His movies are like summer rain that are enjoyed thoroughly; The movies from the renowned film director, Mani Ratnam. He is well known for his subtle screenplay and portrayal of natural stories with precision. One of the few aspects that I admire in Mani’s movie is that the whole crew of the movie know their expectation in their roles and exhibit sublime quality of acting.
O Kadhal Kanmani (English: Oh Love, Apple of my Eye), also known as OK Kanmani, is another romantic movie, written, directed and produced by Mani Ratnam.
The plot goes like this:
The hero of the movie, Adi, a strikingly vibrant youngster, is a developer of computer games. He lives with an elderly couple Mr.Ganapathy, a retired Bank employee and his wife Mrs.Bhavani, an Alzheimer patient. Thara, a charming young girl, is an architect living in a hostel accommodation.
The story starts with, like-minded, youngsters, Adi and Thara, meeting accidentally and falling in quick acquaintances and becoming closer in relation, faster than the time taken by a shooting star to appear and disappear. They both are like-minded in their perspectives on live-in relationship on contrast to getting married. Soon they realize they fall in love.
I couldn’t fathom out with the desperation of the strangers and their pace of getting along so quickly. It was like a quick uphill in the roller coaster and little I know that there is soon a transition in the movie. And then I waited.
Adi and Thara decide to live together and then Adi approaches Mr.Ganapathy and request him to approve the stay of Thara with him. Initially Ganapathy doesn’t approve but then gets touched by Thara’s musical skill that soothes his wife having mutual passionate interest in music. Bhavani was a famous carnatic singer. That’s when the plot twists with Ganapathy’s decision to allow Adi and Thara to live together. The love blends in and lest we understand the movie has a parallel, matured love story trailed by that of the naive youngsters’. The elderly couple, Ganapathy and Bhavani are the supporting pillars of the movie and the director has placed a gently stream of love flowing between them. There is an unconditional love exhibited between Ganapathy and Bhavani. The interesting but funny story of Ganapathy’s love encounter with the then Carnatic star Bhavani was like an icing on the cake.
“The right moment and the right person dont come in life at all times, but when they do, you have to grab them”, says Ganapathy about his love marriage with Bhavani.
Adi and Thara slowly understand the intense love and dedication existing between Mr.Ganapathy and his wife, Bhavani. They understand that marriage is not a commitment shackling one’s freedom but is about falling in love again and again during hardships and stand for the love of life, forever. Marriage is like a perennial river carrying love and flows throughout the life.
I also liked the natural casting of Adi’s brother and his wife. They are like the fillers in finer crests and troughs in the story that gave a smooth progression.
Notable scenes include the Bhavani sitting under a tree getting drenched in rain. And When Adi and Thara rushed to her, she naively responded that she forgot her way back home. In another scene when Bhavani disappeared from home and Thara and Adi went in search of her. The search was carefully utilized and the director ploys and brings out the intense love of the amateur youngsters and the frenzy of the story kept me on the edge of my seat.
The movie ends with Adi and Thara getting married and then Adi flying to the Americas to pursue his job.
I left the seat with refreshing sense of joy that I fail to explain because the words got lost between my head and the computer keypad, may be because of a sense of happiness.