Movie: Kaatru Veliyidai
Direction: Mani Ratnam
Cast: Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari
Music: A R Rahman
Cinematographer: Ravi Varman
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
What is it about: It’s about a love story of an Air Force officer and a Doctor. And the conflict which arises in their relationship forms the crux of the story directed by Maniratnam.
Why it’s disappointing: Kollywood is mastering the art of packaging a film and the biggies are becoming expert in that. Everyone is bound to expect the factor called Maniratnam very pleasing because his history in dishing out films of his genre. But off lately he isn’t what he was. It’s high time he catches up with current scenario of cinema. Same old wine packaging with new technicians is tiring.
The defence backdrop seemed forced to set a premise of conflict with an underlying romance. But the details pertaining to the back drop and the sequences during the escape were taken for granted which seemed very amateur for even Maniratnam. You begin to look for an exit from chaos but you’re trapped in despair.
The lead played by Karthi was not a great choice for intense romance factor. He doesn’t react to romance in the way the situation expects and definitely not a fan of intimacy. At few places he seemed lost himself trying to recover.
I’m still wondering what was RJ Balaji doing in this film, he seemed totally lost in KV.
What to watch out for: Aditi Rao Hydari, a beauty gifted to Kollywood. She was a delectable relief in the movie. Her performance was the best and can’t argue on that. She churned out a great amount of romance which was not fairly reciprocated by Karthi. For someone new to language she was spot on with dialogue delivery and lip sync.
After her the film was saved by the brilliant Ravi Varman who did an exceptional job capturing the beauty in its true form. And was well edited by Sreekar Prasad. The VFX was taste fully done.
Music was undoubtedly the backbone of KV. AR Rahman weaves a great magic and the background score was a gripping one.
Verdict: Maniratnam, packaged a new potion of love which tastes good at the first drop, but loses it faster than expected. Can watch if you’re a die-hard fan of Maniratnam.