Ac­tion-packed Tamil knock ’em dead Tarantino-style

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Chekka Chivan­tha Vaanam AF­TER a long time Tamil cinema has come up with a mul­ti­ple star cast cer­tain win­ner in Chekka Chivan­tha Vaanam (CCV) by ace di­rec­tor Mani Rat­nam. With a stel­lar cast this high-bud­get bold movie has taken Tamil cinema to an­other in­ter­na­tional level.

CCV stars the cream of Kol­ly­wood stars, Arvind Swamy, Vi­jay Sethu­pathi, Sil­am­barasan and Arun Vi­jay.

CCV’s open­ing se­quence fea­tures an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on Se­na­p­a­thy (Prakash Raj). In the may­hem, Se­na­p­a­thy and his wife are se­ri­ously in­jured.

Se­na­p­a­thy is a crime lord who is feared by his ri­vals and who has the po­lice on his pay­roll.

The crime world and the po­lice are in a quandary as to who made the hit on Se­na­p­a­thy. Mean­while the fam­ily has its own is­sues with a strong ri­valry be­tween the three sons as to who would take over from their dad.

Varad­han (Arvind Swamy), who is mar­ried to Jyothika but who also has a fling on the side, sees him­self as the right­ful heir as he lives with his dad.

The se­cond son Thiyagu (Arun Vi­jay) is a cold and cal­cu­lated play­boy who lives in Dubai with his wife and two chil­dren. He lives on the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of his dad. The third son, Etti (Simbu), lives in Rus­sia dab­bling in drugs and crime. Ra­sool (Vi­jay Sethu­pathi) is a po­lice of­fi­cer who is a child­hood friend, Varad­han, who also seems to be in the fray.

A bloody war erupts and of the four con­tenders, who would emerge un­scathed, forms the sto­ry­line.

Aravind Swamy, who was in­tro­duced to Kol­ly­wood by Mani Rat­nam in the early ’90s, has played his role as a cold cal­cu­lated killer with aplomb. Arun Vi­jay shines in his role as a play­boy. He is cer­tainly go­ing to garner a throng of fe­male fans af­ter his per­for­mance in CCV.

Simbu is vin­tage. He sim­ply grows bet­ter as he gets older. His grad­ual meta­mor­pho­sis from a soft-hearted guy to a ruth­less, power-hun­gry in­di­vid­ual shows his act­ing tal­ent. The cur­rent love of Tamil cinema, Vi­jay Sethu­pathi, comes up trumps. The cli­max of the movie fea­tur­ing Vi­jay Sethu­pathi will leave you breath­less.

Jyothika is back in movies and what a wel­come sight she is too. She plays her role as the long suf­fer­ing wife of a gang­ster with rel­a­tive ease. Prakash Raj, although in a short role, leaves his in­deli­ble mark as a con­sum­mate ac­tor.

The plus fac­tor of CCV is the ex­cel­lent cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Os­car win­ner San­tosh Shivan. The sweep­ing Siberian land­scape and wide an­gled shots of scenic Dubai are all cap­tured vividly by this mas­ter cam­era­man who wields his magic.

Dhilip Subrayen must be com­mended for the breath­tak­ing and jaw-drop­ping ac­tion se­quences.

The ac­tion scenes are we’ll chore­ographed. If you like your ac­tion Quintin Tar­intino-style, this is it.

Os­car win­ner AR Rah­man’s mu­sic com­ple­ments the movie per­fectly.

CCV is a def­i­nite win­ner. There are no bor­ing mo­ments. This is the kind of movie that will have you en­grossed in its en­tirety and have you spell­bound long af­ter the cred­its have rolled.

CCV is show­ing at Cine Cen­tre Sun­coast in Durban.

Lachimiah is an ex-pre­sen­ter on Ra­dio Phoenix and other com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions. He is pas­sion­ate about Kol­ly­wood movies and mu­sic. He is a sea­soned MC and mo­ti­va­tional speaker

Mani Rat­nam’sis a star-stud­ded box-of­fice hit.Chekka Chivan­tha Vaanam (English: Crim­son Red Sky)Mani Rath­nam Arvind Swami, Sil­am­barasan, Arun Vi­jay, Vi­jay Sethu­pathi, Jyothika, Aishwarya Ra­jesh, Aditi Rao Hy­dari, Dayana Erappa9/10

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