Cheliya: It is really a challenge for Karthi to work with Maniratnam
Hyderabad: Though Karthi is a well-known face for the Telugu audiences with films like Awara, Sakuni, Yuganiki Okkadu and he is also known as the brother of popular Tamil / Telugu actor Suriya. However, he has become more popular after he played in a straight Telugu movie ‘Oopiri’ (Tozha in Tamil) and he shared the screen with Nagarjuna and Milky Beauty Tamannah.
Now he got a chance to play in the direction of popular director Maniratnam for a film titled ‘Katru Veliyadai’. The Tamil version was bankrolled by Maniratnam himself on the banner of Madras Talkies. Because Karthi is well known artiste for Telugu audiences, the film has been dubbed into Telugu as ‘Duet’ by Dil Raju on the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations.
However, for the reasons best known to the makers, the title has been changed to ‘Cheliya’. The film would be simultaneously released in both Tamil and Telugu languages on April 7. After the announcement of the release date, the film makers have unveiled a two-and-a-half-minute teaser. Aditi Rao Hydari is the female lead opposite Karthi and AR Rahman scored tunes for the movie. The teaser is very impressive and has the signature of Maniratnam and is in his own inimitable style. The film was shot in Chennai, Hyderabad and Kashmir. Maniratnam is an expert in bringing out the love stories and this film is no exception to it. All the songs are very melodious.