Suhasini Mani Ratnam introduced ‘Action King’ Arjun from the Kadal team who went on to anchor the show. There was a lot of bonhomie as Arjun ragged Arvind Swamy about his long absence from movies. Arvind now 40 plus, still looks charming and debonair, as he was in his debut film Dalapathy nearly 22 years ago.
Another Mani Ratnam favourite of the 1980’s, Karthik, was asked by Arjun to introduce son Gautham. The seemed more like friends than a father-son duo and this had the crowd rooting for the young man.
Thulasi, looking gorgeous in a white dress was the cynosure of all eyes. Unfortunately, her mother Radha was held up in Mumbai and could not make it for the function. So Mani Ratnam himself introduced his heroine who is clearly in awe of her guru.
Vairamuthu who has written three of the five songs in the film made a long speech about his association with Mani Ratnam and ARR. His son Madhan Karky who has written two songs for the film, said he grew up on Mani–ARR music right from Roja
The icing on the cake was the way AR Rahman was introduced. It was a silent entry. But the way he mesmerised the audiences had to be seen to be believed.
When Arjun asked the maestro to render three of his favourite tunes he composed for Mani, within minutes he came up with the tunes. It was a magical few minutes on the piano and a beautiful rendition of hit song Adiye from the Kadal soundtrack.
It was an emotional moment when Mani Ratnam thanked Rahman for the memorable compositions he had gifted him in the last 20 years. You could feel the emotional bond that the composer shares with his mentor and director when he said, “Mani sir is my guru.”
“Meet the Kadal team” was one of the best shows in recent times. The function was well conceptualised, racy and was wrapped up in 55 minutes.