Rahul Ravindran, the actor with the boy-next-door looks in Shekar Kammula's Happy Days has come a long way. He was seen in Andala Rakshasi which didn't do well at the box office. Now, he's turned director for Akkineni actor Sushant's movie titled Chi.La.Sow. Nagarjuna Akkineni has bankrolled this film under the Annapurna Studios banner. Let's see what are the elements which impressed Nagarjuna in this and also if Sushant will score a hit with this one!
Chi La Sow Story: Arjun's parents have been after him to get married. But Arjun wants to push it for another five years. Now, the hero's best friend Sujith too has joined the chorus. To beat the routine 'boy-meets-girl' rituals in Telugu families, his parents decide to leave the couple alone at home to decide their future. Enters Anjali who's been shouldering the family responsibility after her father's sudden demise. What happens next? Does she manage to impress Arjun? Do they fall in love? Watch the film to find out.
Except the hero and heroine, the rest of them are mere guest appearances. The entire film revolves around Anjali and Arjun. The hero looks natural and pulled off the role with ease. He has improved a lot when compared to his previous films. His comic timing too is excellent. Since this is a different kind of a love story, there's no scope for him to dance or fight in the film. He scores 10/10 for his performance. The leading lady played by Rohini Sharma stands out and makes an impression in her very first film. Caught between her family responsibility and love for Arjun, she potrays the conflict of emotions very well with her beauty and performance. Vennela Kishore evokes laughs from the audience with his comic timing. The rest of the cast members have done justice to their roles.
Chi La Sow Review
Rahul Ravindran has delivered a different love story as a director. Not just as a director, he even scores as a screenplay writer. However, a few scenes seem prolonged particularly in the first half, a few scenes between Vennela Kishore and Sushant seem stretched. But the story picks up pace after the meeting of hero-heroine. Cinematography is another big plus in the movie. Although the movie has not been shot in fancy locations, the camera work is commendable. Prashant Vihari's music is soothing. Editing and other technical support crew have done their job.
Lead actors' performances
Weak screenplay in the first half
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