Check Movie Review: This game is least bit engaging

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Movie Check
Star Cast Nithiin, Rakul Preet Singh, Priya Prakash Varrier
Director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
Producer V. Anand Prasad
Music Kalyani Malik
Run Time 2 hr 20 mins
Release 26 February 2021

Check marks the coming together of creative filmmaker Chandra Sekhar Yeleti and youthful hero, Nithiin. Touted to be a suspense thriller, Check has Nithiin , Rakul Preet Singh, and Priya Prakash Varrier in the lead roles. The film hit the big screens today.

Story: In 2014, a terrorist attack kills 40 people. Aditya (Nithiin) and 4 others are accused of the hideous crime and they are sentenced to death. Aditya claims that he is innocent and asks the court to assign him a lawyer to file an appeal. This is when Maanasa(Rakul Preet), a budding lawyer takes up the case and argues in favour of Aditya. Meanwhile, Aditya learns Chess during his time in jail and those around him believe he has the potential to become a grandmaster. Can Aditya prove he is innocent? How does his mastery in chess help him? The core plot of the film answers these questions.

What about on-screen performances?

Nithiin plays a prisoner on death sentence, who is also exceedingly good in the game of Chess and this is unfamiliar territory for him as he has mostly been playing boy-next-door roles all through his career. But he delivers a very good performance. Rakul Preet Singh plays a lawyer and she is in her elements. Priya Prakash Varrier is seen as Nithiin’s love interest and she adds some glamour quotient. Sai Chand gets a meaty role and he emotes well.

What about off-screen talents?

Chandra Sekhar Yeleti is known for making films with unconventional plots and is usually good at narrating his stories with emotional connect. But that is not the case with Check. The screenplay is way to monotonous. Everyone in the story acts according to the male lead’s interests and the narrative is very convenient. There are many loose ends as well. There are several logical errors in the plot and that takes a toll on the novelty. This film will probably be on the bottom of Chandra Sekhar Yeleti’s works.

Kalyani Malik’s background score is compelling and elevates the mood. Rahul Srivastav’s cinematography is decent. The jail set-up is believable, thanks to some good work by the art direction department.

What’s Hot?

  • Nithiin’s Performance
  • Artwork and Music
  • Climax

What’s Not?

  • Unconvincing screenplay
  • Insipid narration
  • Literally zero emotional connect
  • Repetitive scenes

Verdict: Chandrasekhar Yeleti is one of the versatile and technically sound filmmakers in Tollywood. The expectations are high on Check, but sadly he fails to match the expectations. Nithiin does well in a challenging role, but his efforts go in vein, owing to poor narration. As a whole, Check is a poorly written suspense thriller.

Telugubulletin.com Rating: 2.25/5

Watch or Not?: All we can say is that the film is least bit engaging. The choice is yours.

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Check is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, produced by V. Anand Prasad through Bhavya Creations. The film stars Nithiin, Rakul Preet Singh, and Priya Prakash Varrier.

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Second half report: It starts at a slow pace and had some solid scenes. Slow narration is a drawback to the film. The thrilling climax gives a good feel.

11.10 A.M: Finally, with proper planning and execution, Nithiin escapes from the jail in the climax

11.00 A.M: Emotional scenes between Nithiin and Rakul Preet Singh are happening now

10.45 A.M: Second half- 30 minutes into the movie and nothing exciting about the proceedings. Chess game scenes are average.

10.40 A.M: Sampath Raj takes charge as new Jailer and Nithiin cannot get enough support from him

10.25 A.M: Nithiin wins the national chess championship and seeks mercy on his death penalty from the President

10.10 A.M: The second half started with Aditya trying to prove his innocence in the case by participating in the national championship of Chess.

First-half report: CHECK starts with an interesting note and in the proceedings, it has some good and some dull moments. Overall, it’s a decent first half, 2nd half is very crucial for the movie.

09.50 A.M: Nithiin’s idea bombed in the court. His appeal gets rejected, and the movie turns into another phase with the interval block.

09.45 A.M: Movie is a little slow and you do not feel like it is going anywhere and in between actions episodes are good

09.35 A.M: ‘Ninnu Chudakunda Undalenu’ song was shot very well and Priya Prakash Varrier looks beautiful, just as always.

09.20 A.M: The flashback episode has started. Priya Prakash Varrier is introduced as Yatra. She plays Nithiin’s love interest.

09.10 A.M: Nithiin’s intelligent scenes and chess board scenes are good

09.05 A.M: Aditya helps the police in jail. Following this, he is shifted to a new block in jail from the terrorists block. Rakul Preet, who is a lawyer, takes up Aditya case for the final appeal.

09.00 A.M: Court orders to hang Nithiin (Aditya) for helping the terrorists in 2014 bomb blast case

08.50 A.M: Nithiin’s Check movie started with 2 hr 20 mins run time

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