OK Kanmani, a refreshing love story !

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.

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And she waited

She looked teary-eyed, Khateeja, the newly-wed wife, as she folded the bundle of pages into the envelope finishing her first hand-written letter to her better half, who departed overseas last week, soon after their marriage. Stretching her arms, she looked down the bed, wearily, as it was full of colorful pens and highlighters and other stationery objects that hurdled her to sleep.

The clock ticked forty five past ten, as she arranged her bed as she went into dream to visualize her longing thoughts. She had been busy for past two days, collating everything in her mind and send in a single letter.

“It’s going to reach him in another 6 days”, she thought.

As she dispatched the envelope the next morning, her eyes are set along the road that connected to the post-office, like a telescope tilted to set on focus by an earnest astronomer anticipating a spectacular space event.

Indeed it’s like a shooting star; the letters from her husband. And she waited.

Valentine’s day and Love? Are you sure?

If you think Valentine’s day is celebrated for a fairy tale happy-ending love story or a symbol of romance and love, you’re living in the days of ignorance and deception. It has no trivial connection with Layla and Majnun or the tragic love of Romeo and Juliet. Valentine’s day is nowhere near Love, in fact.

I’ve an intensely inquisitive mind towards blind following of rituals or mainstream customary practices without actually knowing the sensible cause or history of it. Valentine’s day is approaching and I became nosy about the subject.

According to the Christian literature of biographies of lives of saints in the primitive times, Valentine was a saint who lived sometime in 4th century or earlier than that. There were more than one saint with the same mention of the name as well.

The plot, according to popular hagiography, goes back to the timeline when he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. [This event at least stands close in connection with love]. And in other recordings, he was heading the Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire and then detained in jail for the aforementioned cause. During his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius (no mention of any further detail). An exaggerated decoration to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Poets are known for these kind of exaggeration.

Another history states that numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Followed by the death of the saint, the day was associated with romantic love and also the feast day of St.Valentine is also given in the calendar of the Saints.

Although the authenticity of the biography of St.Valentine is not clear, February 14, actually has remarkable connection to martyr-hood and bravery than love, I would say.

So if you are content with the celebration of Valentine’s day with your loved one, you are remembering the death of an ancient Roman saint, whose biography doesn’t have an authentic recording of the actual event. The media and business corporations created the blend of romantic love and February 14. If you want to celebrate love with your loved one, you don’t have to wait for any particular day. Love is 24 x 7 for 365 days, isn’t it? 

And before you intend to ask someone “will you be my Valentine“, think and know what you wish for.

source: wikipedia.org