CAST & CREW
After some hiatus, Kamal Haasan has come up with a multilingual movie, released in both Tamil and Telugu. This multilingual movie is such that scenes cater to the taste of both the Telugu and Tamil audiences. Starting from the movie’s first look, the flick, Cheekati Rajyam, created lots of expectations among the fans. Has the movie catered to these expectations among all the sections of the audiences? One has to read the review to know the answer.
Kamal Haasan has played the role of Diwakar, who is an official in the narcotics bureau. Prakash Raj plays Vittal Rao, a club owner. Kamal seizes cocaine from a gang that was about to deliver it to Vittal Rao (Prakash Raj). Kamal Haasan retains the bag, and he has to pay a huge price for it. Vittal Rao takes Diwakar’s son into custody. Vittal Rao demands that the bag be restored so that Diwakar gets back his son. Diwakar is left with no alternative other than landing up at the villain’s club. Trisha, a cop, spots Diwakar and mistakenly thinks that he is a member of the drug-traffickers. There is an action sequence between Kamal and Trisha. The bag, however, gets lost, and Kamal is on a chase to get the bag back. Does Kamal save his son? One has to watch the movie to know the answer.
In spite of the greying hair and old looks, Kamal Haasan is competent as an action hero. Kamal Haasan proves to be the cynosure of all eyes in the theater. Trisha makes an appearance as a police officer and she looks majestic in the attire. Other actors such as Prakash Raj, Sampath and Kishore have done their roles well. The child who has played Kamal’s son, also captivates the audience’s attention.
Although the flick has drawn inspiration from a French movie, the movie looks very original. The story is quite simple and there are no subplots in the movie. The screenplay is by Kamal Haasan, and is above par. The direction by Rajesh Selva does not lag behind in quality. The sound effects and action sequences are equal to the quality usually observed in Hollywood movies.
What is there?
1. The cinematography is commendable.
2. Background music by Ghibran is as good as ever.
3. Every character fits into the role meticulously.
What is not there?
1. The screenplay lags behind in pace after interlude.
2. There are some scenes that defy logic, like a club owner not installing CCTV cameras in his pub.
3. The story has no surprises in it, and the climax is very long.
The movie proves to be a seat edge thriller that gets the audience’s eyes transfixed on the screen.
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