Chanakyathanthram review: A lowbrow thriller
You are expected to leave your brain back home, before heading to the cinemas
Friday 4 May 2018
Unni Mukundan, Sruthi Ramachandran, Shivada, Anoop Menon
The titles of director Kannan Thamarakkulam’s Chanakyathanthram presents the hero Unni Mukundan as “Action King”. But soon you realise that just like such honours, the film is not meant to be taken so seriously.
Arjun Ram Mohan (Unni Mukundan) has a degree in Criminology and joins Hawk’s Eye as a private detective. He is assigned to get the details of a few by his boss, Irene (Shivada), who is smitten by his charm almost instantly.
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Arjun is pretty brilliant in his job and to find the details, he starts using various get ups, as a sanyasi, a Sikh, a priest and a seductress. In between he meets Andrea (Sruthi Ramachandran) and the two fall in love.
But Arjun soon realizes some startling facts and that creates the suspense in the movie.
With a script that could remind you of those detective novels from the old local magazines that had all the masala to entertain the readers, this film goes on for around 130 minutes without any real surprises.
The sequences that are shown so seriously could turn out to be pretty funny or even silly, if you have watched at least a couple of well-made thrillers. And not to forget, as it happens in most Malayalam movies these days, some messages have been stitched towards the end in an effort to make it all look genuine.
Unni Mukundan performs dedicatedly and is good while doing action scenes. But is that enough to call him an Action King? Anoop Menon repeats his branded style, while Shivada and Sruthi Ramachandran are fine.
Chanakyathanthram is the kind of movie in which you are expected to leave your brain back home, before heading to the cinemas. If you belong to that group who are ready to do it, this one could work for you.
Chanakyathanthram review - Verdict: Lowbrow thriller