Sunday, May 23, 2004

Mani Ratnam's Yuva

Mani Ratnam's Yuva

The acclaimed Indian filmaker Mani Ratnam has just released his latest film, entitled Yuva (Youth). With music by the Mozart of Madras himself--aka A.R. Rahman, Yuva, like many of Ratnam's films is labelled as having a "sharp political edge." TheNew York Times ran an interesting review of the film on its release date (5/21/04).

"...Ratnam, a prolific filmmaker who usually works in the Tamil-language cinema of southern India rather than the Hindi cinema centered in Mumbai (the former Bombay), uses the Bollywood conventions to get at a social reality. The title translates as "Youth," and Mr. Ratnam means to provide a generational portrait through his three male protagonists, each drawn from a different stratum of Indian society in contemporary Calcutta."

click here to read the full article.

Incidentally, the film seemed to do quite well over the weekend, as according to Yuva, which debuted in 30 sites, took in an estimated $200,000, averaging $6,667 per theater.


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