Mani Ratnam clarifies on Kaatru Veliyidai controversy

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Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Mani Ratnam clarifies on Kaatru Veliyidai controversy

Perhaps for the first time, acclaimed filmmaker has come out to clarify few points in his film after critics made some charges. The acclaimed filmmaker, who had been doing films since 1985 and rendered many blockbusters, has finally opened his mouth post release for one of his movies.

There is a sequence in the film, where the Indian prisoners Karthi and two friends, escape from a Pakistani prison and their army men. Some reviewers have been quizzing the authenticity of this sequence. So, here is the true story behind this sequence.

The statement further reads, 'When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on December 10, 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life. On 13 August 1972, Parulkar along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi.” Mani Ratnam further said that the story of their escape was written as a book called Four Miles To Freedom by Faith Johnston.

'Kaatru Veliyidai borrows incidents from this book. Most of what Karthi and his friends do to escape is from real incidents'.

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