Qaidi The Jail Break (Kaatru Veliyidai) 2019

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Qaidi The Jail Break (Kaatru Veliyidai) 2019
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Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by Mani Ratnam
Written by Mani Ratnam
Starring Karthi
Aditi Rao Hydari
Music by A. R. Rahman
Qutub-E-Kripa (Background score)
Cinematography Ravi Varman
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Madras Talkies
Distributed by Sri Thenandal Films
Release date
  • 7¬†April¬†2017
Running time
140 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil


The film begins with a shot of the Kargil War showing the advances made by Indian soldiers. An Indian Air Force fighter jet is shot down by the enemy. The pilot Varun Chakrapani aka VC (Karthi) ejects from the hit aircraft and lands in enemy territory. The Pakistani Army promptly surrounds him. They imprison him in the Rawalpindi as a Prisoner of War (PoW) and subject him to torture. While being held captive, he reminisces about his romance with Leela (Aditi Rao Hydari).

Leela comes to Srinagar to work as a doctor. Meanwhile, VC has an accident while on a joy ride. He is brought in a critical condition to the hospital. With the duty doctor not available, Leela takes charge, treats VC and nurses him back to health. But, with little regard to her feelings, he gets out of the hospital without her knowledge. Dr. Illyas Hussain (RJ Balaji), an army doctor helps him with this .

When Leela comes to know about it, she and Nidhi (Rukmini Vijayakumar), her colleague confront Illyas about it. Illayas then arranges for Leela and Nidhi to come to an Airforce meeting the following week and there they meet VC. VC impresses her with his excellent dance moves at the Ball. He tells her she should meet him at the Flying Club the next Saturday at 5 pm if she likes him back. Leela accepts and VC takes her for a joy ride in his private aircraft to apologize for running away from the hospital.

VC gets to know that Leela is his course pilot's Ravi Abraham's sister, who died in a flight which VC was supposed to fly in. Both develop feelings for each other. Later, Leela doesn't meet VC for 2 months and questions Illyas about his whereabouts. He reveals that VC has orders to be in a camp at Leh Military base for 3 months. Leela and Nidhi go to meet him. When VC asks whether Leela came to meet him, she says yes. But also that she wanted to see the place where her brother Ravi died. He takes her to the spot. Slowly she realises that VC has a dark side to his personality, which is very different from what she has seen.



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