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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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Vikram Vedha - Movie Review

Verdict – “Dark, Deep, Raw and Fine Filmmaking!”

Vikram (R. Madhavan) is a rough, fierce cop whose only aim is to eliminate a ruthless gangster. He is married to Priya (Shraddha Srinath), who is a lawyer and also has a soft side in his heart despite being merciless. Madhavan is a perfect choice for the role as he pulls it off with ease with his evergreen charm and screen presence.

Vedha (Vijay Sethupathy) is the most feared North Madras Gangster, who is on a run as Vikram and his special team of police wants to encounter him and his gangster-friends. Vijay Sethupathy as Vedha is the latest baddie in the tinsel town. With his look, laugh, comical body language, dialogue delivery, Vijay Sethupathy produces what’s needed utmost for the characters evil outlook and joins the elite club of baddies in Tamil Cinema. 

Pushkar and Gayathri are serious couple goals. The director duo is only three films old yet the never failed to impress us with their narrative style and direction. Coming up with a not so new base story, however, the way in which they have recited is what that matters the most. 

Bringing the mythological characters Vikramaditya and Vedhalam as the main leads characters, every time Vikram catches Vedha, the latter narrates a story from his life and ask him for his judgment on what he should have done during that situation. But Vikram realizes only later that Vedha has given him hints through the story he had narrated to him.
 
In the end, backed up by sheer acting skills of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy, top notch technical brilliance and intense background score, Vikram Vedha is definitely one of the best movies to be released this year and one of the finest crime thriller made in Tamil Cinema Industry with deep characters. 

My Rating – 4/5
Grade – A (The best one around!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Naanum Rowdy Dhaan – Movie Review

Verdict: "A visually rich film which is totally enjoyable in every aspect." 

‘Pondy’ Pandi’s (Vijay Sethupathy) only aim from childhood is to become a rowdy. But his Mother (Radhikaa) who is a cop, takes all necessary steps to make him a Police.  Without his mother’s knowledge, he becomes a self-made ruffian with his friends. 

Meanwhile, he meets Kadhambari (Nayanthara), who seeks his help only to know that he is actually not a rowdy.  Eventually, they both fall in love and he learns that her only aim is to eradicate ‘Gilli” Vallavan (R.Parthiban). Why does she want to kill him? Do they both succeed in killing a terrific rowdy? The movie answers these questions in the climax. 

Vijay Sethupathy gives a great come-back with Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. His dialogue delivery, body language looks enjoyable than his earlier movies.  Teaming up with RJ Balaji, both of them make us laugh our socks off. 

Nayanthara steals the shows with her looks. She had given her career-best performance as a deaf girl and looks gorgeous and extremely adorable in this movie and her costumes and hair style add to her beauty. With back-to-back movies, Nayanthara ruled Kollywood this year. 

R.Parthiban as the cool dude villain makes us freak out and laugh. He was at his best in the climax scenes. All other actors did their assigned jobs to the best of their ability. 

Director Vignesh Sivan comes up with a simple and predictable plot and makes it in an entertaining way. With the help of all technicians, he doesn’t bore you in any of the scenes. George C. Williams’s cinematography is top-notch. The movie looks colorful through his lens and has captured the locals of Pondicherry in a vibrant way. 

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’s biggest positive and backbone is Anirudh’s music. The songs were well placed, euphonious and ear pleasing. The song ‘Thangamey’ had been well choreographed and Sid Sriram deserves applause for the soulful rendition of the song “Ennai Matrum Kaadhaley”. 

Finally, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is a perfect movie to watch with your family and friends this weekend.  This movie will surely entertain you in these festival holidays and worth your money too.

My Rating: 3.5/5
Grade: B+ (Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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