cheliyaa movie review

Cheliyaa Movie Review

Cheliyaa is the latest movie starring Karthi and Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari as the leads under the direction of Mani Ratnam. Karthi is working as a hero with Mani Ratnam for the first time. The duo shared a bond from 2004 itself when Karthi worked as an assistant director under him for Aayutha Ezhuthu movie.

Mani Ratnam after the hit of OK Bangaram in 2015 produced the remake of the same in Bollywood titled as OK Jaanu. He is now back with another love story. Sri Thenandral Films is distributing the movie in Tamil. Tollywood producer Dil Raju is presenting the Telugu version of the Film under his Sri Venkateswara Creations.

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The recently released trailers got a positive response. Amid high hopes and expectations, the movie finally got released on 7th April. Here is the Cheliyaa movie review:

Cheliyaa Movie Cast and Crew

  • Movie Name: Cheliyaa
  • Language: Telugu
  • Cast: Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari, K.P.A.C.Lalitha, Shraddha Srinath, etc..
  • Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Mani Ratnam
  • Music Director: A.R.Rahman
  • Production Company: Madras Talkies
  • Release Date: 7 April 2017

Cheliyaa Movie Story Plot :

Cheliya movie story revolves around Officer Varun(Karthi), a military pilot who is held as a prisoner of war. He remembers the romance with the love of his life Dr. Leela Abraham(Aditi Rao Hydari), a local doctor. The movie starts with the scene of Indo-Pak Kargil war in 1999.The first half of the movie completely revolves around how Varun met Leela.

Some hilarious scenes that happen in the hospital and how love struck these two. How was he caught as a prisoner and did this fated love story between the leads face a happy ending? Forms the rest of the story. The movie will wakes the patriotism in each and every one.

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Cast Performance:

Karthi always tries to show a new side of him in every project he takes up. In this movie, Karthi played the role of a military pilot. He entertained the audience well with his performance. Though his role in his previous film Kashmora got mixed response, this Awaara hero worked hard for this movie. This is the second Tamil film of Aditi Rao Hydari after Sri Nagaram. She is seen as a local doctor. Veteran actress K.P.A.C.Lalitha appeared as Acchamma in the Cheliyaa movie.

Technical Aspects:

Cheliyaa is a full-fledged Mani Ratnam mark love story. He is one of the few directors who combines the two delicate genres: Love and Patriotism. He portrayed how love blossomed between a military pilot and a doctor beautifully. Mani Ratnam-A.R.Rahman combination is a truly a masterpiece.

The music composed by Rahman has already got a huge positive response. The background music is truly astounding. Art Director Amaran and production designer Sharmishta Roy picked the beautiful locations in Kashmir for shooting. Sham Kaushal choreographed the action scenes in Leh and Ladakh.

Some scenes are shooted in Belgrade, Serbia, and Hyderabad too. Cinematographer, Ravi Varman did an admirable job. Editing by A.Sreekar Prasad is good.


  • Karthi
  • Music
  • War Scenes
  • Locations
  • Screenplay


  • Lagging Scenes
  • Story

Cheliyaa Movie Rating: (3/5)

Judgement :

The run-time is cut short to 140 minutes without any unnecessary scenes. The fresh heart-warming love story in breathtaking locations with fantastic background music is an eye candy. The Indo-Pak war scenes and the screenplay make the audience stick to their chairs the entire time.Finally,Cheliyaa is a twisted love story with a military backdrop. Action-Romance lovers will definitely like this emotional roller coaster.

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