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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Trust Mani Ratnam to come up with best gangster movies. Years after ‘Nayakan’ and ‘Thalapathy’, the ace filmmaker has delivered his best in the recent times with yet another gangster flick- ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’.
Let us go straight into the story to understand things better. Senapathy (Prakash Raj) is Chennai’s biggest don who has interests in various businesses, both legal and illegal. He has three sons- Varadhan (Arvind Swamy), Thiyagu (Arun Vijay) and Ethi (STR).
While Varadhan is the trusted aide of Senapathy and stays with him, Thiyagu and Ethi take care of the family’s businesses in Dubai and Serbia, respectively. Varadhan is married to Chithra (Jyothika), Thiyagu to Renu (Aishwarya Rajesh) and Ethi is in love with Chaya (Dayana).
Besides, Varadhan has an affair with another woman (Aditi Rao Hydari) and his close friend is Rasool (Vijay Sethupathi), a suspended police officer. One day, Senapathy and his wife (Jayasudha) are brutally attacked by a duo posing as cops.
Varadhan informs his brothers about the incident and both Thiyagu and Ethi come to India. The trio start hunt to track down the assailants. In the meantime, Senapathy dies and the three siblings are now involved in a bitter battle for the throne.
Aravind Swamy looks bold and handsome even now, and delivers goods. Simbu wins with his swag and needs to reduce some kilos. Arun Vijay repeats his Yennai Arindhal act beautifully, while the winner is, no doubt, Vijay Sethupathi.
Among the leading ladies, Jyothika has more space and scope to perform. The others have just been used as collateral damages to their men’s faults (even Jyothika too). Thiyagarajan, who plays Chinnappadas, the arch-rival of Senapathys, is good.
A R Rahman always delivers his best stuff to Mani Ratnam and he is at it again in ‘CCV’ too. And Santosh Shivan proves why is the most celebrated cinematographer in these parts. His angles in the movie will be talked about for a long time.
To list out few cons, the script lacks depth and we don’t find ourselves linked with the characters. But for these little flaws, ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ is a racy story packed with twists and turns. Especially, don’t miss the climax twist.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5