Cast & Crew:
Production: Lyca Productions, Madras Talkies
Cast: Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh, Arun Vijay, Arvind Swami, Jyothika, Prakash Raj, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Mani Ratnam
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is different type of Mani Ratnam’s film, it created a huge expectation among the fans when huge star cast was roped in this film. The movie begins with an introduction of the main character Senathipathy (Prakash Raj) a Don who rules not only the state but the across the nation and also manages worldwide mafia, is attacked by a unknown group. He and his wife Lakshmi(Jayasudha) survive the attack but are seriously injured. Senathipathy’s son’s Varadhan (Arvind swamy), Thyagu (Arun vijay) and Ethi (STR) who take care of business across the world are distraught and go on a killing spree to find who’s behind this attack.
But the question rises as who will take command of business after their father, which creates a huge cloud over the brothers. At a particular stage all the 3 brothers tries to kill each other in order to be the head of their father’s business. Who dies and who survived is the remaining story?
The first half of the movie is awesome, as the Director balances each character and gives enough screen space for all of them. Vijay sethupathy who comes as the Rasool a corrupt police officer and also a close friend of Varadhan has done his role in his own style. Jyothika too plays a major part and does it faithfully. Aditi Rao Hydari is the weakling in the whole film, but a much needed character to move the story. In the second half story lags and loses its speed, Songs are left in the BGM and is unfinished which sort of a let-down, usually they create a huge impact in Mani Rathnam’s films. Screenplay too lags a bit in some portion of the second half, which makes the audience feel unsatisfied.
Reason for Rating:
CCV is a good try but slow screenplay in the second half makes us unsatisfied.