Nitin is considered as a reliable actor with good market value. Though his LIE was a flop, expectations roused decent on Chal Mohan Ranga because the project is produced by Pawan Kalyan, Trivikram jointly and the star director also offered script. Director Krishna Chaitanya also passed the test with debut film Rowdy Fellow. Let’s see whether Chal Mohan Ranga will live up to expectations or not in the following review.
Mohan Ranga (Nitin) just finished his degree and aspiring to fly USA. His visa is rejected three times and finally stamped on visiting visa. He has a strong reason this time to step on foreign soil. When Ranga is in a situation to be sent back immediately to India, he plans to find an extension with a job there.
Meanwhile he meets Madhu (Madhunandan) and also a girl Megha (Megha Aakash) who too assists him in fulfilling his dream. However, a misunderstanding between the two leads for break-up, actually they are in love. Rest of the story is how things settle between them as story shifts back to India.
Truly speaking, director Krishna Chaitanya is blessed to have got best backing in Trivikram Srinivas assisting on screenplay. Unfortunately there is neither a unique story element nor the screenplay is absorbing except Trivikram mark hilarious dialogues to offer relief here and there. Nonetheless, Krishna Chaitanya botched to do any justice for his job and his inexperience is highlighted throughout. Entire narrative goes on a dull mode with forcibly included scenes and lethargically prolonged tracks. There’s no drama one expects from these kinds of films.
SS Thaman’s re-recording work is pretty weak and so are the mediocre songs. Pedda Puli song will please mass audience and picturization was also substantial. Cinematography by Natarajan Subramaniam is riveting while editing has got lot many jerks into this rather slow-paced storytelling. Production values of Shresth Movies and Pawan Kalyan Creative Works are poor. A product of this quality is unexpected from these massive brands.
About artists, Nitin in a regular role of middle class guy dreaming big about life pulls off his act with aplomb. He has put in some weight and looked handsome in good costumes. Nitin’s comic timing is on spot and tickles the funny bone. Megha Akash looked beautiful in modern costumes than traditional. Performance wise, she stood stable in unstable characterization. Madhunandan and Prabhas Srinu couldn’t provide any fun. Lizzyis wasted completely. Rao Ramesh was at his usual best yet his character is middling. Artist who played Nitin’s childhood friend is funny. Other artists made their presence.
Comedy in Parts
Story, Script, Direction
Chal Mohan Ranga is a regular youthful romantic entertainer with Trivikram mark hilarity in parts. Though there are reasonably acceptable entertaining elements which give a feel of watching comedy bits in a TV show, sluggish narrative and lack of emotions in drama played the spoilsport. While the story is age old and regular, flat and predictable screenplay with zero twists and turns did not leave any scope for director Krishna Chaitanya who just succeeded in handling a few comedy portions and failed as a director in keeping up with expectations.
First half kick starts with Nitin and Megha Akash rushed to a hospital as protagonist narrates his story from childhood. Here, childhood episodes introducing us to Nitin’s family and first crush are ok. Nitin finishing degree and bagging visa to fly USA are acceptable. Though reason for his fly is silly, Pedda Puli song is an eye and ear feast for masses. Entire drama for H1B in the USA might connect with a section. Meeting Megha Akash and Nitin confusing Lizzy between horse jockey and underwear jockey is a laughable stock. Slowly and steadily, we heads towards interval as disturbances creep between the lead couple. First half is just acceptable yet below par on content.
Second half too begins on dull note and Nitin mechanically attending the job and Megha passing the time make the storytelling soul less. Nitin’s hunt for Megha’s address is a test of patience. Hospital episode and Khaidi No 150 spoof is further silly. Pre-climax and predictable climax are again weakest portions which affected CMR overall output.
All in all, Chal Mohan Ranga is a boring saga with limited hilarious moments here and there. Bad writing of characterizations, regular plot, time tested story-telling and weak direction made the film a below average fare. CJ goes with 2.25 star rating and feels as if Trivikram tried a hand on production with this age old script which he wrote long-long-ago.