Kaatru Veliyidai Movie Review !

A particular sequence at hospital preceded by back to back songs ‘Azhagiyae’ and ‘Sarattu Vandiyile’ elaborates the characterization of rigid, tough and arrogant but good at heart VC (Karthi). Although, there is no connectivity for the next sequence and there is yet another one, where VC and Leela (Aditi Rao Hydari) have some verbal issues before the snow storm. Such instances easily carry us into the world of contrastive characters. The penultimate to climax drama that extends nearly to 20 minutes pulls us much more emotional, where we tend to see the best of Karthi and Aditi in nuance style.

Years back in time, there was a much appealing anthology of short films by Akira Kurosawa among which ‘Crows’: an art student encounters ‘Vincent Van Gogh’ and enters the world of his paintings was strikingly splendid. The reason behind citing this film is that cinematographer Ravi Varman brings such a resplendent splash of colours through his lens and its soul is created by AR Rahman’s mesmerizing background score. One can evidently point out that Rahman has strained with scrupulous efforts to give such brilliant flashes everywhere. The fortepianos during the opening sequence of Karthi’s accident and Aditi operating him or the metal guitars by the final combat across the borders just keeps brewing up in our senses even post-the show.

The film traverses the nostalgic memories of a war prisoner (Karthi), a fighter plane pilot about his lost love Dr. Leela (Aditi Rao Hydari). With their thoughts and ideologies standing away poles apart, it’s all about fate and destiny whether they get united.

Maniratnam has been offering the staunch depiction of relationships in his movies and over here, we do find them in morsels. Karthi’s elder brother marrying a girl only at the point of delivery and we cannot much reveal about the status of Karthi-Aditi. RJ Balaji scores brownie points with an unusual delineation and maybe Shraddha Srinath fans might be little disappointed for a very short cameo. Rukmini gets her best and her dancing for ‘Tango Kadhali’ is awesome.

The scene, where Aditi parents maintain their silence and Karthi’s soliloquy are extraordinarily pictured. Only disappointment is that the most soulful song ‘Nallai Allai’ has been ruined up with bits and pieces, but rest of the songs ‘Azhagiye’, ‘Sarattu Vandiyile’ and ‘Vaan’ are exotically celestial.

Overall, Kaatru Veliyidai spans through the emotional conflicts of ego, love and divinity, where the relationships are tested by trials and turmoil against the musical and geographical backdrops.

Verdict: A journey into the world of VC and Leela that has slow but emotional moments.
Rating: 3.5/5

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