O Kadhal Kanmani Movie Review
Reviewed by Madhukar KR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
O Kadhal Kanmani (English: Oh Love, Apple of my Eye), also known as OK Kanmani, is a 2015 Tamil romantic drama film written, directed and produced by Mani Ratnam. The film stars Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen as a young couple in a live-in relationship and was said to be a “reflection of the modern mindset of urban India”, dealing with issues such as marriage and traditional values. The music was composed by A. R. Rahman. The film released on 17 April 2015.
This time Manirathnam has played his cards to his core strengths which is story telling with a romantic theme being the core of the film.
The storyline thread is rather thin but it’s the narration and the screenplay with the trademark style of Manirathnam and the mesmerising music and background score of the magician A.R Rahman which turns this into a unique enjoyable affair.
The story revolves around portraying stark comparisons between modern age romance and yersteryear traditional romance.
Manirathnam depicts the new age romance where couple’s priorities have changed. Both man and woman want to secure their careers to the best possible extent. Love and matrimony takes priority only after that.
Manirathnam depicts his take on live in relationship where convenience comes before commitment.
Dulquer Salman(Aditya) and Nithya Menon(Tara) are the young couple and Prakash Raj(Ganapathy) and Leela Samson(Bhavani) being the elderly couple.
The modern couple witness a live example in front of them who show them why it is important to be together and the reason for the existence of the institution called marriage.
The performances from all four prime actors are quite natural with no frills. Just the way you would expect from the actors in a Manirathnam film.
The screenplay and direction of Manirathnam is one the best compared to his recent scenes.
Certain aspects like a moving train, tight closeups between the couple in love, the Mumbai streets, song picturizations remind you of Manirathnam’s own older cult films like Bombay and Alaipayuthey.
OK Kanmani is sure to leave you nostalgic in a pleasant way.
|Produced by||Mani Ratnam|
|Written by||Mani Ratnam|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Cinematography||P. C. Sreeram|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Distributed by||Studio Green (Tamil)
Sri Venkateswara Creations (Telugu)
- Dulquer Salmaan as Adithya Varadarajan
- Nithya Menen as Tara
- Prakash Raj as Ganapathy
- Leela Samson as Bhavani
- Baby Rakshana
- Prabhu Lakshman
- Ramya Subramaniam as Ananya
- Kanika (cameo appearance)
- B.V. Doshi (cameo appearance)
- Padam Bhola (cameo appearence)