I am on a movie re-watching spree, and I caught Kannathil Muthamittal today. Mani Ratnam can extract great performances from child artistes. That in part is responsible for Kannathil Muthamittal being among his finest movies. Much of the movie is in Sri Lanka, with the civil war providing a backdrop. Mani Ratnam doesn’t take sides as always (not unlike Roja), and the film is one of his best.

But just see how he has fallen since then! After Kannathil, Mani Ratnam’s resume reads:

2002 Kannathil Muthamittal

2004 Aayutha Ezhuthu (Yuva)

2007 Guru

2010 Raavan

All other movies had one thing in common: Abhishek Bachchan. To be fair, Abhishek’s lack of acting skills didn’t ruin those movies. But he was around. Just sayin’.

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Meanwhile, as Raavan readies itself for release, compare the Hindi trailer with the Thamirh one (Raavanan). Do you still want to see the Hindi version?

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