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Grandmaster (2012)

Not Rated | | Mystery , Thriller | 4 May 2012 (India)
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A veteran cop chases a cold blooded serial killer, who murders his victims in alphabetical order.


B. Unnikrishnan


Agatha Christie (novel), B. Unnikrishnan
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Credited cast:
Mohanlal ... Chandrashekhar
Priyamani ... Adv. Deepthi Chandrashekhar
Babu Antony ... Victor Rosetti
Arjun Nandakumar ... Mark Roshan aka Roshan Matthew
Anoop Menon ... Dr. Jacob Varghese
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joy Badlani Joy Badlani ... Alex
Devan ... Additional Director General of Police
Riyaz Khan ... Jerome
Mithra Kurian ... Bindya Matthew
Manikuttan ... Eby Kuriakose
Ambika Mohan ... Chandrasekhar's mother
Rajshri Nair ... Susan
Narain ... Kishore (as Narein)
Roma ... Beena Thomson
Seetha ... Chandrika


Chandrasekhar (Mohanlal) is an IPS officer who lives a lonely and quiet life after being divorced from his wife, Deepthi (Priyamani), a leading criminal lawyer. Things change when he is made the head of the Metro Crime Stopper Cell in Kochi, and single-handedly saves three college girls abducted by a psychologically deviant guy. Chandrasekhar gets a congratulatory note from an anonymous man calling himself "Z," who challenges Chandrasekhar to figure out how he is going to bump off one target after the other. Chandrasekhar is forced to take up the investigation of the murders, which follows a mysterious alphabetical pattern. Written by jst

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Release Date:

4 May 2012 (India) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,479, 6 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,077, 20 May 2012
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Grandmaster:A twisted thriller
5 May 2012 | by vivek-Don771See all my reviews

After the box office dud The Thriller,B Unnikrishan is back with another police story with Mohanlal,with whom he made his first super hit Madambi back in 2007.This is not a regular police story with firebrand dialogues,3-5 fights and a lukewarm climax.Its a different flick by B Unnikrishnan avoiding the regular police movie Clichés.Finally we get a neat,twisted and Simple thriller that provides some genuine thrills.

The Story resembled the old Malayalam serial Black and white which was my favourite show at that time.Mohanlal plays I.G Chandrasekhar,the head of Metro crime stopper squad who lost his interest in work after his divorce.When Jereme(Riyaz khan) kidnaps 3 girls,He returns with a bang to stop injustice.Later ,Chandrasekhar receives a letter by a mysterious person stating that he wants to play a game.Hence,The movie is a battle of wits between the mysterious killer and Chandrasekhar.Helping him in this task are Kishor(Narein) and Rishi(Jagathy) and his ex-wife Deepthi(Priyamani).The killer kills his victims in the alphabetical order.Who is the Killer, what is his motive and how Chandrashekhar nabs him forms the story of Grandmaster.

Mohanlal puts up an energetic performance which was missing in his last few films.He shines as Chandrashekar who is in the trail of the serial killer.His dialogue delivery and fight scenes were excellent.He doesn't have much long essay dialogues and war of words with his superiors like the regular police stories which is a disappointment for Lal fans.Its a relief for me though.His super cool performance makes the other actors just spectators and it works well for the film too.Narein was decent as the sidekick and Jagathy too did well.Priyamani had an important role as Chandrasekhar's ex-wife and did it without much flaws.Siddhique was cool in a brief role.Roma,Anoop Menon,Babu Antony,Riyaz Khan did their parts comfortably.Others were good.

B Unnikrishnan hit the mark with this one.Great takings, good screenplay,crisp dialogues and good direction that makes the movie engaging till the end.The suspense was good and not predictable as the plot is twisty at times and it was completely different from what I expected.So to say,He was one step ahead of the audience's minds which was not expected,at least by me.He deserves much of the credit for this neat thriller but I felt the movie dragged in the first half.Still this one remains as one of his best works but for me Tiger is way ahead.Though it was directed by Shaji Kailas,it was written by B Unnikrishnan.The Chess playing scenes between hero and the mysterious villain which was repeated many times in the movie was interesting and caught my attention Songs were a big let down considering the music director was Deepak Dev.The first song Akale was better than the rest.BGM was good at times.The running time of the movie could have been cut short.a bit.

All together,Grandmaster lies entirely on Mohanlal.Watch it for the maestro's cool performance and the movie also provides some much required thrills and suspense.The climax gets us by surprise with an unexpected villain.The movie ends up as a decent thriller.In the box office,Film will have a tough time competing with super hits like Mayamohini ,ordinary and all but I hope this one ends up as a winner.

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