Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Review)

Great mix of action and music. Violence and music play a vital part in this simple tale of hunger for power. You will be drawn deep into the storyline from the first few scenes on screen. The film keeps you in its grip from start to end and will leave you discussing and praising it. Nothing in this movie is too much— not the music, not the action, not the drama. Every scene in the movie is perfect. There were also quite a few humorous moments. As far as I can see, there’s no moment when rhythm is not steady, and the story lacks focus.

Mani Ratnam

My favorite moment in the film is when Prakash Raj asks Jayasudha if she wants to know the ‘name’. Her answer ‘no’ was so touching. Jayasudha’s scenes with Silambarasan are beautifully presented, especially their meeting at Renu’s apartment. As Silambarasan explains what he wants, memories of ‘Mother India’ came to my mind. I wish I had a better memory because there are some awesome lines in this. The lines make you laugh out loud, and also touch your heart. And… then the entire climax portion literally blows me away.

“Chekka Chivantha Vaanam” is the bloodiest, coolest, most entertaining film by Mani Ratnam. It’s like Mani Ratnam in “Thiruda Thiruda” mode. At a few places, it doesn’t look like a typical Mani Ratnam film, such as the Godown-Arun Vijay scene, the first scene after the interval, the intro portion of Silambarasan, but they are still good. I felt as if he wanted to show how it would be if Mani Ratnam is targeting the box office. It’s well done, entertaining, and stylish in his unique style, hitting the right spot.

A Stylish Action Drama

Mani Ratnam possesses a unique approach in his films, setting them apart from others. A visual genius, he impeccably executes this film. The richness on screen and the theatrical experience are so profound that even the highest praise may seem like a mere observation. I could elaborate endlessly on its strengths and why it stands as a phenomenal entertainer.

Star Cast

A star-studded movie is adorned with supremely stylish performances from the lead actors. The top four excel as expected, and other major characters are also crafted into complex individuals, especially Chithra (Jyothika) and Renu (Aditi Rao Hydari). The cast is exceptional, featuring Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Silambarasan, and Arun Vijay. The film is so rich in characters that it’s practically impossible to select a favorite.

Vijay Sethupathi stands out in the ensemble cast, and it’s amazing how his eyes express so much even with a blink. Sooner or later, he will be termed as one of the greatest actors of all time. Arun Vijay’s performance is subtle, while Arvind Swami convincingly portrays the personality and swagger. The veteran actor scores! Silambarasan is exceptional, commanding the screen after a long time. He steals many scenes.

AR Rahman

AR Rahman continues to be awesome as always; his music tracks fitting seamlessly into every scene. As much as the movie is action-oriented, it is also musical. ‘Sevandhu Poche…’ is electrifying, a perfect choice played at just the right times. One can watch the movie on the big screen multiple times for the soundtrack alone, making it a heavenly experience for musical-action film fans. With AR Rahman and Santhosh Sivan, Mani Ratnam’s “Chekka Chivantha Vaanam” is a triumph, bringing magic to the screen with full force.

While “Chekka Chivantha Vaanam” may not be in the same category as other Mani Ratnam greats like “Thalapathi” and “Nayakan,” it is still a remarkable film, one of the finest. This is the kind of action film that you’d watch multiple times—it’s intense, filled with action, a great story, and outstanding performances. It has all the elements of a winner. If you’re looking for a film that leaves you hungry for more, ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ is the one.

4 Rating

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About the Author

PS Arjun
Cinephile. Learning the art of filmmaking. Script Writer of Amutha (Tamil) and Pattaapakal (Malayalam). Filmmaker.

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