I love ManiRatnam’s filmography. And I hate both of his most recent films. There is no reason for you to care about this. This blog is going to be about the movie that released before these two. The story that was said to be the movie depicting the love of this generation, like his previous works, Alaipayudhe and Mouna Raagam showed the love stories of their generations. Just kidding this piece is about ME.
Tara remembers Adi’s face from the railway station scene. She spots him at Ananya’s wedding and instantly the both hit it off. Wait! Firstly, I don’t like going to weddings. If you force me to go, or if I am tired to explain why I did not want to go, then it’s for the food. If at all I go to a wedding and I look at the girls there. They are either with their parents who want to let their friends know that they have a daughter of a marriageable age (sadness coming), or they are with 3 to 4 friends (Where Tara?!). They take photos of each other, then group selfies, randomly but most lift their head and pass glances at you. Then look at their Instagram. Now, Tara gave Adi her phone number after she signaled at Adi that her Aayul Regai is very long.
You say these things happen, right? And that I cannot say it won’t happen. I said these things would happen 3 years back. I was made fun of for saying so and believing it truly. I tried being that dramatic in life and I think it did not go very well. I did not know how creepy it was then. Well, Adi was not a creep. He’s a West Mambalam Aalu. Can I call him an extrovert? I can.
OK Kanmani has such a special place in my life. I remember making many watch it with me. I read several blogs about it and shared the concepts discussed in it pausing scene by scene. Poor people who had to watch it with me. And, the movie used to be my Background Music for working. Like, it would just be running on a window and I would be working on the other. I even watched it today. Now, I just don’t deny the shortcomings of the movie. What is with that whole sequence when Adi goes missing for two days and them looking for him on that particular Mumbai local.
I’ve always told this to people when a conversation about Mani sir comes into the picture. It’s totally a personal opinion. Mani sir’s art was hugely different after Writer Sujatha passed away. I can only imagine an OK Kanmani with dialogues by Sujatha. Great collaboration is at the heart of any filmmaking process. It starts with collaboration for Writing and goes on to the Subtitler, who also plays a pivotal role. When it comes to dialogues, there is a fair share of problems I see even in the Tamil that his newer characters speak. They are at times really fake considering the place their characters come from. For someone who is 15-25 mins away from Mambalam (provided less traffic), I feel at an incredible distance from his Adi at times and the sociological reading of his characters feel far from reality. I might not have asked these questions. It could just be me feeling about it this way. Now, I do not mean to say I am not looking at the movies that came before the collaboration with Sujatha. We all know the calibre of the people he has collaborated with. Mani Sir has produced remarkable movies even before that. The master has ruled my list of Tamil favourites and will continue to.
I was a kid who wanted to get into electoral politics because of Aayudha Ezhuthu (I started a still-born NGO). I cried at the end of Kaatru Veliyidai, because I could not like the movie. Kannathil Muthamittaal was the reason I started watching a lot of movies. And, my ringtone is a small score from OK Kanmani that comes after Malargal Kettean. And all I can tell is, if only, if only Adi and Tara matched on Tinder and spoke more English and did not act like they could not afford that café before that Urr Selfie, OK Kanmani would have actually been THE love story and I would have had a proper Undergraduate romance story to tell all of you. Just putting it out that me and Adi went to the same Laila College. But I should shut up. It is his story and they are his characters. Who am I to re-tell his story?
Isn’t this one of those stories that is a little too cute and well shot to be real(PC sir!!!!!). And how can I not note ARR’s music in a post about this movie. Am I just carrying the angst because I did not have a love story like it? Could be. Didn’t I tell this post is about me?
I did cry in the end of Kaatru Veliyidai.