Chalo review: An average romantic drama
Decent first half, mediocre second half
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 02 February 2018
Chalo review: An average romantic drama
Naga Shaurya, Rashmika Mandanna, Naresh, Pragathi, Satya, Praveen, Vennela Kishore, Raghu Babu, Viva Harsha, Sudarshan, Achyuth Kumar
A border between two states was drawn in the middle of a village some 60 years ago and since then, the villagers are fighting with each other due to an incident that happened during the division. The fictional village is Tiruppuram. If anybody crosses the line from one village to the other, the person will be killed. Such is the rivalry between these Andhra and Tamil folks. What happens if a guy from Hyderabad enters into this situation? This idea must have sparked director Venky Kudumula to pen the script for his debut film Chalo (why this title? We don’t know).
The protagonist Hari (Naga Shaurya) is introduced as a Hyderabad engineering student who likes to get involved in fights. His father sends him to the village Tiruppuram in the hope that he would become normal guy after watching all the quarrels in that village. Hari moves to the village to complete his graduation and stays in part that belongs to the Telugus. In the college, he falls for Keerthana (Rashmika) and she turns out to be the daughter of the village head of Tamil piece of land. After a couple of funny incidents, romantic duets, the story proceeds like many of Sreenu Vaitla-Kona Venkat’s movies.
Watch the trailer here:
It is true that there are villages that belong to different states in South India. The whole idea of the villagers ruled by a zamindar is far-fetched even for comic purpose. As long as the director focuses on comic portions, it is quite enjoyable but when the movie moves further to the end, the progression turns tedious as logic and loopholes creep in. In the beginning, it is all about hero and hero’s love and their college sequences, which are filled with some good fun lines (though most of them are old jokes). The scenes are individually enjoyable. But post-interval, when the movie needs to come to the story part and logical conclusion, the director has not been able to handle it well. The final act is completely non-serious. In the end, the director tries to give the reason as to why the Telugus and Tamils are fighting in this manner for one incident happened in 1953. The reason given is laughable. If not for Vennela Kishore’s ‘Bloody Rutherford’ jokes, the final part is so lousy.
Naga Shaurya as the engineering student who is smitten by college beauty has done a neat job. Rashmika, who has become quite popular in her home state Karnataka with college fun drama Kirik Party, in her debut impresses with her charming expressions. Among the other actors, Sathya is hilarious. Posani’s first introduction sequence and Vennela Kishore’s scenes are quite enjoyable.
The cinematography is neat. Editing is okay.
The debutant director Venky Kudumula has a talent for comic writing. His dialogue writing is quite appreciable. But the script is weak. As a director, he has handled the first half of the movie well.
Chalo is kind of romantic drama that gives some laughable moments but doesn’t entirely satisfy due to its unconvincing storyline. Funny dialogues and some neat humorous sequences have worked out but beyond that, it is an average fare.
Chalo review: 2.75 Stars
Reactions from social media:
#Chalo is a decent rom-com with interesting premise. Curious set-up, promising love story and Satya 's comedy make-up for good first half. Second half is the downer by its farcical comedy. Nagshourya and Rashmika are good. Cinematography & Vennela Kishore are top class.
#Chalo :@IamNagashaurya's splendid show. #Shaurya looks at his best.Kudos to debutante director @VenkyKudumula 4 commendable job. @iamRashmika is a bundle of talent.She has bright career in T'wood. Comedy is biggest strength. As usual, @vennelakishore nails as Param. Go for it
Just nw completed d #Chalo premier show. Mve is hilarious& superb comedy entertainerBest commercial entertainer and very well satisfied mve in recent tyms.Congrats to do entire team @chalothefilm @IamNagashaurya @iamRashmika @VenkyKudumula #ChaloFromFeb2nd
Entertaining first half with good comedy at regular intervals followed by a neatly executed interval twist. Weak second half with a silly climax (except for few laughs provided by vennela kishore)
#Chalo Hilarious Comedy Entertainer film... Will be biggest commercial hit in @IamNagashaurya career. @iamRashmika wonderful as female lead. director @VenkyKudumula delivered best ... @vennelakishore & #Satya are hilarious... Sure Shot hit film... Watch with family and friends
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film