If Oakley and Rayban shades with a clean shaven look become a trend in Chennai soon, blame it on Mani Ratnam. The protagonist in his latest film Kaatru Veliyidai (Breezy Expanse) has pulled off the look to perfection, as Fighter Pilot, Officer VC.
If ever the Kashmir state government wants to promote tourism in the state, they can just cut pieces of the movie and compile them into a beautiful documentary, portraying the beauty and expanse of the State. Stand up and applaud Cinematographer Ravi Varman for that. He is one of the pillars of the movie. National Award on the cards.
Rahman’s background score reaches another level when he is asked to score for Mani. Watch out for the shot when “Jugni” begins. Songs aren’t a hindrance. They in fact, lift the movie to another level, specifically Azhagiye, Jugni and Vaan Varuvaan.
Aditi Rao Hydari fits in to the role, like fish to water. This movie should be a big break for her, having been in the industry since Dilli 6 (way back in 2008). Not a single scene where her lips are out of sync. She scores more than Karthi in the romantic and drama-filled scenes, which are replete in the movie.
Sreekar Prasad’s editing is razor sharp. He has given the audience barely what’s required to connect the dots. No meaningless scenes.
Karthi as Officer VC shines.
Kaatru Veliyidai might not join the 200 Crore Club, like most non-commercial films. The film might not be liked by a good chunk of the regular movie going, masala seeking audience, who have apparently flooded the internet with negative reviews. But when the movie is telecast on TV a year later, you wouldn’t want to switch channels.
Bottom line: It’s not a movie you can watch and forget. It’s an experience you carry and ruminate, for hours after you’re out of the cinema hall.