A film that had everyone excited right from the get-go, Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, hitting screens on September28 with music by A. R. Rahman under the Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions banners is one of biggest films in terms of production that is coming out this year.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam poster

Featuring a highly talented ensemble star cast with names like STR, ‘Makkal Selvan’ Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Prakash Raj, Dayana Erappa, Mansoor Ali Khan, Appani Sarath among others, CCV has also been dubbed in Telugu under the title, Nawab.

Nawab poster featuring STR Simbu, Arvind Swami, Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi and Arun Vijay

Meanwhile, post the Chekka Chivantha Vaanam trailer release last week, a raging question among fans has been how Mani Ratnam will have balanced screen time for all these stars in a single film.

Mani Ratnam at Chekka Chivantha Vaanam shooting spot

Although not much has been so far been revealed about CCV, our best guess about the plot at this point would be a family embroiled in a crime and its onward consequences.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam still

With multiple characters, it can be difficult to pin down on who exactly could have a role that would be more significant than our predictions till date.

Vijay Sethupathi, STR Simbu, Arvind Swami and Arun Vijay at Chekka Chivantha Vaanam shooting spot

Based on the CCV trailer, we can for sure assume Jyothika’s character will be on par with Arvind Swami as his wife - a stern woman with multiple layers and someone who will not hold back from speaking her mind.

Arvind Swami and Jyothika in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Aditi Rao Hydari, who is a reporter in the film could possibly be getting into an affair with Arvind Swami or possibly be an old flame before he got married to Jyothika and she too lends quite a bit of mystery surrounding the story of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.

Arvind Swami and Jyothika in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Dayana Erappa, who appears only in a few shots alongside Simbu no doubt adds to the mystery and her character apart from being STR's lover can tip the story across any direction. 

STR Simbu and Dayana Erappa in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

Likewise, Jayasudha, who plays mother to Arvind Swami, STR and Arun Vijay in Nawab will most likely have a significant role in tandem with the rest of the stars.

Jayasudha and STR Simbu in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

The biggest surprise in the Chekka Chivantha Vaanam trailer however is that apart from being paired opposite to Arun Vijay, not much was known or revealed about Aishwarya Rajesh’s character.

Arun Vijay and Aishwarya Rajesh in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

That was until a certain point in the CCV trailer when we get a couple of shots of Aishwarya Rajesh holding a criminal placard after apparently being arrested by the Dubai police.

Aishwarya Rajesh in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

It remains to be seen how she ends up in such a situation and whether it involves a certain flashback.

Aishwarya Rajesh in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

With so many characters in a single film and Mani Ratnam, a filmmaker who has in the past made films that have given ample amount of presence for women to shine as well as them being upheld in high esteem, we can expect the ace filmmaker once again to conjure up with a story will remain in our minds for long. 

Mani Ratnam at Chekka Chivantha Vaanam shooting spot