Thursday, May 3, 2012

GRANDMASTER - Malayalam Movie REVIEW


Directed by    :B. Unnikrishnan
Produced by  :Ronnie Screwvala
Banner           :UTV Motion Pictures
Written by      :B. Unnikrishnan
Cast               : Mohanlal, Anoop Menon, Narain, Jagathy, Sidhique,Sampath Raj,
                        Babu Antony,Saikumar, Priyamani, Roma,Seeta, Rajasree Nair,
                        Mithra Kurian,
Music by         :Deepak Dev
Lyrics              :Chittoor Gopi
Cinematography  :Vinod Illampally
Editing by        :Manoj
Studio             :UTV Motion Pictures
Distributed by :Maxlab Entertainments
Genres            :Action
Makeup          : Pradeep Rangan, Liju Pamamcode(Mohanlal)
Costume         :S.P Satheesh, Murali(Mohanlal)
Art Director    :Joseph Nellickal
Stills               :Jayaprakash Payyannur
Production Controller  :Aroma Mohan

Universal Star  Mohanlal's new Malayalam movie 'Grandmaster' got released today. This new movie, scripted as well as directed by B Unnikrishnan was produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of UTV Motion Pictures. Thus far, 'Grandmaster' is getting a big thumbs up from the first day viewers all across the state.

This new film 'Grandmaster' is UTV's first ever production venture in Malayalam and it featured south Indian beauty Priyamani, playing the female lead, as Mohanlal's heroine for the very first time in her career. Apart from Mohanlal and Priyamani, this film also features Anoop Menon, Narain, Roma, Babu Antony, Mitra Kurian, Siddique, Jagathy Sreekumar etc in its cast.

In 'Grandmaster', a racy crime thriller, Mohanlal plays the role of I.G Chandrasekhar, chief of MCD. He, who is also a divorcee, lives alone in a dark and violent city. Even when unlawful incidents take place around him, he withdraws himself from all responsibilities and is happy to live quietly.

In this new movie 'Grandmaster', Priyamani plays the role of Deepthi, Mohanlal's ex-wife, who is also a lawyer. They both have a daughter, named as Daakshayani. Chandrasekhar is well bonded with his daughter and wishes to spend almost all his time with her.

Once, a letter arrives in his office and suddenly he is jolted into action. The writer of the letter is a self-confessed admirer of Chandrasekhar and wishes to rekindle the fire in him and invites him to a game of hide and seek. Rest of the film tells us why the writer is forcing Chandrasekhar to take up this case and how he goes after the writer and get him caught.

Once again, Mohanlal was splendid to watch in his new avatar of a cool, smooth-talking as well as sophisticated police cop. Priyamani looked good in her role of a matured lawyer. Even though, they have a very brief role to perform, actors like Narain, Anoop Menon, Jagathy Sreekumar were nice to watch. Among all, the most shocking performance was from Babu Antony, arguably the most powerful character offered to him so far. Others in the cast like Roma, Mitra Kurian, Riyaz Khan etc have also done their part well.

'Grandmaster' brought back the hit combo of director B Unnikrishnan and actor Mohanlal, after the megahit 'Maadambi' and this new movie can be termed as B Unnikrishnan's best ever work so far. Script as well as direction by B Unnikrishnan was very good and the major thing that worked in favour of this movie is the suspense element and justification of killing.

Music as well as BGM were terrific and suited well with the mood of this film. Cinematography by Vinod Ellampally, Art direction by Joseph Nellickal, Editing by Manoj, Costume by Satheesh have all been noteworthy.

All in all, this new Malayalam movie 'Grandmaster' is a well made thriller film that will have you at the edge of your seat from the very beginning itself.

 Rating : 4.5/5
 Verdict : Megahit




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