‘Kaatru Veliyidai’: Mani Ratnam Returns to Love In Conflict Zones

Mani Ratnam’s latest Tamil film Kaatru Veliyidai opens in theatres on 7 April and as is the case with all of Ratnam’s projects in the pre-release phase, there’s very little known about what the film is about. Tamil actor Karthi along with Aditi Rao Hydari bring to life Ratnam’s story here. The team has so far released two trailers of the film and its got fans demanding that they release the film already.

Here’s what to look out for in Ratnam’s latest:

Love In a Conflict Zone

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It’s one of Ratnam’s pet themes that he’s used in films like Roja, Bombay and Dil Se. Even Kannathil Muthamittal explored the bond between an adopted child and her parents with the civil war torn Sri Lanka as a backdrop. While the exact conflict is not revealed as yet, Kaatru Veliyidai looks like it follows the same theme. While the first trailer of the film made it look more like a light, breezy romance, the second trailer reveals that it’s more of an intense love story in a conflict torn area.

Is Ratnam revisiting Kashmir again like he did in Roja? Take a guess.

Karthi & Aditi: Fans Turned Actors

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Both Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari have been Ratnam fans and a chance to play a lead role in the filmmaker’s new project was a dream come true. Karthi has worked with Ratnam before, but as an assistant director on Ayitha Ezhutha and grabbed the chance to work with Ratnam as his hero. “It’s great to be on the sets interacting with Mani sir so much. It’s a character-driven story. As his assistant, our interaction was limited. Now that I’m back as an actor, he would sit with me and go over each scene and was open to my inputs. What more can you ask for?” asks Karthi in a recent interview.

Aditi battled with her under confidence to speak in Tamil only so that she could be a part of Ratnam’s new film. “Mani sir was my Tamil teacher, which was also very special because I got so much more time to spend with him, understanding the nuances of the language as well as the character,” recalled Aditi while speaking to us earlier.

25 Years of Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman

AR Rahman joined Ratnam’s team back in 1992 with Roja. The filmmaker is yet to work with any other music composer since then. All his films, Roja onwards, have Rahman’s musical touch. "The journey has been of 25 years, but, it feels like I met Rahman just yesterday. He sported the same smile then too, but everyone is aware of the heights he has scaled now," quipped Ratnam at the audio release of Kaatru Veliyidai.

Rahman too recalled their first meeting,"If not for Mani sir, I wouldn't have received this platform. To implement high-end ideas and refined sounds, everything has to fall in place in your collaborations. It was a divine happening when K Balachandar sir called me and introduced me to Mani sir for Roja. I'm grateful for that,” said the music director.

With Kaatru Veliyidai, the duo have another musical hit on their hands. The tracks Azhagiye, Nallai Allai and Vaan Varuvaan are catchy chartbusters already.