CBFC Rating : U
Run-Time : 2 Hrs 27 Mins
Release Date : 07-04-2017
Banner : Sri Venkateshwara Creations
Cast : Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari, RJ Balaji, Rukmini Sivakumar and Others
Music : ARRahman
DOP : Ravi Varman
Producer : DilRaju-MadrasTalkies
Direction: Mani Ratnam
Varun (Karthi) is a typical alpha male who falls in love with Leela (Aditi Rao Hydari), a doctor, while undergoing treatment. They are poles opposite in terms of personalities but are still attracted to each other. What happens when Varun is captured in a war is the basic story of the film.
It requires great guts on part of an actor to completely let go off his usual style and do a film that needs entire new sensibilities. Karthi must be appreciated in that aspect. He transforms himself into a pilot and lives like one. The prisoner portions reminds one of the older self but that’s fine.
Aditi Rao Hydari is terrific. She provides the emotional core of the movie with her sensible act. She looks attractive and performs well, what more can one ask for from an actress.
RJ Balaji is okay in an important supporting role and so is Delhi Ganesh. Rukmini Vijaykumar is superb in the few scenes she has been given. The rest are well cast for their parts even though they have less screen time.
Feels lengthy at times
Mani Ratnam is a master as far as exploring emotions go. Here in ‘Cheliyaa’ he brings a new aspect in the beaten to death love stories format. The characterisations of hero and heroine are superb. Once one is connected to their romance, Cheliyaa is an emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning till the end.
Fast half of the movie moves swiftly without much lag. The interval bang generates curiosity and what is going to happen next. The expectations are not entirely missed but still there was a scope for improvement. The all important thing to remember here are that the crucial scenes being executed well.
AR Rahman gives his best background score and songs for Mani Ratnam film as usual. Ravi Varman’s Cinematography is excellent. Editing is good. Dialogues are blended well into the narrative. Production values are top notch.
Bottom-line: Heavy Love Story