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Kaatru Veliyidai (2017)

Not Rated | | Romance | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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Set during the Kargil War, fighter pilot Varun recalls his romance with Leela while being held prisoner in Pakistan.

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Mani Ratnam

Writer:

Mani Ratnam
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Cast

Credited cast:
Karthi ... Varun Chakrapani 'VC'
Aditi Rao Hydari ... Dr. Leela Abraham
Shraddha Srinath ... Girija Kapoor
RJ Balaji ... Dr. Illyaas Hussain
Rukmini Vijayakumar ... Dr. Nidhi
Delhi Ganesh ... Col. Mithran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Syed Aalam Syed Aalam ... Lateef
Shiva Anand Shiva Anand ... Girish Reddy
Sivakumar Ananth Sivakumar Ananth ... Girish Reddy
Midhat Khan Midhat Khan ... Revenue Officer
Ekansh Kumar Ekansh Kumar ... Danny
K.P.A.C. Lalitha ... Achamma
Simran Lulla Simran Lulla ... Leela's Colleagues 2
Dhyana Madan Dhyana Madan ... Rohini
Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair ... Dholak Lady
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Set during the Kargil War, fighter pilot Varun recalls his romance with Leela while being held prisoner in Pakistan.

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Genres:

Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,212
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Goofs

When the protagonist is flying his aircraft to attack positions in Kargil, he is shown flying MiG 21, whereas in other scenes, such as the one in which he is informed about the death of Col. Mithran, he is shown with a MiG 29. See more »

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Maimarupaa
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Performed by Shashaa Tirupati
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Written by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry
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A love story with not a perfect relationship!
14 September 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

It's a Mani Ratnam film. One of the rare filmmakers, whose films does not need to be analysed or enquired to decide to watch, despite whoever the actors are. The best thing from his flicks are the production quality and this film too had an excellent presentation. Always high standards, even for a simple storyline. A perfect line drawn between reality and cinematic. His films are always a family friendly as this one. This is another love story, but with the backdrop of Indian Air Force during the Kargil war. You should not anticipate more actions, because those parts were only part of the story in a small scale. So it is totally a love tale, though not your regular one. That's the highlight.

Like most of the Ratnam films, this is also a flashback narration. An ace Indian fighter jet pilot, VC, is locked down in a jail after his jet was shot down behind the enemy line. He has to concern for getting out of there alive, instead he begins to recall his romantic life with a doctor named Leela. How they met for the first time and developed their awkward relationship were slowly revealed. The struggle to patch their differences and make it to work. They saw more downs in their relationship than the ups. Now rotting in a prison, VC has to go back to his homeland to locate her and make everything right from where he had left before going to the war.

Jammu and Kashmir, captured, clumsy relationship, does not it remind you something else from the past. Yes, it was like another 'Roja'. Except it was partially inspired by a real event of the 70s. Great direction. The locations were breathtaking. Like never seen before Jammu Kashmir. The performances were not bad at all. Then what's wrong with this flick? It was the screenplay. Not engaging as a theme like this requires. This should have been a 90 minute film. They had dragged it for another 40 minutes, that did not work.

The story was not to be blamed. You won't see such concept in Indian cinema. All the big star's films are the same old storyline with a slight change. This was refreshing, but they let it slip away from the opportunity. Particularly Dileep Kumar's music was a let down. There are many promising musicians today, Ratnam should consider to work with them for a change. As usual, the songs were the disadvantage of the film. But it has always been Ratnam's strength in his storytelling. Here it completely failed. Just one time watchable film. I hope he comes back strong with his next project.

6/10


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