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After making his presence taken notice of by the industrywallahs, young hero Venu & Co. S P Entertainments comes up with one more musical bonanza this summer (imagine guys). While G. Ramprasad helms the film, Trivikram Srinivas shows the night of his own with this film. Top music director Melody Brahma Mani Sharma composes a peppy musical score for this youthful entertainer. Let’s see if this film delivers on the promise with Chirunavvutho review.
Venu and his ways
Venu is an ordinarily extraordinary guy who doesn’t hold his ways no matter what. He speaks from his heart. And is an unbridled optimist. And is pragmatic in his ways than being an idealist for idealism sake. In short, he’s the guy most of us guys aspire to be. And he delivers one liners which are most appropriate to this Twitter and instant messaging age. He’s an orphan who lives with his maternal uncle who takes care of him like his own child.
The film starts with the scene of the marriage of Venu with his uncle’s daughter. Her life with Venu is taken for granted by the elders because it is what it is. But as a modern thinking yet grounded girl, Aruna leaves the marriage with the guy she loves. The reason she states is: Venu is just a cook. And cannot provide much in life. Like today most of the guys who are rejected in marriage for not having corporate jobs or higher salaries. In a world where even those girls and boys post on social media money cannot buy happiness. See, didn’t I say the film is tailor-made for social media age?
Venu is introduced in a curious way. Even though it’s his own wedding ceremony, he teaches the bemused cook of the catering group techniques in making Mirchi Bajji. He’s a man who has made cooking his life style than just a means of living. A modern day youngster with a passion for what he does. He takes Aruna’s rejection in his stride and leaves the village to make use of his talent in the big city. He stays with his friend Prabhu who also keep a company of the quintessential youth gang. Prabhu is apparently the breadwinner of the company. L. B. Sriram who plays Baabaai is the resident cook of the house.
Venu attends an interview but loses the job because he keeps the interviewer in his place. He doesn’t take lack of seriousness in job easily. And he finds that interviewer not competent enough. Obviously because he’s Brahmanandam. We’re then introduced to the heroine, typical city-bred rich girl (as this film is meant for youth and family audience, she’s not too ultra-modernish) who returns from the US after education. In a party she attended with her friend, her drink is tampered with by a group of bad guys.
Like in a typical Telugu dubbed Tamil film, our hero interferes and saves the heroine when the baddies try to violate the intoxicated heroine. After the fight, the heroine plants a kiss on our hero and thank him. A small town/rural guy he takes it as she loves him. And he falls for her. She’s graceful looking and gorgeous after all. But she has her own opinion on love and marriage. She doesn’t believe in love before marriage. How our hero manages to win the love of the heroine with his straightforward nature form the rest of the story.
Sparkling chemistry between the lead pair
Venu played a life-like role with aplomb. The characterisation is tailor made for him. And thankfully there are no jokes about his height in this film. His dialogue delivery is spot on for the role. The way he utters the one liners written by Trivikram Srinivas with a poker face works in the favour of the mood of the film (pleasant and peppy). His screen presence improved and his chemistry with the heroine is superb.
The heroine Shaheen Khan is super gorgeous and stylish in her Tollywood debut. The dubbing also suited very well. Her styling in general scenes and songs gave her a memorable debut in Telugu. It is Prakash Raj who gives emotional sparks to the film as the comedic but shrewd antagonist. He plays the role of (SPOILER - he’s the lover of Aruna) an ambitious manipulator in his inimitable manner. You have to watch his confrontation scenes with Venu to believe how good those scenes turned out.
Prema played hero’s maradalu and is good. She carries the emotional thread of the film alongside Chandrabhan Chandramohan played an emotional role as hero’s uncle. Senior actor Giribabu is good as heroine’s businessman father. His character is that of a shrewd businessman and he is perfect in a few scenes as the man who love to pull the strings and keep situations under his control. He has a couple of scenes with Venu (one comedic and another serious). Both those scenes worked out very well adding depth to the film.
Among the friends gang, Sunil is fun with his quick repartees. L. B. Sriram played a role very typical of him and delivers several laugh out loud moments with his innocent mannerisms. Brahmanandam as a hotel manager who lacks self esteem is superb. Ali shines in a two scene cameo as a consulting physiologist. Beware, you may get stomachache laughing in those scenes. M. S. Narayana is typecast as the black sheep of the heroine’s family. He’s a drunkard and live the role. The casting of the film is spot on.
Writing is the strength
The direction of the film by Ramprasad is adequate. His taking is similar to that of K. Vijay Bhaskar. Means: it is modern. But devoid of striking style. It is Trivikram Srinivas’ writing that is the biggest highlight of the film. The dialogues are great and quotable. They are meme worthy. And will surely become part of our daily life. The way he inserted casual dialogues in between heavy dialogues is good. He lifted a few scenes from Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful - the Italian World War II black comedy but blended them very well into the narration.
Mani Sharma’s musical wizardry
Music by Mani Sharma is top-notch. The songs are chartbusters as it is usual for Mani’s albums. Kanulu Kalisaayi is the best of the lot. Santhosham Sagan Balam is another great song penned by Sirivennela. The background score further elevated the already peppy mood of the film. The cinematography by K. Prasad is neat. The production design is good for the budget of the film. The Niagara Falls are very well shown on the screen in a beautiful melody. The production values are excellent.
Takeaway - A special film
Chirunavvutho is a special film. It is well made and anticipates the social media generation of the youth very well. Surprisingly good story and slick narration with more fun and adequate emotions combined with superb score by Mani Sharma makes this a must watch. Of course, it may command multiple watchings. The lead pair’s beautiful chemistry is an icing on the cake. Highly recommended
Khelo Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Reviewed by GitacharYa