O Kadhal Kanmani!!

I know I am not qualified to talk about any Madras talkies productions and romance genre being my not-so-favourite kind of genre adds to my under-qualified state. But being a devout fan of mani ratnam, I guess I can share the joy of  watching OK Kanmani. It was fresh, ‘kothamalli fresh”. Yes, we all know that it was heading for a very happy ending, a little cliched, its Mani sir’s movie after all. But the journey to the happy ending was nothing short of greatness. I drove back home with a big smile plastered on my face, reliving the movie in my mind, again and again. There was this right mix of Naughty-cute love, maybe because of Adi and Tara, maybe because of ARR, or maybe because its Mani Ratnam. Everyone were perfect.

I have always felt Mani ratnam’s heroines, overacted a teeny bit more in most of his movies. If Nitya Menen had over acted , it was drowned in ARR’s magic. I can still here the bgm in my head. It may not be ARR’s magnum opus, but it was perfect. Every song was at the right place and the right time. The songs on its own were great and after seeing its visualisation, all I am able to  do is let out a longggggggg sigh. Hmppppppppppppppffffffff.  If only………

PC Sreeram has done justice to ARR’s bgm and Mani ratnam’s story or vice versa.  The first scene with the train approaching reminded me of “Raja..Rajathi Raja” song and alaipayudhey at the same time. The screenplay waS better than ever, clever delightful and short,  Not too short like the usual, “yaru… surya…enga…marketla..en.. deva”  but more of “numbers ellam correct a thane calculate paninom; unna mari oru payyanoda naan thanginen a nallavala irupena??; kalyanam panaporeengala? iyoo ila” Direct, for those who understood it.

I have so much in my mind and so little words to write. First half of the movie was peppy and cute and bang on and the second half draws you in with more love and thankfully it is not overly sweet as to leave a bad taste in your mouth!! I have to mention Prakash raj and Leela, the definite role model kind of couple and mani ratnam did not complicate it by throwing in some children for them. It was perfect the way it was. Prakash raj(Ganapathy)-Leela(Bhavani) reminded me of the old couple in the movie pudhu pudhu arthangal. Dulquer and Nitya menen complimented each other and it was not a surprise there. Dulquer is a natural.All those who have seen his malyalam movies know what I am talking about. And nitya menen was adorable and  her performance was brilliant. Never moved up or down the scale.

Small cast and great “qualified” acting by each and every one of them.

Mani ratnam-PC sreeram-ARR is a deadly combination. Fatal to a fault that they blow your minds to pieces.  The movie is beautiful and perfect.  I should definitely find synonyms to perfect, because its becoming a little too repetitive. Here goes, faultless, flawless, seamless, unspoiled, picture perfect, just right

This movie gave me the same feeling as one gets when one smells freshly brewed coffee on a cold misty morning.

OK Kanmani- every element in a mani ratnam movie and some more. Thank you for giving us this much after a really long time. I definitely needed a movie like this and I still can’t stop smiling 🙂

Over and out!


To: Mani Ratnam; From: An ardent fan

” 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 😉