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Director K.S. Ravikumar has brought Silambarasan and Jyothika together (after Manmadhan) in Saravana, a remake of Telugu film Bhadra, which had Ravi Teja and Meera Jasmine as the leading pair. (Incidentally, Bhadra was again a remake of the Telugu Okkadu)
The story is about a college student Saravana (Silambarasan) who sees a girl (Jyothika) on a video recording, falls in love with her, and finds her to be his friend's sister. At that moment, she is studying abroad; when she meets him, he predictably tries hard to impress her, faces many difficulties, hurdles and setbacks. Strangely, he does not tell her about his love and devotion, so she does not know that he is carrying a torch for her. Jyothika's family members are involved in feuds and faction wars with other goons and dons. Saravana joins them and fights with them against the common enemy, thus earning their respect and gratitude. Her elder brother is played by Prakash Raj, who played the same role in the Telugu version also. He observes and approves of her match with Saravana, and when is dying (getting killed in a gang-war), he asks Saravana to marry her. However, Saravana gets engaged to another girl, further complicating the plot. He even plans to send Jyothika abroad again to save her from the enemy dons. However, in the last scenes, he finally succeeds in getting hitched to his ladylove Jyothika after much action, romance, thrills, and spills with comic relief. Music is by Srikanth Deva. The supporting cast includes Prakash Raj, Vivek and Nagesh.
Director Ravikumar has said that remaking a good hit has advantages such starting off with a proven hit story gives a measure of confidence; at the same time it is a real challenge also, since there have to be some changes for fine-tuning the story and songs into a different language. Some jokes are untranslatable, and this throws up new challenges. Even a situation which makes people laugh in one language need not be accepted as a joke in some other language. So also, some sentiments are applicable only to some states. So one always has to improvise during a remake. The scaffolding is there, but the architect's touch is required to add to the original.
Silambarasan is happy with this light, frothy, comedy-type role, with plenty of fights, like a masala film after serious roles in Manmadhan and Totti Jaya. Jyothika is very confident of another good show as in Manmadhan.
Saravana, like Gilli has continuous excitement, thrills, action like a roller-coaster ride with the hero and heroine, like a train running downhill without brakes.