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Veeram is based on the ballads of North Malabar and narrates the tale of the brave and ambitious Kalarippayattu warrior, Chandu, whose story resembles that of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Veeram: Macbeth was first screened at the 1st BRICs Film Festival, New Delhi, in 2016.

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    • Author: Hasirri
    Jayaraj's "Veeram" is the adaptation of the Shakespearian tragedy "Macbeth" into the story of "Chandu Chekavar" from Kerala folklore. It is the costliest Malayalam movie till date. It stars Kunal Kapoor, Shivajith Nambiar, Himarsha Venkatsamy and Divina Thakur in lead roles. The director successfully uses the narrative of "Macbeth" to present the story of Chandu. The dialogues (in North Malabar slang) were brilliant. The cinematography is another highlight of the movie. The locations were visually appealing though they do not seem to match the description of Kerala in "Vadakkan Pattukal". The fight scenes involving the martial art "Kalarippayattu" were well choreographed. All lead actors had undergone training in the martial art for almost a year and it turned out to be critical in the perfection of fight sequences and the warrior-like body language of characters. But when it comes to acting, there are no exceptional performances to talk about.

    "Veeram" never deviates from its track and the director was brave enough to exclude songs from the movie. It begins in the same way as "Macbeth". The reasons for Chandu's indignation towards Aaromal were not explored in this movie. It could have been done; considering that the movie is only about 100 minutes long. Yes; those are familiar to the Malayali audience but "Veeram" is a multilingual made on a larger canvas.

    In short, "Veeram" is a landmark in the history of Malayalam cinema. It is the work of a genius who connected the life of an anti-hero from the folklore of Kerala with that of another from a western world classic; both of whom were ambitious and brave but met with tragic ends.
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    • Author: Iraraeal
    I was totally disappointed after watching the movie. the technical side of the movie is brilliant, with so much of money, effort and resources involved the team could've made the film more worthwhile. The narration and storytelling of the movie is very vague, and I sincerely didn't feel or care for the characters. lot of scenes and dialogues felt so made up and pretentious, could have been better if more and more time was spend on kalaripayattu training sessions, and the dialogue delivery training. Editing could have covered up many more flaws in the movie.

    Visuals and vfx are totally brilliant, great looking cast(not equally brilliant with acting, but could've been lot lot better with time and patience, am sure they are talented), cinematography, music felt good.

    Too much expectation could break your heart. The theatrical edition i just watched is not worth the hype, effort, or the crew's reputation.
  • Credited cast:
    Kunal Kapoor Kunal Kapoor - Chandu Chekavar
    Himarsha Venkatsamy Himarsha Venkatsamy - Unniyarcha
    Aaran Aaran - Aringodar Chekaver
    Ketaki Narayan Ketaki Narayan - Kunnunili
    Bilas Chandrahasan Nair Bilas Chandrahasan Nair - Komappan (as Bilas Nair)
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Shiyas Kareem Shiyas Kareem - Warrior
    Shivajith Padmanabhan Shivajith Padmanabhan - Aromal Chekaver (as Shivajith Nambiar)
    Divinaa Thackur Divinaa Thackur - Kuttimani (as Divina Thakur)
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