The audio launch of Mani Ratnam's Kaatru Veliyidai today (March 20) at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai was a simple, sweet and dignified one. No long speeches or unwanted drama.
"Thank you Rahman and Vairamuthu for bearing with me for twenty five years. You have to work with me for a few more years", said Mani Ratnam on a lighter note.
The maverick director looked very happy and he revealed that the film is an emotional love story set against the backdrop of Indian Air Force. "Even now Rahman searches for new sounds suiting the genre the film he is working and that's why he has reached great heights", praised Mani Ratnam.
AR Rahman was as usual ended his speech by thanking God. He also praised Mani Ratnam and Vairamuthu. Karthi, who worked as an assistant director with Mani Ratnam in Aayutha Ezhuthu recalled his early days. "Working with Mani Ratnam and Vairamuthu is a divine experience", said Rahman.
"I feel honored to play a fighter pilot in the film. After knowing their tough life style, I have a new found respect for the armed force that automatically I stand up whenever I see anyone from the army", said Karthi. The actor also thanked Rahman for the wonderful songs and cinematographer Ravi Varman for making him look so good.
"All I can say is Kaatru Veliyidai will be an intense love story and Mani Ratnam's research on Air Force and Fighter Pilots will be a major attraction ", added Karthi.
Suriya, who was there at the audio launch to encourage the team exclaimed how Mani Ratnam has been portraying romance in a different angle."We haven't seen Karthi like this before, he looks completely different, thanks to Mani sir. When I worked in Aayutha Ezhuthu, Karthi used to be his assistant. Now he's acting in Mani Ratnam's Madras Talkies and I'm sure it's a proud moment for him and our family", said Suriya.
The film's heroine Aditi gave a fantastic speech with lot of Tamil lines. He called Karthi a perfect gentleman. "My childhood dream was to work with Mani Ratnam, now it has happened finally with Kaatru Veliyidai", said the petite actress. Murali Ramaswamy of Sri Thenandal Films and Shibu Thameens who holds the Tamilnadu and Kerala rights was called up on stage and given audio CD's by the team.