Boys is a 2003 Indian Tamil coming-of-age movie directed by S. Shankar. It stars newcomers Siddarth, Genelia, Bharath, Nakul, Manikandan and Sai Srinivas Thaman in the lead roles. The score and soundtrack are composed by A. R. Rahman. Boys was simultaneously released in Telugu as well with the same name.and in Mali
The story centers on six youngsters, who experience the downfalls of teenage life. The film conveys a message about the importance of a good education and career over other distractions, such as romance and sex. It was the debut for its five title characters as well as the female lead.
Munna (Siddharth), Babu Kalyanam ‘Bob Galy’ (Bharath), Krishna (Thaman), Kumar (Manikandan) and Juju (Nakul) are five friends. They come from different backgrounds – Munna from a middle-class family, Bob Galy from a Telugu-speaking family, Juju from an academic-achieving family, Krishna from a rich family and Kumar from a poor family. But all of them have common interests – spending their time smoking, downing alcohol, ogling girls, watching pornography and complaining about their parents. Much to the chagrin of their parents, they have no interest in studies. They meet a depressed middle-age man, Mangalam (Vivek) in a bar one day and help him home after he passes out. Although they first use him as a source to get alcohol, Mangalam enjoys their company and becomes a mentor of sorts for the boys.They even go as far as hiring a prostitute (whose contact was obtained from Mangalam) to have sex with while Munna’s parents are out of station (Bhuvaneswari), but all of them back down at the last moment.
One day, the boys see a teenage girl, Harini (Genelia D’Souza), who is a science student, and all of them decide to ask her out. Everyone’s try ends in disaster, but they eventually become friends with her and her friends Sampatha (Swetha), (Amanda), Ankita (Sindhuri) and Teju (Reshu). However, Munna is still in love with Harini and cannot forget her. He conveys his feelings to her while on a day-out in a resort, but she rejects him. Later, Harini’s friend tells Munna that Harini would accept him only if he streaks on Mount Road, which was not true. But he believes her, does it and gets arrested. When Harini finds out what Munna had done, she bails him out on jail and accepts his love.
Directed by Shankar
Produced by A. M. Rathnam
Written by Shankar & Sujatha
Starring Siddharth, Genelia D’Souza, Bharath, Nakul, S. Thaman, Manikandan
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Production Sri Surya Movies
Release dates 29 August 2003
Running time 170 minutes