Mani Ratnam‘s Kaatru Veliyidai has flashes of brilliance but unfortunately all that gets lost in a largely underwhelming film. It takes up an interesting idea about romance – between an Air Force pilot and a doctor - set against the backdrop of Kargil war.
Aditi Rao Hydari owns the film. She’s terrific as Leela Abraham, and there are scenes where she supersedes Karthi effortlessly.
It is sad Kaatru Veliyidai doesn’t even move you emotionally.
What makes Mani Ratnam special is that he comes up with some well-designed characters that stay with us long after the film ends. Here again in Kaatru Veliyidai, even after all these years, Mani has two absorbing characters for us to goggle at.
Karthi looks in his ostentatious best. He plays a fighter pilot, a role that you see being performed in Tamil cinema once in a blue moon. Leela (Aditi), a doctor who falls head over heels in love with officer VC, a not so stable person.
Verdict: Strong Technicalities and Mani Ratnam touches make Kaatru Veliyidai a worthy watch.
The film's biggest strength is Aditi Rao Hydari, and she shines in every frame. She is there throughout and even gets a perfect introduction scene. In a well-written role as the vulnerable yet head-strong Leela she speaks volumes through her eyes and body language.
The beauty of Mani Ratnam films lies in its unpredictability, but Kaatru Veliyidai has a story which gives us a feel that we've seen it so many times.
Overall Kaatru Veliyidai is an experience you must enjoy.
The film opens during the Kargil War 1999, where Varun (Karthi) a brash fighter pilot, lands in Pakistan territory after being hit. As he suffers torture at the hands of the enemy, he reminiscences about the love of his life.
The theme that Mani Ratnam explores is relevant at all times about how the inborn nature of a man could ruin true love and how physical and mental trauma actually could help one heal himself.
Verdict : Strictly for Mani Ratnam fans and those who love stunning visuals that only he can conjure up.
The film is presented with technical brilliance with Artistic sense. If there is any film that has Grand visuals and it helps to tell the story at the same time, it has to be KaatruVeliyidai. By far the Best Visuals Indian cinema has witnessed.
Rahman’s Music right from the beginning progresses the mood and feel of the film brilliantly. As Rahman’s music is synonymous to soulfull, it does the same here. People cheering at the start of every song, thanks to his chartbuster songs.
KaatruVeliyidai will make people to Love their partner the way Karthi loves.