Release date : March 12, 2019
Rating : 3/5
Starring : Sai Dharam Tej, Kalyani Priyadarshin, Nivetha Pethuraj, Sunil, Posani Krishna Murali
Director : Kishore Tirumala
Producers : Mohan Cherukuri, Naveen Yerneni
Music Director : Devisri Prasad
Cinematographer : Karthik Ghattamaneni
Editor : A sreekar Prasad
Chitralahari is a film which needs to click at any cost as Sai Dharam Tej is going through a rough patch in his career. Directed by Kishore Thirumala, this film has hit the screens today. Let’s see whether Tej gets his much needed hit or not.
Vijay(Sai Dharam Tej) is an engineering graduate who develops an app and keeps approaching various companies. But to his bad luck, he gets rejected most of the time. Let’s with no choice, he starts working at a TV shop and falls in love with Lahari(Kalyani Priyadarshan). But things change with the entry of Shanti(Nivetha Pehturaj) as Vijay loses his love and hope in life. Rest of the story is as to how Vijay gets back on his feet and proves that he is not a loser and becomes successful in life.
Sai Dharam suits the loser’s role in a superb manner. He has caught the emotions in the character perfectly and drives the film through his expressions. His performance in all the scenes with his father Posani are very good and Tej showcases moving emotions in these scenes.
Kalyani Priyadarshan is just about okay as the confused lover. But Nivetha Pehturaj gets a meaty role and is superb in her serious character. Right from her expressions to her body language, she suited the role of a corporate head perfectly.
Posani is amazing as Tej’s dad and his character relates to every middle class parent in the society. Like always, Vennela Kishore was hilarious in his role of English speaking Tamil guy. Wish he had more screen presence.
Sunil gets a good role and was okay in the first half. There are many situations in the film where the youth who are struggling in life will connect to. Brahmaji was efficient as the crooked boss. Dialogues need a special mention as they run the show most of the time.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the film is the pace. Things take forever to come to the actual point. Also, the proceedings have a dejavu kind of a feel as such emotions and break up in love stories have been showcased in many films previously.
Climax of the film is not that gripping and could have been better. Kalyani and her role is not convincing as her character is executed in a proper manner and lacks direction.
There is not much of comedy and entertainment in the film as it runs on a serious and dull note. Though the emotions work well, somehow the spark in the proceedings are missing.
Production values of the film are decent enough as the film has been wrapped up on a simple note. Music by DSP is disappointing as some good songs would havee made a world of difference to this film. Editing is crisp and so were the dialogues which had a lot of depth. Kalyani Priyadarshan has been dressed in a bad manner as she looks old school in most of the screens.
Coming to the director Kishore Thirumala, he has done just an okay job with the film. His strength is dialogues and emotions and he has executed them well. But you always get a feel that the film misses that spark which could have lifted the proceedings to another level. He narrates the film in a slow manner and does not showcase anything new but presents Sai Dharam Tej in a neat manner.
On the whole, Chitralahari is the emotional story of an underdog with some decent moments in both the halves. But the slow pace and serious tone of the film may not be liked by a section of the audience who come expecting entertainment. Because if this, the box office prospects of the film will also be tested. Having said that, the film is way better than Tej’s previous duds and has some feel good moments which are quite relatable. The film can be easily given a shot once but just keep your expectations in check.
Rating : 3/5