Cheliyaa Movie Review – Mani’s Signature

Cheliyaa-Movie-New-Trailer-2Film : Cheliyaa
Cast : Karti, Aditi Rao Hydari,A.C. Lalitha,Rukmini ,Vijaykumar,Delhi Ganesh,RJ Balaji
Written & Directed by Mani Ratnam
Producers Mani Ratnam & Shirish
Music Director AR Rahman
Distributed by Sri Venkateswara Creations Banner
Telugu Rating : 3/5


Air Force Squadron pilot Varun alias VC (Karti) is a energetic pilot, joins a Hospital and falls in love with duty doctor Leela Abraham (Aditi Hydari) after he meet with an accident while going on a long drive with his superior officer Girija ( Shraddha Srinath). Varun is quarrelsome , he rejects to marry pregnant Leela and both apart. During the kargil war, Varun’s plane crashes in Pakistan and he is put in Rawalpindi jail. He recollects his romance . When will he return ? will he meet Leela again? ..forms the plot.


Karthi as military guy gave his ever best as an artist. Aditi Rao Hydari has done equity to her part as an experienced artist, and the chemistry between her and Karthi worked out well. K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Shraddha Srinath, Rukmini Vijayakumar, R.J. Balaji in the supporting characters are good.


Music composed by AR Rahman is biggest asset for the film , he has taken the music to next level, all the song are simply marvelous. The BGM is extraordinary. Dubbing quality is good. Cinematography is wonderful.

Cheiya is a war like Love film with Mani Ratnam mark story, screenplay and charazations. Every lover should watch the film to gain some knowledge. The first half deals with love between the lead pair and both come to know about each other character and then comes a twist during the interval.

While later half deals how Varun escape from Rawalpindi jail in search of his lover and the climax will again has Maniratnam mark ending which may not be liked. Mani is the master in handling love stories, this romantic thriller will strike a chord with the younger generation. However , the movie is dragging in second half. Mani tired to say ,Love can be perfect despite character flaws and imperfections. Overall Cheliya has Maniratnam Signature throughout the film.

Plus points:

Story Plot
Lead pair Chemistry
Background Music
War Episodes

Minus points :

Dragging second half

Brilliant but Boring