Cheliya Review : Mani, Give Back My Money

Film: Cheliya
Rating: 2/5
Director: Mani Ratnam
Cast: Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari,
Producer: Mani Ratnam and Sirish
Release Date: Apr 07, 2017


Director Mani Ratnam’s directorial film ‘Cheliyaa’, Starring Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari, is released today in 1500 Screens World Wide. After a success of ‘Ok Bangaram’ with Dulquer Salman, Mani Ratnam is back with another romantic-drama ‘Cheliyaa’, set in Kargil war backdrop. Has the movie lived up to all the hype?


Varun/VC (Karthi), an Indian Airforce military pilot, is captured by Pakistani army during the Kargil War 1999. In the prison, he recalls his love story with a doctor Leela Abraham (Aditi Rao Hydari). He first sees her in hospital when he met with an accident during a trip. Eventually, both fall in love with each other but soon issues arise because of their opposite nature and misunderstandings. Will they meet again? Will VC come out of the Pakistani jail? Forms the rest of the story.

What’s Good:

Background Music
Kashmir locations

What’s Bad:

Second Half
Boring Screenplay


The movie starts with a Kargil war backdrop just for the sake of hero introduction. Mani Ratnam tried to show differing personalities of hero and heroine and the fights between them in a complete unconvincing way.

One of the main reason why people watch Mani Ratnam movies is because of the way he showcases the romance between the lead pair, but here the lead pair romance is the major drawback for this film because of the poor screenplay, which forces you to bang your head on your front seat.

This movie will make you loath Mani Ratnam and you will wonder does he still have his magic left with him after all these years. Only saving grace in the film is beautiful Kashmir locations, but hey we have lot of youtube videos if we want to watch how beautiful Kashmir is, we don’t need to pay and sit for 140 minutes to realize that.

This film is neither romantic, nor patriotic or dramatic but a stale mixture of all the three. The dialogues should be given oscar award for the most meaningless conversations ever written between the lead pair. There is a dialogue between hero and heroine in plane, when heroine says I am sister of your friend then our hero asks heroine to laugh and says, yes - your brother also laughs like you. This is not a comedy scene; this is a serious conversation between hero and heroine. Another one goes like "Morugutunav German Shepard laga" heroine tells hero. This is just an example, there are many more masterpieces in the movie. Even our Telugu serial writers can give much better dialogues that this.

Result: Mani, Give Back My Money.