After that misfortune in creating a thriller in his last flick, Scriptwriter-director B Unnikrishnan is finally on target this time for his second outing with Mohanlal in ''Grandmaster'. An investigative thriller about a laid-back police officer who is forced to be back on action when things get too personal, 'Grandmaster ' packs in every intelligent strategies that keeps your interest on board as long as the moves are on.
Though the basic plot has distant similarities in its frame to that of 'Alphabet murders' ,'Taken' and the old Malayalam serial 'Black and white', the makers have succeeded in bringing in acceptable logical leads and a convincing reasons for holding the mystery. Mohanlal is IG Chandrasekhar in the movie currently working as the head of Metro crime stopper Cell constituted to intervene into chances of crimes that they get to know beforehand. An upright officer who started to loose interest in the thrills offered by his job after his broken marriage with leading criminal lawyer Adv. Deepthi (Priyamani), Chandrashekhar is now more into a mind game playing alone in his well designed chessboard, most of the times.
Chandrasekhar is much attached to his daughter and when he hear about the lament of the parents of 3 girls abducted by a mentally sick Jereme(riyaz khan), we find the officer suddenly back to his elements, locating the criminal and saving the girls within a few hours. Ably assisted by Kishore (Narein) and Rasheed ( Jagathy Srrekuamr), Chandrasekhar is currently after the clues left on a letter by a mysterious person, in fact a serial killer who has a peculiarity of stating the place and date of his killings before it takes place. The printed letters addressed to Chandrashekhar also ask him to start playing with the killer as he is on a killing spree eradicating the foes in an alphabetical order. Chandrasekhar finally embarks on this dangerous game, realizing that anything can happen before the next move.
'Grandmaster' is undoubtedly a movie that holds some genuine thrillers for the lovers of the genre. And the suspense factor is kept intact, with none of your moves wise enough to create a checkmate. The little shortcomings are there like the 'bullet attack on Kishore that goes forgotten in the very next scene, or the very smart resemblance in climax to that of a last year's big hit.The first half of the movie is also a little bit slow compared to the latter.
Mohanlal puts up an energetic and meticulous performance as a soft-spoken officer with smart dialogue delivery and moves. The clichéd regular sequences of police thrillers are thankfully missing in this braincracker that also helps lal to concentrate more on his performance all through. The actor seems composed in a character that is almost his age and is a treat to watch in almost every scene including the fight sequences that he does with real physical exertion.
Narein does a decent job as his sidekick. Babu Antony grab another author backed role for his comeback ride and does extremely well with his dialogues too. Jagathy,Priyamani and Anoop Menon also have roles that demand the expertise from them, while the rest of the cast including Siddhique,Roma, and Riyaz khan play to the demand of their roles.
B unnikrishnan continues with his technical wizardry that he first experimented in his Thriller. With great taking by Vinod Illampaaly and hazzle free editing by Manoj, the fairly good screenplay is wisely converted into an engaging movie. In fact, Grandmaster ' will remain as one of the best moves from the director till date.
The songs were foot tapping though the melody 'Akale' is the pick among the three. BGM by DeepakDev is a little loud but good at times .
All in all , this Grandmaster is likely to be one of the best thrillers that came out in Mollywood in recent times. With a spot on linear narrative and cool performances, 'Grandmaster' can definitely be prescribed for at least an onetime watch.
Rating : 6.25/10