|Directed by||B. Unnikrishnan|
|Written by||B. Unnikrishnan|
|Distributed by||Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments (Kerala)|
UTV Motion Pictures (Overseas)
Grandmaster is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film written and directed by B. Unnikrishnan and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur under the production company UTV Motion Pictures. The film stars Mohanlal as Chandrasekhar, an IPS officer who begins investigating a series of murders after receiving an anonymous note. The supporting characters are played by Priyamani, Narain, Anoop Menon, Babu Antony, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Arjun Nandhakumar.
Grandmaster was the debut Malayalam production of UTV Motion Pictures. The film was released on 3 May 2012 to widely positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success at the box office. Grandmaster was released in the online video streaming service Netflix in the United States and Canada, making it the first ever Malayalam film to be released on Netflix. It was also the first Malayalam film to be released with English subtitles outside Kerala.
Chandrasekhar, a senior IPS officer, (Mohanlal) is the head of the newly created Metro Crime Stopper Cell in Kochi. Chandrasekhar arrests Jerome, a psychologically deviant man and rescues three girls he had kidnapped, but his ex-wife Deepthi (Priyamani), who is a lawyer, manages to get Jerome sent to treatment in a psychiatric facility, rather than a prison sentence. It turns out that the three girls had been mocking Jerome, which had led to his actions of kidnapping them in the first place.
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 investigate a string of murders: coffee shop owner Alice (Fathima Babu), famous singer Beena Thomson (Roma Asrani) and leading businesswoman Chandrika Narayanan (Seetha). These murders follow a mysterious alphabetical pattern, and each victim also has a cross slit on their forehead. Around the same time, Chandrasekhar's daughter is preparing for a play under the lead of famous actor Mark Roshan (Arjun Nandakumar).
Chandrasekhar divorced three years earlier because Chandrasekhar discovered that Deepthi was using information from Chandrasekhar for professional gain. Deepthi confesses to Chandrasekhar that the three recently murdered women were all involved in the murder of Paul Mathew and made it look like a suicide. Chandrasekhar realizes that Deepthi is the next target and comes with her to their daughter's play where they meet a religious fanatic named Victor Rosetti (Babu Antony) who had been present in all three crime scenes, disguised as a salesman, and has been stalking Deepthi. The recurring theme of chess is obvious in the game between Chandrashekhar and the unknown Mr. Z.
Chandrashekhar understands that there is a mastermind behind Victor Rosetti and decides to play a 'queen's gambit' in his own words. Chandrasekhar finally manages to corner Victor on the rooftop of a theater, Victor commits suicide by falling off the rooftop to the pavement. Then, Chandrasekhar questions Dr. Jacob and says that he has evidence that he is the killer of the three women, in a ploy to mislead the real killer. He has his men protect his daughter but lets his wife into the school where the play was held. The real murderer comes in, attempting to strangle Deepthi with a red scarf. Fortunately, Chandrasekhar stops him and then finally corners the real murderer on the stage. The murder turns out to be none other than Mark himself, who is then revealed by Chandrashekhar to be Paul Mathew's younger brother, his real name being Roshan Mathew.
Mark confesses that he has held a grudge against the women for his brother's death, which Chandrashekhar had already known. Then, Mark also confessed that, disguised as a priest, he manipulated Victor, a schizophrenic patient, into believing that he had committed the murders himself. He had planned for Victor to commit the final murder on Deepthi during the play, but attempted to use the scenery of the fight between Chandrasekhar and Victor to complete his plan. In a last-minute attempt to avenge his brother, Mark tries to jump from the stage to murder Deepthi with a dagger, but is shot to death by Chandrasekhar, thus saving Deepthi's life. The film then ends with Chandrasekhar and Deepthi, along with their daughter, finally together again in their house.
- Mohanlal as Chandrasekhar IPS
- Priyamani as Advocate Deepthi, wife of Chandrasekhar
- Anoop Menon as Dr. Jacob
- Narain as Kishore
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Rashid
- Babu Antony as Victor Rosetti
- Arjun Nandhakumar as Mark Roshan / Roshan Mathew
- Roma Asrani as Beena Thomson
- Siddique as Paul Matthew
- Devan as ADGP
- Seetha as Chandrika
- Santosh Sleeba as Sub-Inspector
- Sreelekshmy V as Dakshayini Chandrasekhar
- Riyaz Khan as Jerome Jacob
- Mithra Kurian as Bindya Mathew
- Fathima Babu as Alice
- Rajshri Nair as Susan
- Manikuttan as Eby Kuriakose
- Ambika Mohan as Chandrasekhar's mother
- Gayathri as Jerome's mother
Grandmaster is the maiden production of Bollywood production company UTV Motion Pictures in Malayalam cinema. About naming the film Grandmaster, Unnikrishnan said he cannot thinks a better title than Grandmaster, "the whole story is about a grandmaster. He is a great chess enthusiast; he is also a great detective. It is the most appropriate title". For the leading female role of advocate Deepthi, Unnikrishnan approached Andrea Jeremiah, Sonia Agarwal, and Reemma Sen before signing Priyamani. Grandmaster is the first film of Priyamani with Mohanlal. Few years back Priyamani had expressed her desire to act in a film alongside Mohanlal. Deepthi is a criminal lawyer who is separated from her husband Chandrasekhar and in the turn of events, they are forced to work together.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||4 April 2012|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Deepak Dev chronology|
|1.||"Akaleyo Nee"||Chitoor Gopi||Vijay Yesudas||4:38|
|2.||"Aaranu Nee"||Chandra Shekar||Suchithra||4:52|
|3.||"Doore Engo Nee"||Hari||Sanjeev||4:25|
|4.||"Aaranu Nee (Club Mix)"||Chandra Shekar||Suchithra||4:14|
|5.||"My Moment"||Deepak Dev||Krishna Kumar||2:02|
|6.||"The Grandmaster Theme"||Instrumental|
Grandmaster was expected to be released on 27 April 2012, but was postponed. The film was released on 3 May 2012. In Vue, it was released on 29 July 2012. Surya TV purchased the broadcast rights for ₹3.25 crore (US$460,000). Grandmaster was released in the online video streaming service Netflix in the United States and Canada, making it the first ever Malayalam film to be released on Netflix. It was also the first Malayalam film to be released with English subtitles outside Kerala.
|Kerala State Film Award||Best Male Singer||Vijay Yesudas (for "Akaleyo Nee")||Won|
|Asianet Film Awards||Best Actor||Mohanlal||Won|
|Asiavision Awards||Best Actor||Mohanlal||Won|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Debutant Producer||Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala||Won|
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