Decoding Aayutha Ezhuthu and Yuva

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By Swaroop Kodur

Jun 02, 2024

It doesn’t take more than a very specific movement of the camera, a delicate expression by an actor, or a crafty use of music to gather that Mani Ratnam is at play.

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Aayutha Ezhuthu and Yuva are still regarded as Mani Ratnam’s most daring attempts. They bring together three distinctive worlds, characters, and romances with a complex narrative.

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Both Aayutha Ezhuthu and Yuva won Mani Ratnam his usual critical praise with the screenplay, AR Rahman’s music, and the central performances being highlighted.

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But the films did not receive the theatrical applause that the filmmaker is used to or would have liked, with only the Tamil version said to have done above-average business at the time.

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As in the case of most Mani Ratnam films, there is something new to be discovered about the films with each survey and then gladly changing one’s initial opinion.

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Some prefer the Tamil iteration more than the Hindi one and vice-versa, while a section of the film enthusiasts have handpicked moments that they have found to be memorable.

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The three stories in Aayutha Ezhuthu correspond individually to three different strata of society, juxtaposed to highlight the conditioned choices that young India made at the time.

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All experiments aside, Aayutha Ezhuthu is still a quintessential Mani Ratnam rumination that boasts many of his trademarks.

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