Ye Maaya Chesave
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|Ye Maaya Chesave|
|Directed by||Gautham Menon|
|Produced by||Manjula Ghattamaneni
|Written by||Gautham Menon
Umarji Anuradha (Dialogues )
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
|Editing by||Anthony Gonsalves|
|Budget||10.5 crore (US$1.6 million)|
|Box office||39 crore (US$6.0 million) |
Ye Maaya Chesave (English: What magic have you done to me?) is a 2010 Telugu-language romantic drama film written Gautham Menon and directed by Gautham Menon. The music is by A.R. Rahman and dialogues are by Umarji Anuradha. The film stars debutants Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles. It was produced by Manjula Ghattamaneni under the banner Indira Productions and features a soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman. Other credits include cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa, dialogues by Umarji Anuradha and editing by Anthony Gonsalves. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa with a completely different cast and climax. The television rights were sold to Zee Telugu.
Ye Maaya Chesave portrays the complicated relationship between a Telugu Hindu assistant director, Karthik, and a Malayali Christian girl, Jessie whom he falls in love with. Jessie is torn between her love for Karthik and her family, who is steadfast in their disapproval of him. This results in a volatile relationship until Jessie leaves him without an explanation. They accidentally meet after a couple of years and the movie takes a different turn.
The Tamil version was made following much speculation that Gautham Menon was set to remake it with Manjula's brother, Mahesh Babu. Shooting continued through the latter part of 2009, with the film garnering significant media interest, with schedules in the United States, with Princeton University being used as a backdrop for song picturisation.
Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) is a mechanical engineering graduate but aspires to become a filmmaker. Through his friend, Karthik gets introduced to a cinematographer. With his support,Karthik family, who are Hindus, rents the ground floor of a two-storeyed house which belongs to the Thekekuttus. The Thekekuttu family is a conservative Malayali Syrian Catholic[disambiguation needed] family from Alappuzha, Kerala, who live upstairs. The Thekekuttus have a daughter, Jessie (Samantha). When Karthik meets Jessie for the first time, he falls in love with her. Karthik expresses his love one day to her, who is afraid of speaking to men around her strict father, and ends up angering Jessie. The two meet several times afterwards and Jessie begins to admit that she likes Karthik but wants to refrain from any problems because she knows her father won't accept a Hindu marrying their daughter. Her parents learn about their affair and arrange a marriage for her. But at the wedding, she refuses to marry the groom, displeasing everyone in her family. Karthik and Jessie continue to love each other without the knowledge of their parents. Suddenly, Jessie is forced by her father to marry and seeks Karthik's help, who was in Goa for a film shooting. Busy Karthik is unable to attend to her calls and messages; Jessie is unable to reach him. After a tense phone call from Jessie, Karthik goes back one night to check on her. An angry and hurt Jessie makes a final decision to break up with Karthik because of her father's strong disapproval of their love.
Later on, Karthik learns that Jessie got married and is settled abroad. Two years later, Karthik meets Nandini (Sapan Saran), who falls in love with him,. She is rejected by Karthik who cites his previous affair with Jessie whom he can not get over. He then comes up with a script for his first film, which happens to be his own love story. He calls upon Silambarasan Rajendar as the film's protagonist and Trisha Krishnan (who are leads in the Tamil version of the film) as the female lead. The film is eventually titled Jessie.
He sees Jessie three years later in the U.S. and thinks she is married. She reveals that she is not. She refused to marry anyone her parents set up because they rejected Karthik. Out of anger, her parents leave. They then get married at a Hindu temple and a church. The film ends at a theater where they watch Jessie.
- Naga Chaitanya as Karthik
- Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Jessie
- Krishnudu as himself (Karthik's friend)
- Sapan Saran as Nandhini
- Sanjay Swaroop as Raghava Rao Sivakumar (Karthik's father)
- Surekha Vani as Karthik's mother
- Sudheer Babu as Jerry Thekekuttu (Jessie's brother)
- Devan as Joseph (Jessie's father)
- Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as Teresa (Jessie's mother)
- Puri Jagannadh as Himself
- Gautham Menon as a Guest Appearance
- Silambarasan Rajendar in a Guest Appearance
- Trisha Krishnan in a Guest Appearance
- Ganesh Janardhanan in an Appearance in "Manasaa"
After the announcement of Gautham Menon's Tamil project, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, Nagarjuna Akkineni approached Gautham Menon to do a Telugu version of the same, with his son Naga Chaitanya in the lead. Gautham, who was initially hesitant to do another version, later agreed to Nagarjuna's proposal and scheduled the shoots of many portions simultaneously.
The lead pair Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu played guest roles in the Tamil version whereas Trisha Krishnan and Silambarasan made a cameo in this version. Telugu director Puri Jagannadh appears as himself in a guest role.
Character map of remakes
|Ye Maaya Chesave
|Ekk Deewana Tha
|Silambarasan||Naga Chaitanya||Prateik Babbar|
|Trisha Krishnan||Samantha||Amy Jackson|
The music and background score of the film was composed by Academy Award winning composer A. R. Rahman. Ye Maaya Chesave marked the beginning of a collabration between Rahman and Gautham Menon. The album consists of seven tracks, with Telugu lyrics penned by Anantha Sreeram. The complete soundtrack album was released through Sony Music on February 3, 2010. Before the official audio release, "Ee Hrudayam" track was leaked onto the internet. Later the track was officially released with the same singer but another strophe had been added to the song. Rahman won his first Filmfare Award in Telugu. Rahman reused the same tunes for the Hindi remake of the film (Ekk Deewana Tha), also directed by Gautham Menon.
- Best Screenplay Writer - Gautham Menon
- Best Female Dubbing Artist - Chinmayi (dubbing for Samantha)
- Special Jury Award - Samantha Ruth Prabhu
- Best Music Director - A. R. Rahman
- Best Female Debutant - Samantha Ruth Prabhu
- Best Cinematographer - Manoj Paramahamsa
- Best Director - Gautham Menon
- Best Music Director - A.R.Rahman
- Best Cinematographer - Manoj Paramahamsa
- Best Female Debut - Samantha Ruth Prabhu
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