O Kadhal Kanmani is a light-hearted Tamil romantic drama written and directed by Mani Ratnam. Produced by Mani’s own production house Madras Talkies, O Kadhal Kanmani (also known as OK Kanmani), is a convincing story beautifully told by actors who happen to completely morph into the roles they get to play.
Starring Malayalam actors Nithya Menon (playing Tara) and Dulquer Salmaan (playing Aadi), OK Kanmani features Prakash Raj, Prabhu Lakshman, Leela Samson, Ramya Subramaniam, B.V. Doshi (in a cameo) , and Kanika (in another cameo). Cinematography has been done by P. C. Sreeram and editing has been handled by A. Sreekar Prasad. Music has been composed by the brilliant A. R. Rahman and song lyrics have been penned by Vairamuthu.
The narrative of OK Kanmani is able to connect with the viewers, courtesy its poignantly romantic moments and beautifully emotional scenes that make it hard for the audience to blink back tears. Have this not always been the highlights of movies made by the evergreen ace director Mani Ratnam? Combined with soul-stirring music and poetic cinematography, the entire package of OK Kanmani fulfills expectations and goes beyond.
Exploring the institution named “marriage” and weighing its relevance in the present-day society, OK Kanmani, with its old and acclaimed team of Mani, Sreeram, Rahman, and Vairamuthu, wins hearts. The urban youth, Aadi, is played perfectly by Dulquer while Nithya, not portrayed as just another glamorous girl, oozes a refreshing individuality. She is thus successful in giving life to Tara who also has a mind of her own. The character played by Leela Samson is a veteran Carnatic singer which is why there is an unmistakable Carnatic flavor throughout the film’s music that blends the past with the present. The original soundtrack which is trendy and modern goes excellently well with the modern-Mumbai setting that the movie has.
Overall, the eagerly-awaited O Kadhal Kanmani is a heartwarming and enjoyable romantic treat from Mani Ratnam.
O Kadhal Kanmani – Mani Ratnam Wins Hearts, Again!
Baasky asking some questions to ManiRatnam about the Story of Oh Kadhal Kanmani