Helmed by Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, Check revolves around the protagonist (played by Nithiin), who is imprisoned after being falsely accused of crimes he did not commit and eventually learns to play chess in prison. While Singh plays the role of his lawyer, Varrier plays a role in a flashback sequence. Nithiin was trained by professional chess coaches to learn the game’s basic moves, for this film.
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The film’s shooting commenced in August 2020 and was completed in November. Check was shot in Hyderabad, most of it within sets. Earlier, speaking to Silverscreen India, Yeleti had said that shooting during the pandemic was challenging. “We had started to shoot after the lockdown was lifted and we had to ensure that whoever was on the set get tested [for Covid-19] in the morning. Even I got tested three to four times during the schedule. There were at least around 150 members in the set always, so we had to keep in mind the protocols since it was our duty to take care of the whole unit,” the filmmaker had said. He also said that he had to re-visualise some scenes due to the pandemic to avoid crowds.
Yeleti had said that he had come up with a “faint storyline” of Check more than five years back and added that he had a story about how a “talented” person would react to facing death. Though he did not have prison set-up or chess in mind, the filmmaker recalled how he always had the idea that the protagonist would be talented in a craft.
He said that the idea of bringing chess into the storyline came through his visits to prisons. “The character in the film has a high IQ level but he was born poor. The film brings in the question of what happens when a highly intelligent person uses his intelligence in wrong ways,” Yeleti said.
Check is produced by V Anand Prasad, under the Bhavya Creations banner,and executive produced by Anne Ravi. The music is composed by Kalyani Malik. The production designer is Vivek Annamalai. Rahul Srivastava is the cinematographer, and Anal Aniruddhan is the editor.
Check will be Nithiin’s first release for this year.