The movie begins with an India-Pakistan war scene where Karthi, who is pilot, is captured by enemies and is imprisoned after an accident.
He recollects his memories with his love Aditi Rao Hydari, a doctor and this is where the flashback between the duo is unfolded.
He tries to escape the prison and get back to his love interest. Does he succeed in it and what happens to Aditi forms the rest of the story.
Mani Ratnam as always is strong in the romantic first half and has portrayed the modern love life with ease and easily relates to the audience. The director has brought out the modern family life and has excelled in the characterisation of everyone.
Karthi as a pilot looks handsome like any other Mani’s hero. Though he has nailed it in the action and casual sequences he seemed to have struggled to reach the romance level of the director.
It can be said that the film revolves around Aditi who has done extremely well to carry the movie and has emoted well according to the script. Her body language and expression are immediate, instant and impressive.
Cinematographer Ravi Varman has beautifully captured the beauty of various locations including Leh and Ladakh and has brought the love between Karthi and Aditi in every frame.
AR Rahman has once again given his best to a Mani movie and has conveyed with music what the director could not do with words. He has made the audience to feel the love.
Though the first half is a romantic love journey, the movie becomes cliched as it progresses. There is no element of surprise which makes the audience lose interest.
Verdict: A movie that can be watched if you are a die hard Mani Ratnam fan.
Rating: 3.5/5 – Blown with the wind