Direction: Mani Ratnam
Production: Madras Talkies & Lyca Productions
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, STR, Aravind Swami, Arun Vijay, Jyothika and Prakash Raj
Music: A R Rahman
Cinematography: Santhosh Sivan
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
With the star studded cast and with much attracting peppy music tracks, Mani Ratnam’s ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ has been expected more to hit on screens. However, it seems like the movie will revolve a battle to conquer the throne among 3 sons of a Kingpin with the sights of a stranger friend. Doubts and twists with great expectations and hopes made us fingers crossed till the release.
City’s one of the huge don and Kingpin is Senathipathy (Prakash Raj). Just like him he has an ever protecting son, Varadhan (Aravind Swami), a business minded son, Thyagu (Arun Vijay) in Dubai and the younger son, Ethi (STR) who does illegal weapon exchanging business in Serbia. Apart from them, Rasool (Vijay Sethupathi) is a police Inspector who is a good friend of Varadhan. Senathipathy gets threats to death for once which makes all the 3 sons to think about ‘who is going to conquer dad’s position or the throne’. Suddenly Senathipathy passes away because of an unexpected heart attack. Who has tried killing Senathipathy first? Who will take up the position of Senathipathy? What is the work of Rasool among the clash of all the 3 sons? The sky reveals the remaining once it turns into crimson red in the climax!
Revealing no indirect and hidden background stories in this movie, Mani Ratnam has tried to executethe main storyline directly to the audience. With a huge cast, the movie seems to be brilliant in the first half which makes us sit in the corner of our seats and think what will happen next, who will be the negative character, what is going to be the climax. Besides that it seems quiet lengthy in the second half because of the short first half. Somehow Mani Ratnam has ‘tried’ showing the details of a huge epic family story as a movie in a short duration which has to be appreciated, A R Rahman has concentrated on the background score of ‘CCV’ aptly syncing with the exact visuals. Other than that Santhosh Sivan’s cinematography is just ‘brilliant’ with a great light play in suggestion shots.
It is not at all easy for a film maker to incorporate a huge star studded cast with so much detailing in a movie. But it is actually a great thing that Mani Ratnam has handled this story. However all the characters were not given so much detailing other than directly portraying the main core of the movie which is all about ‘Who will be ruling next?’. Apart from actors’ signature performances, if we tell ‘A Mani Ratnam Film’ we will generally expect a different style of performance from actors. But ‘CCV’ can’t tell that identical style of actors is revealed except in the aggressive characterization of Aravind Swami and the general humor body language of Vijay Sethupathi. Besides the sneak peek performances of Aishwarya Rajesh, Dayanna Erappa, Thiyagarajan and Jaya Sudha then and there, Jyothika almost rules the screen with more beauty for a longer time compared to the other actresses.
1) Multi starrer value
2) Thrilling first half
3) Cinematography and Background score
What doesn’t work?
1) Usual and expected plot
2) Second half except the climax
On the whole, handling a star studded cast with a huge story, Mani Ratnam has attempted to fulfill the plot in a movie with 2 and half minutes time duration which is a very hard try. But it might bring the feeling that the second half might have been still more thrilling when compared to the stunning first half of ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’.
Verdict : ‘Operation dark red sky’ is not beyond the well-lit bright technical aspects!
Ratings : 5/10
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