Grandmaster Malayalam Movie Review


Grandmaster Movie Review

Producer- Ronnie Screwwala and Sidharth Roy Kapoor

Director- B. Unnikrishnan

Cast- Mohanlal, Priyamani, Narain, Jagathy Sreekumar, Anoop Menon, Babu Antony

Music- Deepak Dev

Review By : Unni R Nair/

B.Unnikrishnan’s ‘Grandmaster’, if analysed impartially is a formulaic thriller which somehow lacks the thrill, to a great extent. No doubt the suspense element is kept intact and the real villain revealed only at the end of the whole thing. But at the same time, we should agree to it that the film lacks something vital that takes away from its ‘edge of the seat’ quality, which it should have had, being a thriller. The pace slackens at times and there are sequences that you won’t want to see, especially in today’s times, when slick thrillers are no rarity. Despite all these, ‘Grandmaster’ is no bore; it can be watched, at least for the sake of Mohanlal, who does the lead role and that too with conviction.

‘Grandmaster’ tells the story of Chandrasekhar (Mohanlal), who is shrewd and deft with his moves, whether it be a game of chess or a fight against criminals. He is an officer of the IG rank with the Metro Crime Stopper Cell. But for the last few years, he has been indifferent towards his duty as a cop and had hence stayed away from the force, donning other posts with other departments. This had happened after he got divorced from his wife Deepthi (Priyamani), a criminal lawyer.

But now, Chandrasekhar is back in form and fights it out like old times when three young girls are abducted. And immediately after that, he swings into action when he receives a letter challenging him and informing beforehand the date and the place where a crime would be committed. Then follows letters one after the other, and murders one after the other, in alphabetical order. The first victim has her name beginning with ‘A’ while the second victim’s name begins with ‘B’. The murderer challenges Chandrasekhar and goes on doing his deeds. Chandrasekhar has but little time to stop him and nab him, for he soon gets a clear idea of things that initiated the murders, but he fails to identify the murderer.

All is well; the storyline seems impressive, the suspense element is intact, the blend of the professional and personal lives of the protagonist is done in a rather judicious manner- but there is something about the flow, something about the treatment that makes it all go wrong, to an extent at least. You don’t get drawn in totally; you are able to detach yourself from the flow and watch the goings on in the theatre and even make a phone call or two. An edge of the seat thriller is one that captivates you and which is also pacy, in all ways. That’s where ‘Grandmaster’ goes wrong. Another thing that disappoints you is that though there was an impressive star cast at hand, the director hasn’t been able to make proper use of them. All others, except Mohanlal, sort of get sidelined, due to a script wherein characterization could have been done in a better way and all artists given better scope for performance. The scenes where we have the salesman (played by Babu Antony) making confessions before a hooded priest too lacks appeal and seem long drawn out. All I feel is, had it been scripted and directed better, the film would have been a great thriller. As of now, it’s OK for a watch and you can afford watching it for Mohanlal.


Mohanlal is good as Chandrasekhar, though it certainly wouldn’t be counted among his career best performances. No one else in the cast gets enough scope for performance, not even Priyamani, Narain or Anoop Menon.

Technical aspects

Cinematography by Vinod Illampally is in tune with the theme of the film while Joseph Nellickal has done a good job of the art-direction. Manoj the editor did whatever he could with the stuff in hand, but that doesn’t work.


Background score suits the mood but songs fail to impress. In fact do we need songs in this film? Maybe not; and if at all songs are there, they should work towards building up the tempo of the thriller, which unfortunately is not the case with the songs in ‘Grandmaster’.


B.Unnikrishnan should have done the script a bit more meticulously. This doesn’t mean the film is too bad or totally insufferable; it’s watchable stuff. But if the script had been better, the film would have been a totally different experience. I am of the opinion that B.Unnikrishnan, who has scripted slick thrillers earlier, should have focused more on the scripting than the direction.


Making a film on a script that has many loose ends is equally the director’s fault as it’s the script-writer’s. Here both persons being the same (B.Unnikrishnan), I’d say that either B.Unnikrishnan should have first done the script in a better way and then set out to direct the film very meticulously or else he should have got someone else, preferably someone like Shaji Kailas, to direct the movie. That would have helped do away with the pace-related issues the film now has as its handicap. If the film had been slick – like ‘Bharath Chandran IPS’, ‘Tiger’ or ‘Baba Kalyani’, it would perhaps have been better and watchable. Anyhow, better luck next time!

Verdict:  Passable fare…watch it for Mohanlal!

Rating: 2/5


  1. I have watched the film 4 times, Iam not a fan of any one the movie and the each and every performer was good. It is a class police story without any useless fight and firefight.

  2. The mvie s nt copied frm any HOllwood flicks.Actually this movie s an offficial adaption of Agatha Christies ,Alphabetical Murders..The serial which ws telecsted n Asianet ws also a flick inspired frm that…Check Wikipedia for reasons………Any the movie really wsa good..Mohanlal after a long time ..came wth a cool perfomance…

  3. Im not from kerala so i dont understand malayalam, but I saw this film with subtitle on Banglore. It is a well executed & well performed movie. This reviewer dont understood the movie, other wise he’ll not say like this. The main actor was good looking & bold. The salesman was also good. If this film was made in bollywood with this actor, it would be a huge hit.


  5. i watch this movie, nice movie…. i had seen this movie 4 times …. i like it very much..

  6. this movie is a copy of the old english movie The Alphabet Murders (1966) starred Tony Randall…but any way the movie is gud…

  7. A highly watchable movie, which keeps you to the edge of the seat throughout. One of the best performances by Mohanlal in recent times.
    The Reviewer appears to be biased.

  8. Mr Unni,
    What the Hell you had written as your Review
    Have you ever saw the movie?
    Your review seems to be a Comic for the Viewers so it’s better you stop these utter nonsense?
    On what ground you can say Grandmaster is just an Watchable Movie
    It is the best thriller in the malayalam so far.

  9. Very Good Police Story in Malayalam after a long time.Mohanlal simply rocks,if u don’t know to write movie reviews please stay away from online reviews.Its a great movie

  10. standard film,Mohanlal is so bold and no one else can act his role……………..its the real specialty in this film,good film,good script…………don’t even comment with out clear idea

  11. i agreed with this review… I like mohanlal… But im nt satisfied with whole movie…the chess game things are shit.. But its watchable my rating 6/10

  12. I watched the movie…Hey this story is also copied from one of a serial that was telecasted in Asianet around 8 years before.The name of the serial was “CRIME & PUNISHMENT”.

  13. Very good one. This reviewer doesn’t have brains. It is brilliantly written and executed. Definitely a trend setter kind.

  14. Please MR unni stop these kind of nonsense .. if u dont know how to review ..STOP THIS CRAP !!
    U creatures are ruining the malayalam movie industry ….

  15. I saw the movie 2 days before….It doesnt have anything that is special.its just a movie which has anything to be projected as a mega film.the whole strength of movie is dropped in the climax….This is not expected from the super star of malayalam.

  16. u dont know how to give a review for movie..very bad, plz change this reviewer for the good sake og

  17. Mr Unni first see the movie and then put comment.Dont try to repeat this type of stupid comments.

  18. review movies after seeing the movie,dont review it sitting in the home.look at the words of audience before review.It’s good movie dont make any bad comments about it.

  19. who needs ur certificate Mr.Unni,,,??Request to kerala9..change this Writer(Mr.Unni R Nair)..He does nt know how to review a movie…..


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