Dir: B Unnikrishnan
Cast: Mohanlal, Priyamani
THE PLOT: Chandrasekharan (Mohanlal) is a recluse IPS officer, who has deeply been affected by his divorce from his wife, a criminal lawyer named Deepthi (Priyamani). He heads the Metro Crime Stopper Cell and is back in action, when a series of murders happen in the city.
THE REVIEW: Inspired from the Agatha Christie novel The A.B.C.Murders (which later had a movie version titled The Alphabet Murders), Grandmaster is a well-paced thriller. The film has some nice moments in between, though the scenes get clichéd at times.
The first half is pretty weak, with no real relevance for some of the sequences shown at the beginning. One gets the feeling that the writer decided to go ahead with the actual storyline, after shooting some initial portions.
There may be flaws, but Unnikrishnan has managed to make the film into an engaging one with its good presentation. Things are really convincing in the second half.
Mohanlal comes up with a nice performance. Great to see him playing his age which is a rarity especially with the veteran actors in Malayalam. Watch out for a good show from Anoop Menon. Narain’s comeback has little effect and Priyamani has been wasted in an inconsequential role. Roma, Mithra Kurien and Jagathy Sreekumar have nothing much to do either.
At a time when filmmakers are going for double meaning jokes and titillation to get viewers to the theatres, it is indeed a genuine effort on Unnikrishnan’s part that he made this good one time watch, without much gimmicks.
A nice move, Mr. Grandmaster!