Released on: February 25, 2021
Banner: Bhavya Creations
Producer: V Ananda Prasad
Writer and Director: Chandrasekhar Yeleti
Music: Kalyani Malik
Cinematography: Rahul Shrivatsav
Editor: Sanal Anirudhan
Action: Ravi Varma
Cast: Nithin, Rakul Preet Singh, Priya Prakash Varrier, Sampath Raj, and others
Director Chandrasekhar Yeleti and actor Nithin teamed up for the first time for ‘Check’. This movie has created a lot of buzz due to the different concept weaved around the Chess game. Besides, the promotional activities also garnered huge expectations among the moviegoers.
Facing the charges of terrorist activities, Adithya ( Nithin) is convicted and sentenced to death for his alleged involvement. Lawyer Manasa ( Rakul Preet Singh) takes up the case to prove his innocence as well as to use it to benefit her career. Meanwhile, Adithya develops an interest in chess through a fellow inmate in prison, Sriman Narayana (Sai Chand). Soon he emulates his master in playing the mind game.
Whether Adithya ever gets to prove his innocence is the rest of the story.
Director Chandrasekhar Yelti won national and Nandi awards. The audience loved his movies Aithe and Anukokunda Oka Roju in the past. Likewise, he also became successful to a certain extent when he deals with the core story of the movie. The production values are great and most part of the movie is set in a prison. Especially, the cinematography and art should be commended in this gripping prison story.
Kalyani Malik’s music is ok and a better background score could have elevated the movie further.
Nithin came out with a packed performance which is primarily driven by his role. The actor excelled in delivering a matured performance. In fact, he carried the movie completely on his shoulders. Actor Sai Chand got a meaty role in the movie and he wins maximum applause for his performance.
Rakul Preet Singh cake walked in the role of a lawyer and Priya Prakash Warrier doesn’t get enough to portray her skills in her Telugu debut.
Pre-interval twist and pre-climax scenes
An Engaging Prison Drama. Might have faltered in portions but it gets you hooked till the end.