Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Trailer Review: A Tale of 3 Brothers Where The Women Are Sidelined!

It’s high on machismo and guns!

After upping the excitement in the last week by sharing the first-looks of each of the protagonists, Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam‘s trailer is out and while it looks like one of his stylish films yet, the violence and gratuitous display of machismo is off-putting enough. The trailer begins with a sermon on new age criminals. Some are philanthropists, educationalists, or industrialists but at the end of the day, they hail from a mafia family who aren’t exactly on the right side of the law.

We’re then introduced to the characters, right from the patriarch Senapathi (played by Prakash Raj) who has three sons – Varadan (Arvind Swamy), Thyagu (Arun Vijay), and Ethi (STR). While Varadan is the older one whose anger gets the better of him, Thyagu is the one with two sides, one side who is affectionate and the other side which is dark enough to be wary of him. Ethi is the proverbial “neglected” son, the youngest who isn’t regarded as the sharpest of knives from the family. The three of them are married to women who are so devoted to them and that’s all their role appears to be, with the focus being on the men wielding guns, spouting philosophy while going on a rampage finishing off enemies.

Enter Rasool (Vijay Sethupathi), an inspector whose job is at stake and who also appears to be over familiar with the three brothers. It’s hard to decipher his role as he appears to initially disapprove the ‘new age criminals’ and then seems to join forces with them.

All in all, the women are barely given any importance, or even a peek into how substantial their characters might be. Aditi Rao Hydari plays Parvathi, a journalist but there’s little focus on her apart from her having a torrid affair with Varadan. Jyothika’s Chithra has two dialogues that are backed with dramatic music but we get no glimpse of what she does and how she contributes to the story. Aishwarya Rajesh’s Renu, again, has a dialogue that has something to do with her man, but nothing beyond that. Dayana Erappa’s Chaaya is seen in a wedding dress and half-shot of her in a car with Ethi, but that’s all. Jayasudha, who plays the matriarch of the family, is reduced to her motherly duties with one line concerning her son.

In essence, with the trailer, it’s evident that the men are on focus and while the women have ‘crucial’ roles to play in the film, it might not shape up to something substantial. There’s also a tinge of inspiration from the classic Hollywood film Godfather here, where just like this, the story had three brothers who hailed from a family of criminals and had the women equally dote and devoted to them.

A lot of buzz was created when MR announced Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. With music by AR Rahman and cinematographer Santhosh Sivan on board, the film promises to be a memorable experience. The film is scheduled for a September 28 release.

Watch the trailer here:

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