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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam / Nawab – Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “The Resurgence of Mani Ratnam!

The feeling when a master story-teller coming back with a bang is pretty unmatchable. Mani Ratnam, who is always a class apart, has proved why he is the best in the industry once again with this multi-starrer. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is the kind of movie we all were looking forward from Mani Ratnam and he has finally delivered a quality commercial film.

The movie revolves around three brothers Varadhan, Thyagu and Ethi, fighting against each other to ascend the throne after their father, Senapathy (Prakash Raj), a business tycoon cum gangster. 

So there a lot of fan theories and write-ups online explaining the story or where it is adapted from and I don’t want to do the same and let me keep it straight and simple. Mani Ratnam has the ability to present a simple story in an extraordinary way with his unique filmmaking skills. The most intriguing aspect of this movie is the way the characters are sketched and the way the actors justified the writings with their immense acting skills.
 

Arvind Swami as Varadhan, the eldest son of Senapathy, takes care of the business and other dealings in Chennai along with his father. The character is tempered as well as vulnerable. He wants to be the boss but couldn’t make the correct decisions and he is letdown by betrayal. Arun Vijay as Thyagu, the second son, takes care of the business in Dubai along with his wife Renu (Aishwarya Rajesh). The character has the shades of Victor from Yennai Arindhal, a role which Arun Vijay is known for, but Thyagu is much classier and does the role with ease and attitude. 

Simbu aka STR as Ethi, the last son, the mischief one, does illegal business in Serbia with his girlfriend Chaya (Dayana Erappa). This is definitely a great comeback for Simbu after being criticised for his lacklustre performance in AAA. His mannerism, screen presence, and his capableness to allure the audience with personality are very much enjoyable. Vijay Sethupathi as Rasool plays the role of a suspended cop and dear friend of Varadhan. This is Vijay Sethupathi’s third release this year and he was funny with his wit and dialogue delivery. As usual, he uses his strength and gives his best.

 

The film didn’t have a solid female character which every Mani Ratnam film has, except for Jyothika as Varadhan’s wife. The roles of Aditi Rao Hydari, Dayana Erappa, Aishwarya Rajesh or Jaya Sudha didn’t make a mark. A.R.Rahman always saves his best for Mani Ratnam. In that way, he elevates the film with his scintillating background score and the adequate uses of songs without being fully shot and the use of ‘Sevandhu Pochu Nenje’ as a song as well as background score is gratifying. 

Finally, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a well-crafted multi-starrer, high on action and emotions, backed by the star’s acting, Rahman’s music and Santhosh Sivan’s magic with the camera. Though the film lacked depth and had predictable twists, the movie as a whole is very much enjoyable and satisfying. 

My Rating – 3.25/5 | Grade – B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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