Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018), breaks the bad spell of Mani Ratnam
Recent films by the legendary Director Mani Ratnam haven’t been talked about much. His latest film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam breaks that bad spell thanks only to the talented star casts including Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Jyothika, Silambarsan, and Arun Vijay who have vied with one another with their performances. Other than that it is yet another gangster film, a genre Mani Ratnam enjoys making. The story is about a powerful gangster Senapathi (Prakash Raj) being attacked by unknown assailants, following which his three sons (Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay and Silambarasan) fight deadly with one another to be the successor to their father’s illegal empire. They are helped by a Police Officer played by Vijay Sethupathi.
It is Vijay Sethupathi who impresses us the most with his performance, followed by Arvind Swami and the measured acting by Jyothika. The Cinematographer Santosh Sivan, has given a visual delight throughout the film. The first half of the film is fast-paced making it enjoyable, while post-interval it became a drag. Being a Mani Ratnam film I was expecting some intense storyline, unfortunately, the whole film runs along flatly until the climax. Veteran Thiagarajan is the opponent of Prakash Raj, and I was disappointed there were no fireworks that happen between them. The songs by A.R.Rahman were mostly forgettable.