Chandamama - A review
C Dharma Raju
Jeevi Rating: 2.5/5
(Two and half on a scale of five)
Anjala, Keerti and Jagapathibabu
Camera: Jayanan Vincent
Music: Mani Sharma
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Jayant
Producer: C Aswini Dutt
(Nag) is an accomplished telugu pop singer. He visits US of
A to give a few live stage shows. He has a fiancee (maradalu)
called Rukhmini(Keerti) back at home (Vizag). Meghana is an
US educated girl staying in LA, who has a lover called Sujit
(Jagapathi) back in India. Nag meets Meghana at a party. Meghana
develops a few preconceived wrong notions about Sashi by observing
him talking to various girls.
When Sashi plans his trip to India along with his troop he
chooses to travel in Leo Star Cruise liner from Singapore
to Vizag. Incidentally Meghana too takes the same route to
Vizag to meet her longtime love Sujit. As they travel together
they get to know more about each other. Though they are aware
of the fact that they do have fiancees, they could not stop
inevitable thing happening. They fall in love with each other.
Being a matured lover Sashi explains Meghana that the feelings
they have for each other might have been generated out of
infatuation. Sashi comes up with a proposal that they must
stay away from meeting and talking to each other for 90 days
and spend their time with their respective fiancees. On 90th
day if they have the same feeling as of today they will meet
at the light house of Vizag port. Then they can dump their
fiancees to get married to each other.
After waiting for 90 days, Meghana is standing at the light
house of Vizag port. Sashi meets with an accident enroute
light house. Thereby he fails to make it to meet Meghana and
express his love. A disappointed Meghana agrees to marry Sujit.
As Sujit and Meghana are about to tie the knots, Sashi attends
the marriage to sing a song.
We have four characters (Sashi, Meghana, Sujit and Rukhmini)
eagerly waiting for the things to happen. To know what we
have in store for the climax, you need to watch this film
on big screen.
Nag: Nag acted with an unmatched charm. He is given a
Anjala: Anjala is given a performance packed role. She
tried her best to act well. Sometimes viewers get confused in
interpreting the expressions of Anjala.
Keerti and Jagapathi Babu: They did their small guest
role with zest.
Direction: Jayant, best known for his excellent character
based treatment, tried to play his characters sensibly. But
the touch of Jayant is conspicuously missing in this film. He
has chosen a seemingly unconvincing story line and could not
justify in portraying his characters with conviction. The portrayal
of his characters Sashi and Meghana and their relationships
are pretty confusing.
Screenplay: Screenplay in the first half is good and
in second half it's gone haywire.
Music: Music by Mani Sharma is a plus point for this
Songs: As Sashi is a singer, he would be getting lot
of requests from various people to sing. There is nothing special
about an Aishwarya Rai graced special song. Fast beat songs
are good. Melodious songs are very good. Good choreography by
Lawrence for Nandanandana song. Farah Khan and Ahmed Khan also
composed steps for a few songs.
half of this film is decent. But the second half is unbearable.
Director seems to have lost grip on the film in the second half
and tried to wind it up by rushing to the climax at a brisk
pace and made the viewer feel clue less and uncomfortable. There
are nine songs in this film. Too many songs may make the viewer
insipid watching the film. This unconvincing story plot may
not go too well with the telugu viewers. This film is loosely
based on an English film called 'An Affair To Remember' and
bears resemblance to Hindi 'Mann'. Watch out for the reaction
of viewers in the form of the box office collections in the
weeks to come.
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