Watched Kannathil Muthamittal, Mani Rathnam's latest movie yesterday. A good one. The child actress Keerthana was brilliant. Nanditha Das, Simran, Madhavan - all were good and I liked the song "Oru Daivam Thantha Poove..." and its pitcturization. It is a movie in typical Mani Rathnam pattern - a story with some political background, good photography and editing, nice songs and natural acting. The "special attraction" song he inserts in most of his movies was only missing. I wonder whether his next movie might be a love story in the background of Afghanistan.
Mani Rathnam is one of the highest star-valued Indian film directors at present. The first Mani Rathnam movie I saw was Roja, almost 10 years back, and I was thrilled to watch it. I hadn't seen many Hollywood movies that time; so, the photography and technical brilliance of the movie amazed me. I felt the climax of the movie was touching. Since Doordarshan shows the movie at least once in an year, I have seen it many times after that. I could enjoy it for the second time, and probably the third time. Every time I watch, I started picking up more and more negative aspects of the movie, and the climax and other scenes were no longer felt moving. Now I think I cant sit through a complete screening of "Roja" again. Is it because I have become more cynical or am I watching the movie with a kind of prejudice? What is there in certain movies and books that makes me watch them again and again or read them repeatedly? I don't want to make an analysis of this. Probably I will tell that is the difference between art and craft for me.