Kaatru Veliyidai, from the day of its announcement, has garnered lots of interest from cine lovers. Madras Talkies recently released a teaser and one minute song teaser to whet our appetite. The teaser’s and the song Azhagiye from Kaatru Veliyidai proved few things and they are listed numerically.
1. What Gautam Menon did to actor Surya and Simbu; Mani has done it to Karthi. He has taken a gauche, down to earth guy and turned him into a polished, stylish hero.
2. A.R. Rahman who was churning out some not so memorable music of late has found his form in Azhagiye. There is something symbiotic between the relationships of A.R.Rahman & Maniratnam. Both bring out the best in one another. Kaatru Veliyidai continues this symbiosis.
3. For a brief interval, Maniratnam’s cinematography had turned mute. Although good, it was not Mani!! The captures lacked the soul that was present when Mani & P.C. Sreeram worked together. Ravi Varman who has helmed the cinematography breathes life into the scenes with his excellent work.
4. Karthi who had to combat constant comparison with his gifted brother steps out from the shadow of his illustrious brother. The style, swagger and his act(ions)ing’s put him on road to becoming a sensitive romantic lover boy.
5. Aditi Rao Hydari looks beautiful but then all Mani’s heroines do look pretty. The one niggling doubt is will she deliver?
6. In what might be considered a minor quibbling, there is a sense of deja vu while watching the song – one is reminded of ‘Pachai Nirame’ from Alaipayuthey especially when Aditi plays with her dupatta and when Karthi is seen in the full sleeved tee.
Well, It’s time to trip on Azhagiye!!
Watch Azhagiye here: