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Chanakyathanthram Review

U Action, Thriller 2 hrs 10 mins May 3, 2018
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Chanakyathanthram Review & Rating

Touted to be an investigative thriller inspired by the famous Chanaya stories, Chanakyathanthram is Malayalam thriller movie featuring Unni Mukundan, Anoop Menon, Sshivada, Shruti Ramachandran and Sai Kumar among others. The movie marks Kannan Thamarakulam's next venture after the insipid comedy thriller Achayans which failed to make an impact at the box office and is expected to give a breakthrough for the director as well as its lead actor Unni Mukundan. But does it? Read Chanakyathanthram review below.

Chanakyathanthram opens with a tensed up accident sequence. Soon the protagonist Arjun played by Unni Mukundan is established. Arjun is a brilliant young man with a passion for criminology. He joins a private detective agency and handles his assignments ably and quite successfully. During one of his investigations, he meets Andrea (Shruti) whom he falls in love with. Soon to his surprise, Arjun finds out that his next assignment involves Andrea. Things become more complicated when he realizes his lady boss (Sshivada) is wooing him and soon enough himself caught in the snare. 

Unni Mukundan pulls his character as intelligent and cunning detective quite convincingly. The actor shines in the different get-ups he flaunts as part of investigations. While rest of the cast puts up a spectacular show, matching Unni Mukundan in performance, Anoop Menon comes across as slightly disappointing. His character which is central to the plot is quite similar to the characters the actor has donned in the past and fails to create the desired impact. 

Kannan Thamarakulam has succeeded in bringing the best out of his actors this time. But despite that Chanakyathanthram falls flat as an action thriller. The background score composed by Shaan Rahman sticks out from the total mood of the film. While the cinematography, dialogues and some of the sequences are quite engaging. In short, Chankyathanthram could be a breakthrough for neither Kannan Thamarakkulam nor Unni Mukundan. But it certainly a movie that will be marked in the career of both the actor and the director.

Final Word: Unni Mukundan's Chanakyathanthram is an engaging film which offers a little suspense and occasional comedy. A perfect one time watch.

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What Is Chanakyathanthram About?

Starring Unni Mukundan in the lead role, Kannan Thamarakulam's latest directorial venture Chanakyathanthram is an action thriller movie inspired by the popular Chanakya stories. Scripted Dinesh Pallath, the film also stars Anoop Menon, Sai Kumar, Ramesh Pisharody and Dharmajan Bolgatty in the lead roles while Sshivada and Shruthi Ramachandran appear as the female leads.

What To Expect From Chanakyathanthram?

Unni Mukundan multiple get-ups and impressive performance

Chanakyathanthram features actor Unni Mukundan in multiple get-ups including a female avatar and the actor is presumably donning the role of a con-man. It is indeed one of the major attraction of this Kannan Thamarakkulam directorial. Going by the official trailer for the film, Unni Mukundan has delivered a power-packed performance in the movie and it would be a real treat for the fans of the actor. 

Anoop Menon's Role With A negative Shade 

Anoop Menon is touted to be seen in a negative role in Chanakyathanthram. He is an actor who has proved to carry such roles with a characteristic ease and the actor is expected to do a good job this time too. 

Sshivada's Bold Role

Actress Sshivada who is usually seen in village-belle/ loving wife roles is making her first outing in strong and bold character in Chanakyathanthram. The movie features her as CEO and it is already talk of the town that she has done a marvelous job in her new shoes. Shruthi Ramachandran also stars in a pivotal role in the film.

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