” Dear Mani Ratnam Sir,
I do not know if you will ever come across this post. My bet, you never will. I was not able to locate your mail id and hence I thought its best to put my thoughts at least here. I am one among the millions of people who love your movies. Your narration, your style, your artist selection, the screenplay, the body language and the dressing sense of your artists, the heroes especially.
(I need to right a separte blog on the crisp white shirts, khaki pants, the white/yellow shirt-blue jean combinations.)
The first time I watched “Alaipayuthey”, I was a little girl. A very little girl, who had no idea what love was. Not that I really know it now. But I was at an age were I dint know “love” existed and at that tender age I fell in love with that movie. God knows what I understood, for I cant remember any of it. All I know is that I loved the movie from the first time I saw it and everytime since then. I am not a hopless romantic, I have two feet firmly on the ground and I am a non-believer of the happily-ever-after. But sometimes after seeing your movies, you plant a seed of doubt in my mind.
You weave magic when it comes to romance. That kind of simple narration in mouna raagam between manohar-divya, the unravelling of romance between rishi-madhu in roja, the grace and charm of kamal in nayagan, eventhough love in that movie lasted for just one song, rajinikanth in thalabathy, I have always wondered which was better the love between surya-subbu or the subtle acceptance between surya-padma, and it would be unfair if I do not talk talk about Arvindswamy and kushboo in alaipayuthey. Probably they would have had a screen time of 5-10 mins max. They had an amazing screen presence. To bring out that kind of understanding in married couple, be it in alaipayuthey, Anjali, Bombay Guru and I can go on, it kind of tugs my heart. You sir, have set high standards for girls like me, of what to expect from guys, be it a boyfriend and/or a husband. Deep down, probably that is what I am searching for in every guy I meet. I am not sure.
Yes, there are innumerable number of love stories in Indian Cinema and directors/writers who has given nothing but greatness, especially in the past.But today,inclusive of your latest movies, romance has become too cliched. Somewhere in the middle, you lost your midas-touch or maybe I just grew up or maybe, my mind is two decades older than what my actual age is and I crave for a simplicity in love rather than an urgency. But
I know for a fact that you can once again bring a freshness to romance on screen. I would love to watch a movie like the ones’ you made a decade or two ago. Tamil cinema needs better love stories and who can do a better job if not you.
Probably a sequel to Alaipayuthey will fill the void in me for another 10 years, just a thought. “
P.S: I guess i got bit by the valentines day bug after all 😉