Aaytha Ezhuthu (Eng: Three Dots) is a 2004 Indian Tamil political movie written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Suriya, Madhavan and Siddharth in the lead roles, with Trisha Krishnan, Meera Jasmine, and Esha Deol as the female leads and Bharathiraja in a pivotal role. The film’s score and soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman, while Ravi K. Chandran was cinematographer and Sreekar Prasad was editor. The title of the movie is taken from the name of a Tamil letter, ஃ – three dots corresponding to the film’s three different personalities from completely different strata of society. The film was simultaneously shot in Hindi as Yuva with an entirely different cast barring Deol, while a dubbed version in Telugu was also released. Produced by Ratnam’s home banner of Madras Talkies, Aaytha Ezhuthu released in May 2004 to mostly positive reviews but didn’t do well at the box office.
Inba (Madhavan) grew up to be a goon, as his brother had left him to fend for himself and he had no option of earning. 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. And 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 hitches a ride from Michael, who is riding in the same direction, to catch up with Meera. Suddenly, Michael is shot but Arjun saves him. 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 resource to get them out of Politics. Firstly he provides scholarship to study at 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 other 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 college mates have contested for. Sashi leaves for her hometown while Inba remains in prison hoping not to get the capital punishment. Michael, Arjun and two friends enter into politics.
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by Mani Ratnam & G. Srinivasan
Written by Sujatha (Dialogues )
Screenplay by Mani Ratnam
Starring Suriya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Bharathiraja, Trisha Krishnan, Meera Jasmine, Esha Deol
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production Madras Talkies
Release dates 21 May 2004
Running time 155 minutes