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“Cheliya” Movie Review

Updated | April 7, 2017 05:07 IST

Movie name: Cheliyaa
Banner: Madras Talkies and Sri Venkateshwara Creations
Cast: Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari, RJ Balaji, Delhi Ganesh, KAPC Lalitha and others
Dialogues: Kiran
Music: A R Rehman
Cinematography:  Ravi Varman
Editor: A Sreekara Prasad
Stunts: Sham Kaushal
Producers: Mani Ratnam and Sirish
Written and directed by: Mani Ratnam
Release date: Apr 07, 2017
Rating: 2.75/5.0

Legendary Filmmaker, Manirathnam who back with a bang with Ok Bangaram has brought another tale of romance Cheliya starring Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari to your nearest theaters, Today.  To know whether director Manirathnam really back on success track or not.

Let’s go through Cheliya movie review.

Story: Simply, Cheliyaa is the love story of a fighter pilot, Varun aka VC(Karthi) with a doctor Leela(Aditi Rao Hydari). Besides pickle-mindedness, Varun loves himself more than anyone. Despite he loves Leela very much but unable to gain the trust of her because of his attitude. Leela(Aditi) is a simple girl who loves Varun to the core has left him because of his behavior.

Sometimes Varun cares her more than anyone in the world and sometimes even he doesn’t care about her emotions.  He doesn’t value her emotions when she is nearer and craves for her if she is away. Finally, the story of Cheliyaa is all about how Varun know the value of Leela and her love?

Analysis: Director Manirathnam is the specialist in handling sensitive and emotional love stories better than anyone in the world. No one can elevate the beauty of love better than the Legend, Manirathnam. This time also he tried to create the same magic with Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari.

Cheliyaa is only about the emotional love journey of two contrast people, Varun and Leela. To take us into their world, Manirathnam has roped some wonderful technicians like AR Rahman and Cinematographer, S Ravi Varman. In the film, DOP, Ravi Varman’s work is mind blowing. Through his lens, he unleashed a beautiful world which filled with different shades of love.

Ravi Varman elaborated the vision of Manirathnam through his lens. He made each and every scene look like an amazing painting. It’s award-winning work by the cinematographer. AR Rahman’s music and Ravi Varman visuals made Cheliyaa an awesome musical painting but the script doesn’t have much strength to keep the audience engaging. Mainly slow pace in narration test the patience of the audience.

Whatever the intention of director Manirathnam’s seems not conveyed impressively and interestingly. After watching the movie, we can come to an idea that Manirathnam wanted to show that love can merge two different attitudes of people even the differences stood as a wall in between them. In Cheliyaa, the almost whole plot revolves around the lead characters with slow pace which really tested the patience of the audience. And also as said above, there are no strong and convincing scenes when they parted away and after they re-union. Like a poem, the director has left for the vision of audience, majorly.

Due to lack of feel and slow pace, it’s hard for a common movie lover to travel with the Varun and Leela as well as it is quite hard to understand for the common man to understand their love journey.

As Leela and Varun, Aditi Rao Hydari and Karthi has done the splendid job. Both are excellent in their roles. Aditi’s cute expressions followed by the super performance as an ardent lover of Varun. Coming to Karthi, it is totally a different experience not only to Karthi but also to us. He nailed as Varun. The way he show variations in his character is simply mind blowing. As the fighter pilot, he is too good. Especially the way he exhibits his uncontrollable emotions as varun is terrific.

Positive Points: Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari
DOP Ravi Varman
AR Rahman’s background music

Negative Points: Slow pace in narration

There are no strong scenes to keep audience engaging and to travel with the emotional love journey of Leela and Varun.

Illogical scenes especially escaping from Pakistan Jail and to reach India through Afghanistan border. The director who keens to exhibit the emotional love journey of lead actors seems to given less importance to some logics.

Aditi and Karthi are fabulous in their respective roles but failed to create the magic together. They are not apt as the pair.

Conclusion: Cheliyaa is snail paced emotional love journey, which has flashes of brilliance.