Set during the Kargil War, fighter pilot Varun recalls his romance with Leela while being held prisoner in Pakistan.


Mani Ratnam


Mani Ratnam
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Credited cast:
Karthi ... Varun Chakrapani 'VC'
Aditi Rao Hydari ... Dr. Leela Abraham
Shraddha Srinath ... Girija Kapoor
RJ Balaji ... Dr. Illyaas Hussain
Rukmini Vijayakumar ... Dr. Nidhi
Delhi Ganesh ... Col. Mithran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Syed Aalam Syed Aalam ... Lateef
Shiva Anand Shiva Anand ... Girish Reddy
Sivakumar Ananth Sivakumar Ananth ... Girish Reddy
Midhat Khan Midhat Khan ... Revenue Officer
Ekansh Kumar Ekansh Kumar ... Danny
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ... Achamma
Simran Lulla Simran Lulla ... Leela's Colleagues 2
Dhyana Madan Dhyana Madan ... Rohini
Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair ... Dholak Lady

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Set during the Kargil War, fighter pilot Varun recalls his romance with Leela while being held prisoner in Pakistan.

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Aditi Rao Hydari 's Tamil debut See more »


When the protagonist is flying his aircraft to attack positions in Kargil, he is shown flying MiG 21, whereas in other scenes, such as the one in which he is informed about the death of Col. Mithran, he is shown with a MiG 29. See more »


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Performed by Chinmayee Sripada & Abhay Jodhpurkar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Written by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry
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Get in for a Mature - Intense - Intriguing Romance

My take on Kaatru Veliyidai : (press see more / read more to read my complete review )

One of this year's expected movie kaatru veliyidai has all the elements that you would expect from a Maniratnam's movie yet it is not the usual smitten by romance type of flick. This time the director has featured a love story that's intense at the same time intriguing.

The love story of a hard Air Force fighter pilot Varun aka VC essayed by Karthi sivakumar who is super stiff , dominant, chauvinistic by character. The female lead Leela played by Aditi Rao who is a doctor she is simple grounded yet expects equality when it comes to a relationship.

With this contrast what else to expect in a Mani's movie they fall for each other and goes head over heels and slowly develops the crack and the usual fights and intense romance ballets goes on. Though seems clichéd the screenplay makes the difference.

First half of the film is a bit light but filled with heaviness of Rahmanism every single no of this album is a pleasure to ears. Second half gets more of a destructive love genre inter woven with times of Kargil Kashmir, prison life.

The supporting cast though was strong which includes Delhi Ganesh Rukumani RJ Balaji and KAPC Lalitha. They weren't having a big scope nor created an impact. It was an out and out Karthi-Aditi romance duo.

Performances side Aditi was pleasing with her looks which resembles a bit of Aishwarya Rai and some times like an re incarnated Shobhana. She has pulled this character perfect portraying maturity. Karthi on the looks side a bit out of sync but scores towards the second half.

The movie struggles with a bit of pace issues and predictability. VFX was another let down. Some might feel clichéd.

Overall get in for an intense romance ride with breath taking taking visuals through the lens of Ravi Varman intertwined with a soul tingling BGM and music by ARR. I am sure you will walk out satisfying if you are a Mani fan.

-Reviewed by Sivakumar Balachandran.

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