Cheliyaa review and rating

Review: Cheliyaa – Love & War

Written & Directed by Mani Ratnam

Producers: Dil Raju

Music Director: AR Rahman

Cinematography: Ravi Varman

Starring: Karthi , Aditi Rao Hydari

Story: Varun (Karthi) is a military pilot, who is held a prisoner of war. He is very strong and softhearted but is very unsure inside. Being in prison, he recalls his romance with a local doctor (Aditi Rao Hydari), who is vulnerable and fragile on the outside and determined and headstrong inside. How these two people with opposite characters gel forms the crux of the story.

Analysis:Karthi looks dashing as the fighter pilot and pulls off a difficult role with ease. His performance during the climax is top notch. Mani Ratnam has showcased Aditi Rao in a never before seen way.Aditi’s emotional performance is the backbone of the film as she delivers in both the glamor and acting departments. Mani Ratnam did okay job with the film. His love for visuals, romantic conversations and music are intact in Cheliyaa as he showcases all these with a unique backdrop. 

The first half of film is filled with typical Mani Ratnam romance, striking lead pair’s chemistry, and good drama. A R Rahman’s background score is yet another basic asset of the film. Except for two songs, A R Rahman’s music score is just about okay.

The second half as things get side-tracked many times. The way the love story scenes keep getting repeated, Karthi escaping from Pakistan, such things can make you impatient till the climax.

Plus Points:

Karthi Aditi Rao Hydari On Screen Chemistry


Production values

First half

Stunning visuals


Minus Points:

Slow & dragged Second half

Final Analysis: This movie which goes entirely on love and war. Mani Ratnam’s direction and A.R. Rahman’s background music took the movie to another level. Karthi and Aditi Rao’s sizzling chemistry, the entertaining first half are basic assets. But the slow and slightly dragged second half makes things a bit difficult. Cheliya ends up as a decent watch for all those who love Mani ratnam’s romantic dramas.

Rating: 3.25



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