Hero ‘Jeeva’ (Vishnu Vishal) is hooked to cricket from a young age, and wants to be another Sachin. He comes from a lower middle class family, and struggles to buy a cricket bat, is thrown out of his classroom for playing cricket.

His mother died when he was three and his father is a habitual drinker and is brought up by his loving neighbour (Charly) and his family. He falls in love with Jenny (Sri Divya) his neighbour and there is strong parental objection. Jenny is taken away by her parents and Jeeva throws himself into cricket as he is eyeing state selection. Will Jeeva make it as the selection system is loaded against him, forms the rest of the story.

Fresh-faced and pretty, Sridivya is well-cast. Soori provides some laughs, but he appears jaded and does not quite fit into the friend slot. 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.

Music by D Imman, cinematography by R Madhie and editor Antony make sure there is never a dull moment. ‘Jeeva’ is sure to provide inspiration to many youngsters with similar cricket dreams and aspirations. On the whole, it is a nice entertaining film, and another feather on the director’s cap.

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