Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by Mani Ratnam
Written by Mani Ratnam
Aditi Rao Hydari
Music by Original songs:
A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Ravi Varman
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
The story starts with the introduction of Varun known as VC (Karthi) with Girija ( a girl who we assume is dating), due to an unfortunate event Varun gets hospitalised. After which we are introduced to Leela (Aditi Rao), a doctor. Their very first meeting involves her treating him. Upon recovery, VC asks Leela out and they start to go on regular dates which eventually ends in the two getting truly and madly in love with each other, later on they realise that their relationship might not work because they are polar opposites. Does their relationship remain strong? You will have to watch the film to find out!
It’s the amazing visuals and cinematography that makes the movie a bit special, a few beautiful and elegant sceneries make the scenes feel lovely. The special feature about classic Mani Ratnam films is the way he designs and creates his characters with detail and combines it with his greatest asset story “narration”. Was this found in this movie? It was not.
It won’t be fair if I don’t mention the two strong pillars of the film Ravi Varman and AR Rahman. In some scenes, this combo makes us understand why certain scenes are special.
It’s certainly a huge moment for Karthi playing such a powerful and complicated role, he really was convincing as an Air force officer and his performance in the climax is worth mentioning. Although I felt that the romance portion played by him didn’t have such an impact. A huge positive for this film was Aditi who played a role of a doctor who is independent. She just got everything perfect there were a lot of scenes where she stole the show just with her expressions. It was new and different to see the talkative and counter giving RJ Balaji playing a character who just had lines like “OH” and “oh” which was a relief. Another important person in the film was AR Rahman his background scores and songs added more life to various scenes and some scenes were special because of them.
To be honest at the end of the film after it was done I was confused. I really didn’t know if I liked it or not. The magic was certainly there but it wasn’t present throughout. Sometimes a movie might be loved by some and hated by some. Or is just the fact that our favourite person (Mani Ratnam) can give us something way better? It really depends on the individual.
The Verdict: –
In Terms of Art due to THE EXCELLENT VISUALS COMBINED WITH SOULFUL MUSIC the movie SCORES HIGH. However as a film IT CERTAINLY MISSES OUT ON SOMETHING through out which ends up to be tiresome.