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Fast-paced but fails to be the epic it should be and turns out to be rushed and ineffective.
An intense crime thriller, the acting of everyone involved is top notch, and the climax is especially epic
The usual drama thriller with an ensemble cast to carry the movie but a predictive narrative that falls a few rungs short of expectations of a typical Mani Ratnam movie.
One of the extreme casualties with multi starers is the burden of expectations. When the film boasts of A-list actors like Arvind Swamy, Silambarasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Jyothika and Prakash Rai, its unlikely all of them would receive equal screen time to showcase their talents. CCV however, has overcome the burden of expectations by allowing the complete cast to showcase their flair. But, a linear narrative with a one-dimensional portrayal of the characters seems to have let down the fans expectations.
So what is it that seemed to have been missed. It's just a clear case of lost in translation. The translation of the story on paper to a movie on screen is where the brilliance of Mani Ratnam usually kicks in. On paper, CCV is about a powerful King who fails to name his successor which snowballs into a power struggle amongst his heirs for the elusive crown. Seemingly inspired by the history of the Mughal Empire in India where Shah Jahan's heirs fight for the crown only for Aurangazeb to emerge victorious. However, the narrative of the story on screen seemed to have lost its powers from paper, which is exactly what we wanted Mani Ratnam to bring out.
In conclusion, Chekka Chivantha Vanam is just what you would expect out of a movie that has three cons and a cop sandwiched in between them, with each actor vying for their chance to shine who end up giving themselves a better resume to showcase even as the movie ends up as any other movie we could watch over the weekend.
For a detailed and complete review, check out : https://akhileshchetty.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/chekka-chivantha-vaanam-movie-review/
its a one time movie..Nothing much in the moive..2.5 R