Watched a landmark film in contemporary thamizh cinema and arguably the most relevant motion picture of our time, and I am still reeling from the after effects. Yaarukko Yaaro - Stepnee, is a film par excellence directed by Joe Stanley. The film released in December 2007 also reveals shocking insides to the inspiration behind Ratan Tata's Nano concept.
David (Sam Anderson) is a handsome automobile engineer/scientist who has developed a pathbreaking plan to build a mini car costing just Rs, 70,000 that can be afforded by a "midil class" Indian family of four who would otherwise struggle on a two-wheeler on hot Indian roads. Now read this interview of Ratan Tata that happened well after the movie was released, and you understand where the small car idea came from.
He falls in love with the ravishing medical student Dheeba (Varnika) who decides to give him 5 lakhs needed to produce the small car, after her car dealer father refuses to sponsor Sam's car taking one look at the kindergarten-level drawing which David calls his "model car design".
The twist in the tale is when David's old lover Manju (Jothi) returns to take him back with her to Canada. She has magically already got David a visa, air tickets, and a job in Canada, but by now, you are a fool if you expect logic to interfere with the flow of the movie. David is torn in an emotional battle between Dheeba and Manju, and who he chooses in the end forms the rest of the gripping plot.
The songs have been picturised in exotic locales, most prominently the producer's uncle's failed coconut farms, the famous River Cooum, and government acquisitions of illegal construction land. Fits the general porambokku mood of the movie. Clips of some chartbusters from the movie are on YouTube. Here are the links:
Sam Anderson delivers a performance of a lifetime. Yes, because after this film, it is highly improbable he will act in another film in his lifetime. Dialogue delivery, spontaneity, screen presence, dance, nice teeth, sinusoidal curve paunch - this man has it all down pat! He seems to be a talented ventriloquist - for most part of the movie he is shown on screen and one can hear dialogue but you don't see his lips move or the faintest expression of emotion. A powerhouse of talent!
Deservedly so, Sam has a big following on Orkut. This is the Sam Anderson Rocks community. Click the following link to watch/download the movie, courtesy the community: Yaarukku Yaaro - Stepnee
Rating: 10/10. Standing ovation!