Kudos to the director for taking up yet another script that is in sharp contrast to his previous releases and for setting it up as real as possible, as always. He doesn’t mince words when he shows that the authorities who make decisions take into account caste and community over talent.

    Ovvondrai Thirudugirai and Oruthi Mela are humworthy. DoP Madhie gives compelling visuals especially in the scenes involving the actual game. He tries to mimic the grandeur of IPL matches in the final showdown, and he is successful.

    Suseenthiran, through the words of Jeeva, says, “I know I will be in trouble for revealing the identity of the decision makers, but this is a story that needs to be told.” Indeed!

  3. Sify
    7/10

    Nice entertaining film, and another feather on the director’s cap.

    Suseenthiran smartly points out that true talent is often neglected. However the entire first half is devoted to romance and songs including an unwanted bar song. D Imman’s music is top class and his BGM is terrific especially in second half. Vishnu as Jeeva has given a very good performance and since he has played cricket, the characterisation has come out well. Soori provides some laughs as a veteran fast bowler trying to make it.

    ‘Jeeva’ is sure to provide inspiration to many youngsters with similar cricket dreams and aspirations.

  4. Rediff
    5/10

    Jeeva is worth watch, but lacks the unique touch that director

    At two hours and seven minutes, with the primary focus being on romance, which is rather staid and unoriginal, and time devoted to family and friendship as well, there is precious little time to get into the crux of the matter.

    The director has used the narrative technique to keep the momentum going. He manages to capture some of the excitement on the field and reveals the harsh truths behind the game of cricket that forms such a huge part of the lives of youngsters in the country.

    Vishnu has given a commendable performance, showing the subtle changes as he matures from teenager to young adult. His cricketing experience of course helps, as he appears quite realistic as he effortlessly sends every ball over the boundary.

    Director Suseenthiran deserves credit for putting together an extremely good technical team. However, the film lacks the treatment that makes Suseenthiran’s films unique.

    While Jeeva may not be one of his best works, it is still worth a watch.

  5. Galatta
    7/10

    Jeeva is a sincere effort to show sports is for talent and not politics.

    Suseenthiran has taken a very live and burning aspect of the game and brought it to light, through his story. The game of cricket being plagued by politics has been bravely brought to the fore in Jeeva. The references to the BCCI chief Srinivasan are blatant and the dialogues are probing. The cricket sequences have been very realistically shot.

  6. shiva
    1/10

    mopkka padam suseenthiran has taken a very live and burning aspect of the game and brought it to light, through his story. The game of cricket being plagued by politics

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