Sai Dharam Tej is excellent in this cliched underdog story
Vijay (Sai Dharam Tej) is dejected in his life as his luck never favours him. He invents a special device that can save lives, but he is never given an opportunity to prove himself. The only person who believes in Vijay his father played by Posani Krishna Murali.
As he is let down by the people, he drinks almost every day with his glassmate Mike (Sunil). Vijay is sidetracked by Lahari (Kalyani Priyadarshan) who has no mind of her own. Also, in the opposite spectrum in Sweccha (Nivetha Pethuraj), Vijay's childhood friend who is extremely judgemental in life.
Chitralahari is the story of an undergo who aims to make it big in life. Will Vijay succeed in life? Will he join hands with his lady love? Will he get the much-needed recognition in life?
Sai Dharam Tej is truly back with a bang as he has brought authenticity to the role he has played in Chitralahari. He is quite natural as the underdog and makes us sympathise with his situation for the most part.
Kalyani Priyadarshan as Lahari is the perfect example of a damsel in distress and her looks are a perfect fit for the role. After Hello, Chitralahari is a film that has explored a different side of Kalyani.
Nivetha Pethuraj is a corporate professional and with her limited expressions, she is just the perfect fit. There is no forced romance portion between the two female leads, which is a refreshing change.
There are a bunch of experienced actors like Posani Krishna Murali, Rao Ramesh, Kesava Karri of C/o Kancharapalem, Sunil and Vennela Kishore. Their characters have less screentime but makes the necessary impact.
Kishore Tirumala has taken up a Himalayan task by taking a done-to-death story and giving it his own twist. Chitralahari is the story of an underdog achieving in his life. The director has incorporated a few elements that make the film interesting.
Chitralahari starts off with a good note and it is quite refreshing to see Sai Dharam Tej in his element. Further, Kishore Tirumala has introduced characters in a non-judgemental manner.
Sai Dharam Tej is a huge plus to the story as he delivered an excellent performance as the underdog. As opposed to the 'mega hero' characters he has played in his previous ventures, his character Vijay in Chitralahari is a welcome change.
Devi Sri Prasad's songs are a huge plus to the story as it elevates the theme of the film. However, his BGMs sound repetitive and a bit jarring to the ears.
Though the film starts off on a positive note, the second half is a bit emotional and melodramatic, which is one of the major disadvantages of Chitralahari. Also, there are unnecessary and forced life lessons that Kishore keeps throwing at audiences one after another.
The climax, too, seems overstretched and if the director had concentrated a bit more on it, Chitralahari would have been a perfect summer entertainer. Now, it falls short by a few miles.
Chitralahari is a film that can neither be avoided nor be skipped. If you are a sucker for watching underdog movies, then Kishore Tirumala's film is a must watch this holiday season. Also, do not miss Sai Dharam Tej's refreshing performance.