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Kaatru Veliyidai (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Romance | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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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


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

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A R Rahman won National award for the music 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 »


Tango Kelaayo
Performed by Haricharan & Diwakar
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Written by Vairamuthu
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Kaatru Veliyidai is a best proof about Mani Ratnam's brilliance in bringing out best output from all his departments but failed in bringing his best. My rating 7.25/10
7 April 2017 | by shobanchittuproluSee all my reviews

Kaatru Veliyidai / Cheliyaa (2017) : I never believe in such thing called Love these days because I never found a charming and true love like shown in Mani Ratnam's films.He is the only director who can make a perfect poetic love story with memorable cute performances,soulful music and stunning visuals.There is no such director like Mani Ratnam who can make movies like an artistic painting.He scored a memorable hit with OK Kanmani last year and this year he brought us another love story Kaatru Veliyidai starring Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari.Music by A.R.Rahman is already a chart buster and trailer raised expectations.Did the movie reach it??


The story of the film is set during the Kargil war of 1999 where doctor Leela(Aditi Rao Hydari) falls in love with a fighter pilot named Varun(Karthi). The romance is kindled right away but Varun's commitment phobic attitude keeps pushing Leela away from the relationship.The twist in the tale arises when Karthi is jailed in Pakistan because of the tense war situation. Rest of the story is as to how Karthi frees himself from Pakistan and wins his love all over again.

Plus Points:

1)Aditi Rao Hydari: Aditi Rao Hydari is a show stealer with her wonderful performance.She looks drop dead gorgeous as Mani Ratnam has showcased her in a never before seen way. Aditi's emotional performance is the backbone of the film as she delivers in both the glamor and acting departments.Her eyes twinkle in delight, twitch in anxiety and pale in fear and anger.Karthi gave a great performance too but Aditi overshadowed each and every other actor in this film.

2)Cinematography: Ravi Varman is a world class painter whose painting brush is camera and world is his canvas.Full marks to Ravi Varman for his spectacular cinematography. The snowcapped mountains, the silhouette featuring Karthi and all the song sequences are shot beautifully.Especially a scene where our heroine comes out of house to watch air crafts is one of the most visually stunning scene of the year.Another scene where Karthi and his companions escape from military and run with joy,that scene is captured stunningly.We have lot of such stunning visuals throughout the movie.

3)Music: Ratnam-A R Rahman chemistry of 25 years is unbeatable and inseparable.Like all his albums,Kaatru Veliyidai has soulful music but mostly in poetic way..Vaan Varuvaan is an instant classic and best song of this year.Azhagiye is foot tapping brilliant.But what I didn't;t know is about song Nallai Allai.That song is awesome and really captured the feel.

4)Dialogues: Mani Ratnam films do not have any path breaking or award winning dialogues but still there are lot of fans for his work.They are most realistically beautiful and make us fall in love with movie.But overuse of poetic language may not suit all.

Minus Points:

1)Lack of required emotion in crucial scenes: Mani Ratnam succeeded in bringing out 100% output from all the departments like acting,music,cinematography,settings but forgot to bring his best output.This movie lacked the emotion especially in crucial scenes like their conflicts and failed to create any patriotic feel in serious scenes.

So,Kaatru Veliyidai is a best proof about Mani Ratnam's brilliance in bringing out best output from all his departments but failed in bringing his best.

My rating 7.25/10

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