Chekka Chivantha Vaanam: An in-form Mani Ratnam hits this gangster film out of the park

“While people pump each other with bullets, Rahman’s music remains observant while being strangely detached. It’s a shrug of the narrator’s shoulder, at the unstoppable tragedy of it all.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a shining example of song integration into story. Pay attention to how variations of Sevandhu Pochu Nenju get used in this film in bits and pieces. Or even better, how about Mazhai Kuruvi, which transforms from love to lament?”

Lights… camera… swap!

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Revathi: Divya was a lot like me

“That’s what amazed me about Mani—that a man could think about these things. It’s not easy. Even when my friends got married, I didn’t think about this.”