Nawab: Multi Stars with Multi Wars
Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has released in Telugu as Nawab. The stellar star cast of Arvind Swamy, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Jyothika, T R Silambarasan (Simbhu), Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh and Dayana Erappa did create a huge buzz. The trailer rose the expectations even more but, has the film lived up to its expectations? Let’s find out:
Prakash Raj plays a warlord, who is aging but must keep up with his enemies all the time. He has a big family which includes his wife (Jayasudha), daughter and three sons Vardha, Thyaga and Rudra (Arvind Swamy, Arun Vijay and Simbhu respectively).
A surprising bomb attack on the warlord turns the tables upside down for the family. The three brothers take it on them to find out the man behind the attack. During their quest, the brothers also take the help of a suspended police officer Rasool (Vijay Sethupathi). Who was behind the attacks? Is someone trying to take over the family’s reigns? Answers shall be found during the final moments of the film.
Nawab boosts of some fine performances from its lead cast. Prakash delivers a punch while Jayasudha suits the bill. Arvind Swamy’s role is etched out nicely but the voice used for his dubbing is a big negative. Simbhu has put on weight and it suits him. Arun Vijay looks stylish and so does his act. Vijay Sethupathi gets to play a role with substance and he is top notch. The only place where you will find some humor in the film is through Vijay Sethupathi’s character.
Jyothika is back to Telugu screens after a while and we should see more of her. Aditi Rao Hydari has a limited screen time and so do the other actresses. Aditi’s role doesn’t really bring any importance to the story. Aishwarya Rajesh does a neat job and same is the case with Dayana Erappa.
AR Rahman’s background score takes the center stage and elevates the sequences. The best track of the music is Neeli Kanumallo but why would someone cut it short to just 30 seconds in the film? Few episodes are such that you will need to understand it’s occurrence on your own as no proper penultimate scenes are shown. Nawab is one of the better movies to come out from him in the recent years but one would still miss the wholesome Mani Ratnam scent.
The basic plot is thin and the places where the film scores is through its execution and screenplay. Locales are perfectly picked while the editing is good. Cinematography needs no mention as it’s for all to see. Mani Ratnam creates goosebumps where the audience gets to see all the four prime characters in a SUV. The introduction sequences of each of the leads is nicely put up.
Mani Ratnam’s magic has been lying in the way he narrates his story. His films don’t boost of a big story line but they carry moments together. Nawab is again one such film which you may feel is quite simple content wise but it has its crucial portions well equipped. A family drama told amidst betrayal and suspicions, you may visit the theaters to find out the truth!
Review by Sandy (Sandeep Rao)