After scoring a super hit in the form of Bheeshma just before the lockdown, Nithiin is now back with Check. Featuring Priya Prakash Varrier and Rakul Preet Singh as the leading ladies, Check is written and directed by Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, who has earlier directed some path-breaking movies such as Aithe, Anukokunda Oka Roju, Okkadunnadu, Prayanam, Sahasam, and Manamantha. Three of his earlier movies won Nandhi awards in various categories. After a gap of 5 years, he is back with Check. The music and background score is composed by Kalyani Malik and the cinematography is handled by Rahul Shrivastava. While the theatrical trailer was impressive, let us see what the movie had to offer.
Check has a unique plot that is never attempted before
Aditya (Nithiin) and four other persons are given a death sentence by the court for their alleged terrorist activities. Aditya hires a lawyer (Rakul Preet Singh) to fight his case but in vain. While in jail, he learns the game of chess from one of the inmates named Srimannarayana (Sai Chand) and becomes a master at it. With the help of an SP (Murali Sharma), he participates in a tournament and becomes a champion. While trying to prove his innocence, the only option left for him was to get a mercy plea from an honorable President. How Aditya uses this game prowess to prove that he is not guilty forms the basic premise of Check.
Nithiin is rustic and delivers a memorable performance
Nithiin comes out of his regular genre and does something that he never attempted before. Maybe, that would have been the prime reason for him to accept this role. He was rustic in the initial portions and finally delivered a performance worth remembering. Priya Varrier as his lady love was mostly seen in the flashback episodes and was good. Rakul Preet Singh as the lawyer was apt. Sai Chand was superb in the character of Chess guru and Murali Sharma played his part well. Aziz Naseer as the corrupt cop fits the bill and so is Harshavardhan.
Check has a unique plot and narrative
Chandra Sekhar Yeleti comes up with yet another path-breaking movie in the form of Chess. Known to make contemporary movies in a stipulated budget, Chandra Sekhar Yeleti once again succeeded in keeping the audience glued to their seats with innovative plots and unique narrative patterns. Around ninety percent of the movie is shot indoors. The art department needs a special mention to come up with superb jail sets. Kalyani Malik’s music and background score are praiseworthy. Camera work by Rahul Shrivatsav is phenomenal, given the fact that the majority of the movie is shot indoors. Editing could have been much crisper as a couple of action episodes seems unwarranted and stretched out. The production design and values are grand.
WATCH OR NOT
Check is a unique gripping tale with a crime and chess backdrop. It keeps everyone engaged with some interesting moments. The unexpected twist, in the end, will keep you thinking.
Director: Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
Writer: Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
Cast: Nithiin, Rakul Preeth Singh, Priya Prakash Varrier, Simran Choudary, Posani Krishna Murali
Music: Kalyani Malik
Background score: Kalyani Malik
Cinematography: Rahul Shrivastava
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