Poetry On Frame
The song teasers of Kaatru Veliyidai, have a profoundly poetic quality, be it in the framing and composition of shots, choice of locations, scenery and costumes, or the palpable quality of the picturisation of romance. Aditi is known to have a deep love for literature herself. Did she feel that she was living a poem as Mani Ratnam the master craftsman, breathed life into her character? Was she reminded of any poetic verse that drew a parallel even as she was shooting for it?
Aditi said: "Yes, definitely. It was as if poetry was coming to life on celluloid. To give an example, that sequence from the song Vaan Varuvaan, where I run towards Karthi and he holds me, it reminded me distinctly of a quote. As I filmed it, I recalled a line from the poem Snow, by Orhan Pamuk, which goes, 'Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world'."
Sanjay Leela Bhansali Vs Mani Ratnam
The talented actor is currently also part of another magnum opus, namely Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historic drama, Padmavati. Naturally, we want to know, her thoughts on the working styles of Mani Ratnam and Mr Bhansali. But she is reluctant to draw comparisons. "You can't compare these two filmmakers. Especially because, both of them have a body of work that is so iconic that it would require a lot of studying and a thesis to comment on it," she said.
Aditi, one of the few lucky heroines to have worked with both filmmakers in the industry, describes her experience as: "If I were to put it simply, I would say, that Mani sir is like micro economics; he creates drama in just the breath of the two actors. Sanjay sir is macro economics since his drama is larger than life."
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