Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Nawab) Review

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam which means Crismon Red Sky, directed by ace director Mani Ratnam and stars actors like Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay and Arvind Swamy in lead. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is also releasing in Telugu as “Nawab”. CCV is the 14th film of ARRahman with Mani Ratnam. Here is Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Nawab) Review.

The ace veteran director coming out of the romantic genres with an action crime thriller is really watchable to see versatility in his storytelling. Yet, not for the first time but Mani Ratnam had made movies in each and every genre and he is known for his art. Mani Ratnam’s last gangster film was “Nayagan” starring Kamal Hasan, that film was adapted from the book of Godfather and later now considered as a cult classic in Indian Film Industry.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Nawab) Review

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has a soul in writing, that every great crime films should have. CCV is mainly about two things that are brotherhood and bloodshed. Mani Ratnam is one of the directors who have the capability to show an unconventional storytelling in a way like a mainstream film. CCV has dull moments and useless scenes which leads more lengthy but still manages to keep you engage on edge of the seat.

One more thing that is very commendable was the presence of every actor. The last multi-starrer from Mani Ratnam’s was Ayutha Ezhuthu, which made in Hindi as “Yuva” which had equal screen presence but falls down when it comes to mass moments of every star. But CCV (Nawab) didn’t compromise and have moments for every fanboy of such promising actors.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Nawab) Story

First introduced with Senapathi(Prakashraj) is the kingpin of the city, and he lives with his wife played by Jaya Sudha and three sons. The eldest Varadan (Arvind Swamy) leads a dual life, as a rising gangster, with his wife Chitra (Jyothika) as well as a secret love with Parvati(Aditi Rao Hyadri). Arun Vijay(Thyagu) and Ethi(Simbu) too have interest in gangster field, and all the three brothers aim for the throne of Senapathi and consider themselves the kingpin of the city. In all of them, Simbu is most unattached to his family, especially with his father.

Then enters rowdy cop Rasool(Vijay Sethupathi), a very good friend of Varadan, and a close person to the gangster family of Senapathi and soon consequences result in death of Senapathi and with this, the family reaches a war, with all three brothers being lead to the suspicions of each other of killing their father for the throne, and now its a war between brothers themselves, with Rasool too playing his cards to rise the hate and rivalry between the brothers in a subtle manner, and its time for bloodshed, revelations, and more shockers, leading to the ultimate showdown between the real betrayer and the revenge-seeking gangster.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Nawab) Crew

Director: Mani Ratnam
Producer: Mani Ratnam, A. Subaskaran
Writer: Mani Ratnam, Siva Ananth
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Cinematographer: Santosh Sivan
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
Running time: 143 Minutes
Language: Tamil, Telugu

CCV Technical Aspects

The screenplay was written by Mani Ratnam and Siva Ananth waste no time in establishing the characters of each gangster and others. From the name casting, the drama unfolds and the whole star cast is introduced in a very neat and clean way.

The first half goes in a very occupied speed in introducing the characters and taking shape of the movie. While the second half is high on bloodshed but like Tarantino’s style but in Mani Ratnam’s it is highest after Nayagan’s violence.  And Sreekar Prasad should give credit to show the storytelling in the coolest way possible.

Mani Ratnam knows his camera unlike any Indian director could have. The cinematography is the always talked about part of any film in Madras Talkies filmography, Mani and cinematographer Santosh Sivan knows where to put the camera, tilt or pan. In a Mani Ratnam’s film, he can hijack any audience eyeballs like David Fincher and Stanley Kubrick.

The next good things are music and action sequences. The music of ARR and Mani Ratnam’s combo shines again like any other movie of theirs. Action and stunts sequences are very well directed and performed, especially action sequences which take places overseas.

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Nawab) Cast

Aravind Swami
Vijay Sethupathi
Arun Vijay
Aditi Rao Hydari
Aishwarya Rajesh
Dayana Erappa

Nawab Simbu and Arun Vijay Still

Actor’s Performance

Arvind Swami in the role of Varadan is simply superb. His effortless performance defines his character very well and must say one of the best performance in his career. Arun Vijay who is known for the hardcore negative roles but lately has proven his acting skill and CCV is one of those examples. So much of style and swag carried with ease from all the heroes. Prakash Raj, though it is a very minor role in terms of screen time, does him every bit well. It feels nostalgic that we had seen him in Mani Ratnam’s classic “Iruvar”.

Jaya Sudha and Jyothika have substantial scope for performance, and their experience in such roles comes in very ease. Their performances deserve praise in front of all the male dominating characters. However, the screen time for Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Dayana Erappa is not very large. But they pulled as much as possible and makes a presence in front of all larger than life characters.

Without any doubt of skills, the show stealers are Simbu as Ethi and Vijay Sethupathi as Rasool. Their characters have been engraved in such a way that they don’t need to put force themselves to deliver their best. Once again, they prove that they are extraordinary performers. CCV will surely prove to be a landmark movie in STR’s career. Vijay J Sethupathi brings some lightness to a story in the cop role, that predominantly deals with life and death.

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Highlights of (CCV\Nawab)
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
  • Performances
  • Music
  • Cinematography
  • Action Direction

CCV or Nawab is better than Nayagan? will be told by time but for now, it’s a good well directed and performed film that everyone must watch.

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