Cheliyaa review and rating

Cheliyaa review and rating

After scoring  a decent hit with his last movie, OK Bangaram, master of romance, Maniratnam is coming up with another romantic entertainer titled Cheliyaa. Karthi will be romancing bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari in the film and A.R. Rahman has teamed up with the Sakhi director for one more time. Let us see whether the team made it to the success.

Title: Cheliyaa

Cast: Karthi, Aiditi Rao Hydari, Rukmini Vijay Kumar, RJ Balaji, Delhi Ganesh

Music: A.R. Rahman

Cinematography: S. Ravivarman

Editing: A. Sreekar Prasad

Story–Production-Direction: Maniratnam

Distribution: Dil Raju

Banner: Madras Talkies, Sri Venkateswara Creations

Censor certificate: U

Run time: 2:20 hours

Release date: 7th April


Varun (Karthi), a fighter pilot gets injured in an accident. Leela Abraham (Aditi Rao Hydari) who is a doctor appointed for civil services, treats his injuries. Varun catches Leela’s attention at the first sight as he is her first patient. The young couple develop an emotional bond with each other and initially Leela finds it tough to handle Varun’s aggressive nature.

Later Varun joins the Cargil War  and will be caught to imprisonment by the Pakisthan army. How he escapes and gets back to his love forms the rest of the story.


Karthi looks good as a fighter pilot and his performance as an aggressive young man is impressive. Aditi Rao Hydari has done a spectacular job as Leela and her expressions bring out all the romance in the film. Rukmini, RJ Balaji and Delhi Ganesh were decent in their roles.

Technical Aspects:

Visuals are a huge asset for the romantic drama and cinematography is what people would instantly fall in love with. Other than a couple of songs, A.R. Rahman’s album does not impress the audiences whereas his background score is topnotch. Editing could have been crisp as the second half lacks the pace and goes too predictable. Production values are good.

Director Maniratnam has come up with a fresh theme to portray the same kind of emotion which might go well with only those who love his style of films. He starts the plot on an interesting note and continues it with decent romance which turns predictable to the end. However he will not disappoint his fans with Cheliyaa.


Karthi, Aditi Rao


Background score

Romantic scenes


Slow narration

Lagging second half


Lack of commercial elements

Final verdict:

Cheliyaa is a typical Maniratnam flick that impresses those who loved the earlier films of Maniratnam but make sure the expectations are low. The slow narration and predictable second half makes it tough for the audiences to hold onto the movie till the end whereas cinematography and background score have all the worth. Watch it if you love slow paced romantic flicks.


Deccan Report rating: 2.5/5

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