Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review & Rating|
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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam marks the return to form for the magician of Mani Ratnam!
No other things are needed to prove that the film is a sure shot winner. Now, coming to the story of the film, It is an old saga of a gangster family where the sons love and hate their father. Want the throne for themselves and in order to achieve it, they go to any lengths like eliminating their siblings come what may.
Do we need to further dwell on the story? Well! Here it is. Senapathi is is an aging gangster father and his elder son Varatharajan leads the pack by staying in the vicinity of his father. The second is Thyagaraja aka Thyagu played by Arun Vijay. And the third son is away from the family in Bulgaria like Michael Corleone in The Godfather with which this film is going to be compared. An attempt is made on the father's life and the sons unite to find the culprit.
Enter Rasool Ebrahim played by the ever-dependable Vijay Sethupathi. Vijay Sethupathi provides a bit of comic relief through his innocent looking antic foreshadowing a twist in the second half. Rasool is the trusted friend of Varathan, an aggressive avatar of Arvind Swami. But circumstances lead to a point when Senapathi suddenly dies one night in sleep and the brothers start to take sides and even Rasool deserts Varathan who becomes a lone wolf hunting.
First, let's start with the cast.
1. Arvind Swami as the aggressive elder son with an eye on the throne (all the brothers want to head the family business) has given an innovative twist with his acting. His performance as the lone wolf in the second half is a bit relegated to the second half as it becomes the standoff between the second son Ethirajan aka Eti played by the surprise packet Simbu.
2. Coming to Simbu, he gave his career best performance is an understatement. Be it the romantic scenes or the all-out war sequences where he shows his shrewd side, he steals the show in the second half and slowly but steadily takes the control from the hands of Arvind Swami. His mannerisms and body language add to the myth-making.
3. Arun Vijay as the third son is good but pales in comparison with the stalwarts of the other actors. That doesn't mean he didn't so well. He punched above his weight.
4. Jyothika as the wife of Varathan is good in her role and she adds weight to the role. It is a case of stars making the character speak with just their presence.
5. Aditi Rao Hydari is brilliant in the role of a journalist and lover of Varathan. She shined in the sequences with Arvind Swami.
6. Dayana Erappa and Aishwarya Rajesh did their best within the limitations of their roles. The best thing is they are not just used as props. Their roles move the story forward.
7. The character artist hit-pair of Jaya Sudha and Prakash Raj similarly added weight to the proceedings with their performances. Prakash Raj is Senapathi and Jaya Sudha is his wife and the matriarch of the family. Full stop.
8. Vijay Sethupathi as Rasool Ebrahim is who keeps the proceedings tick when the film feels like slowing a bit. His body language, expressions, styling, and even the dialogue delivery keep the audience glued to the seats.
Now, it's time to talk about Mani Ratnam. he back! Enough said.
Comig to A. R. Rahman's music, despite a couple of catchy songs, he failed to deliver the music we expect from an A. R. Rahman - Mani Ratnam film. But the background score he comosed is a lesson for the youngsters who want to learn the nuances of the trade. The way he portrayed the depths of the hearts of the characters with mere sounds... Maestro.
The cinematography by Santhosh Sivan is first rate. A veteran of Mani Ratnam camp, he created the atmosphere and and the visuals are britsling with life. Things happen before our eyes. Not on the screen. The editing could have been a bit tight in the first half but you'll forget about it by the time the second half clocks the half way mark. The breakneck pace of the latter half of the film is... well... breathtaking.
On a whole, Mani Ratnam is back.
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Ah, ChekkaChivantha Vaanam! The highly anticipated Mani Ratnam directorial is here in the theatres today starting with the early morning shows at 5 AM. Starring a host of top-class talents like Arvind Swami, Simbu, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh, and the ever-dependable Vijay Sethupathi, multi-starrers cannot get bigger than this. But still, it's a Mani Ratnam film shows how larger than life has Mani's image as a director has grown despite all the recent setbacks he has been facing. Whatever, the film started with a generally positive response all over.
Arvind Swami's performance as the temperamental elder son started to received initial applause among the stars in the film. Simbu is also said to have done a great job in his role. It seems it becomes a novel writing competition if we write about everything in the film. Top-notch action and the vintage Mani Ratnam is on the show with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. The proceedings started with a sure-handed authority in terms of narration from Mani Ratnam and every actor receive some spotlight moments among the huge cast.
It is a welcome return to the gritty gangster genre for Mani Ratnam. If the first half is okayish, the second half is the life for the film and overall Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a fine example of for a multi-starrer. Vijay Sethupathi's character generally has the lighter moments among the others and he has done a fantastic job.
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What is Chekka Chivantha Vaanam about?
Tamil gangster films have a special place in Indian film history. In fact, one made by Mani Ratnam, Nayagan was listed in the All-Time 100 Best Films by the famous TIME Magazine. Now, the same Mani Ratnam is revisiting the genre which gained him international fame and acclaim. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a film made by Mani Ratnam with a vengeance to regain his apparently lost mojo.
A cast of characters that includes Arvind Swami, Jyothika, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Arun Vijay can always be said to be explosive. Add to that, a director of Mani Ratnam's stature, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is an event film. Nowadays when a bit older generation needs a special pull towards the theatres to watch films, nothing that releases this week matches the pull of this epic gangster drama.
Mani Ratnam's usual suspects like A. R. Rahman, Santhosh Sivan, and the brand of the iconic Madras Talkies all add to the weight of the film. Starting with the 5 AM shows on 27 September 2018, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam plays in the theatres nearby you. Expectations are never higher in recent memory for a Mani Ratnam film.
What to expect from Chekka Chivantha Vaanam?
An epic saga told by Mani Ratnam
The scale of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam can better be left to the imaginations of the audience. Such a stellar cast, top class technicians, and most importantly they are guided by the assured hand of Mani Ratnam. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a crime saga. As told by Mani Ratnam. In his inimitable style. Godfather might have been adapted to the screens by many, but none made it Indianized as Mani Ratnam did. Another maverick filmmaker who gave the story to Mani Ratnam's Thiruda Thiruda can come a close second to the power with which Mani Ratnam tells the saga.
Arvind Swami! Jyothika! Simbu! Vijay Sethupathi! Every one of these four actors enjoyed stardom at various points of time to varying degrees. They can still pull the audience to the theatres on their own without any padding. Arvind Swami returned to stardom by playing the most loved villain in recent memory. Dr. Siddharth Abhimanyu. Jyothika is still ruling the roost. Simbu still has a fan following. We have seen how much Vijay Sethupathi rose in the last few years. Makkal Selvan! Ah! Mani Ratnam assembled a top class pool of talents is an understatement.
A. R. Rahman and Santhosh Sivan
Academy Award winner. Leave that outside. A. R. Rahman is the true heir to the maestro Ilaiya Raja in the Indian music pantheon. Still the undisputed king of Indian music composers. When he works for Mani Ratnam, magic flows through his veins. Music flows through him. Not just blood. Enough said. Santhosh Sivan is one of the foremost cinematographers India has produced. A world-class talent. Their presence adds a huge weight to Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.
...and the rest
Prakash Raj plays the patriarch of the family. Jayasudha most probably the matriarch. A pair made in heaven when it comes to character artists. No character artist duo inspire such fan following than these two. Aishwarya Rajesh, Dayana Erappa, Thiyagarajan, Mansoor Ali Khan etc. round off the support cast in this film. All this makes Chekka Chivantha Vaanam a true event film this weekend. One of the few this year. The rest depends on how Mani Ratnam weaved his magic on the celluloid.
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