Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2602 : Chekka chivantha vaanam

After years I watched a Mani Ratnam movie (Yuva was my last one...) and I loved the movie. Arvind Swamy, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari and Prakash Raj....each one to die for. And that in a movie which has Vijay Sethupathi.

Watch and be enthralled. BUT.....Keep the time slider below on. And when there is only 15 mins left. Shut the movie.

The difference between Vishal Bharadwaj and Mani Sir is, Vishal lets the madness takes over. And the whole cup floweth over. The characters‘  dark interplay is not just staged, its almost spontaneous.

And Mani Sir (conversely) holds back and leans back to the dramatic. Jyothika is an evil (in the movie) waiting to unleash, but that never happens...because she is never explored. The same is true to Arvind Swamy too....and the two other brothers are just too unidimensional. 

This movie could have been the Omkara of Tamil. It almost flirts and teases, but then just fails.

Mani Sir - almost becoming the legend that others always wanted him to be.

Fall in love with Arvind Swamy again. Yes, in a movie that has Vijay Sethupathi.

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