Chekka Chivantha Vaanam movie review and release: Highlights

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam movie review and release: Highlights

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans are saying about Aravind Swami, Simbu, Arun Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Jyothika and Aditi Rao Hydari starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Directed by Mani Ratnam, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam stars Aravind Swami, Simbu, Arun Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Jyothika and Aditi Rao Hydari among others.

Director Mani Ratnam returns to the big screen with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. The Tamil gangster drama stars Aravind Swami, Simbu, Arun Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh, Prakash Raj and Jayasudha among others.

Talking about Chekka Chivantha Vaanam at the audio launch of the film, Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman said, “I think he (Mani Ratnam) has gone back to his Nayagan days. He has got that energy back. The beauty of the evil.” The big-budget film is bankrolled by Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions.

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Our verdict

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam feels like the work of a fresh director with an impressive understanding about the craft of filmmaking. It could be because auteur Mani Ratnam has made a violent film after a very long time. It could also be because it is a straightforward movie, in which he has highly favored words to images.

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Varu Sarathkumar on Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Varu Sarathkumar posted on Twitter, "Hearing fantabuluous reviews about #CCV the genius is back in action #ManiRathnam sir..wooohoo with so many friends in the film,here’s wishing the entire team a super dooperrrr #blockbuster @aditiraohydari @aishu_dil @thearvindswami #STR @VijaySethuOffl @arunvijayno1 @hasinimani"

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Aditi Rao Hydari on Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Aditi Rao Hydari tweeted, "And it’s here... #ManiSir and his labour of love #ChekkaChivanthaVaanam & #Nawab. Lots of luck to us all...and a big 🤗 to Mani sir who makes me believe dreams do come true... I hope you all love it! @MadrasTalkies_ #STR @LycaProductions @arrahman @santoshsivan @sreekar_prasad"

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Manoj Kumar Manchu on Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

"What a star cast coming together in one!!? Being it a #ManiRatnam film,an @arrahman musical is a boost in itself! Can’t wait to watch my bestest Friend/macha #Simbu in an exciting role nailing it! Wishing team of #Nawab/ #CCV a remarkable success for releasing today," Manoj Kumar Manchu said via Twitter.

'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam was fantastic'

Subhakeerthana shared on Twitter, "Oh, my. #ChekkaChivanthaVaanam was fantastic. Not saying this because I love #ManiRatnam. Watch out for some brilliant performances by #VijaySethupathi, #Simbu, #ArvindSwami and #ArunVijay. Kandipa... paisa vasool!"

Gautham Menon's review of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Gautham Menon wrote on Twitter, "Mani sir& his brilliant ensemble cast set the screens on fire with a bold new character sketch in cinema for each of the characters. A master craftsman at work & it’s almost like he’s having fun etching out hard hitting content & throwing all rules out the window! CCV-RUSH(for it)"

'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is an engaging film'

Sridevi Sreedhar posted on Twitter, "#ChekkaChivanthaVaanam is an engaging film right from the word go! A slick actioner with greed, revenge and crime as backdrop. May not be perfect film, but it seldom loses its grip on your attention."

'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is pure vintage Mani Ratnam'

'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a terrific gangster drama'

IANS' Haricharan Pudipeddi tweeted, "#ChekkaChivanthaVaanam - A terrific, terrific gangster drama set against family dynamics, greed, the need for power and deceit."

Ramesh Bala on Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

"#ChekkaChivanthaVaanam: A Top notch Action thriller/Gangster drama. Vintage #ManiRatnam is back in style. The power for control within a rich family. The deceitful games they play. Do they pay a price for their crimes. Watch and find out for yourself. @VijaySethuOffl is natural and as Inspector #RasoolIbrahim - he is terrific. The movie goes one level higher because of his characterization and acting. @thearvindswami as the elder son with temper issues, delivers a Memorable performance. #STR has completely satisfied his fan base and also has impressed the general audience with his performance. @arunvijayno1 also scores big time. Among leading ladies, #Jyotika has the meatiest role. She has delivered a convincing performance. @aditiraohydari looks great and she has a cute role and has acted well. @aishu_dil - Another good supporting role and acted well as a Sri Lankan Tamil. @DayanaErappa 's role is more a cameo," film trade analyst Ramesh Bala said via Twitter.

Gautham Vasudev Menon on Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Gautham Vasudev Menon wrote on Twitter, "Sharing, to celebrate with the millions of fans like me who are eager to watch the next Mani Ratnam film. Super excited to watch the film at 5am. Like I can’t wait already! Folks, the next Mani Ratnam film is out in a few hours, get ready to be transported again into his world!"

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a masterstroke by Mani sir, says Karthick Naren

Karthick Naren shared on Twitter, "ChekkaChivanthaVaanam is a masterstroke by Mani sir. Such conviction in story telling. Beautifully crafted film with outstanding performances by the ensemble cast. Take a bow!"

It was a great honour to work with Mani Ratnam, says Aishwarya Rajesh

Aishwarya Rajesh posted on Twitter, "#CCVFromToday it's was great honour to work wit legendary #maniratnam sir go watch d movie only n theatres ...#ChekkaChivanthaVaanam #Nawab."

Siddharth on Chekka Chivantha Vaanam


The one thing that stands out in the trailer of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam was the action. The trailer was dotted with deafening gunshots, bruising fist fights and thrilling chase sequences, significantly contributing to the dramatic tension.

Beautiful images

Ratnam is one of the best visual storytellers in the country. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is not going to be an exception as renowned cinematographer-filmmaker Santosh Sivan has shot the film. Enough said. Now go watch the movie. It is Santosh's sixth collaboration with Ratnam in nearly three decades after classics like Thalapathi, Dil Se, Iruvar, Roja and Raavanan.

AR Rahman's music and Vairamuthu's lyrics

It was Mani Ratnam who gave AR Rahman his first break as a film music composer with terrorism-themed drama Roja (1992). And they have been an inseparable team ever since then. For more than quarter of a century, the director-composer duo has churned out 16 evergreen music albums including Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. And Vairamuthu's lyrics just add more layers and make the filmmaking experience more delicious.

One ticket, many stars

The all-star cast of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is clearly the most important reason why you shouldn’t give this film a miss. It has Arvind Swami, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jyothika, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aishwarya Rajesh and Prakash Raj among others.

Ratnam returns to the gangster genre

When Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman was asked what was special about working on Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, he made a very exciting observation. He said, "Mani Ratnam has gone back to his Nayagan days.” He further added, "He has got that energy back. The beauty of the evil." With Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Ratnam has indeed gone back to the gangster genre. Kamal Haasan's Nayagan (1987) and Rajinikanth's Thalapathi (1991) are the only films in Ratnam’s portfolio that were set in the underworld backdrop.

The 143-minute-long film was recently cleared by the censor board with a U/A certificate, paving the way for its worldwide release on September 27. It's worth noting that Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is Manti Ratnam's second movie which is shot outside the Indian subcontinent after last year's Kaatru Veliyidai.