Young and handsome Naga Shaurya waiting for a real breakthrough from long has pinned hopes on this refreshing flick starring Rashmika Mandanna as heroine under debutant direction Venky Kudumula, protégé of Trivikram Srinivas, bankrolled on his home banner of Ira Creations. Let us see, how far Chalo can start a new beginning for Shaurya?
Hari (Naga Shaurya) grows up as atypical Hyderabad youngster who takes pleasure getting into petty fights. Unable to bear this attitude, parents (Naresh, Pragathi) send Hari to Tiruppuram, a village situated in Andhra, Tamil Nadu border where people kill each other in Telugu and Tamil feuds. Here in Tiruppuram Engineering College, Hari falls in love with Karthika (Rashmika), daughter of Tamil group’s headman. If Hari has to win in love, he is posed to the challenge of uniting Telugu and Tamil groups. How he achieved the task using his friends is rest of laughter riot.
Chalo is inspired from many successful storylines of a village struck in feud between two groups and how hero wins his love for peace to prevail. Difference is this rather serious looking plot is entertainingly handled by Venky Kudumula. With hilarious writing and engaging screenplay, Venky succeeded to most of the extent in making Chalo as a light hearted entertainer. Though screenplay fell on lethargic lines in second half, his penchant for punches at regular intervals just like his mentor Trivikram helped the narrative to flow freely despite there was missing central substance. However, Venky could not exhibit the same ease in second half as what he showed in first half. Sai Sriram’s camera work is good while editing by Kotagiri, Thammiraju is fine. Music by Mahathi Swara Sagar stood firm in background while couple of melodies served the purpose. Production standards from Usha Mulpuri are too good.
About performances, Shaurya not only looked handsome but also showed charm in timing the comic punches. In romantic scenes and funny situations, he was so natural and did not try over board heroism. Rashmika is not a stunner yet left soft impact with cute expressions. While Posani, Viva Harsha, Sathya, Praveen and Raghu Babu stole fun in first half, it was Vennela Kishore’s Rutherford was a relief in second half. Naresh, Pragathi and Tamil artists made their presence.
Regional feelings are quite common in many parts of South India. Same can evidentially be seen and felt at many colleges. Venky Kudumula tried to emulate the same scenario here in Chalo and expanded his story element into a complete feature film with romance, fun and a doltish, logic less core point. Whatsoever, if you love bizarre comedy with weird characters and outlandish contexts, Chalo can sure be a decent watch to keep smiles on face.
First half begins with Naresh elucidating his son Shaurya’s characterization as titles roll on. Fun in this part is of course discontinuous but Shaurya registers. Sending Shaurya to Tiruppuram is dominated more with good sense of humor. Once Shaurya lands in Tiruppuram, many characters at college like Sathya, Viva Harsha, Praveen, Raghu Babu, Posani keep fun factor too high as there’s frolicking humor. In parallel, love track with Rashmika and feuds between Telugu, Tamil are also established. By interval, the central key of Shaurya sandwiched between two groups leaves a best platform for second half.
Well, Venky had a decent take off for second half but soon lost the steam. His writing too meanders around but lands nowhere. What looks like a game of wits did not mature enough to keep audience hooked. Had there been meaty treatment in this part, Chalo’s result could have gone two steps high. Only with entry of Vennela Kishore, the film falls back on track to end with a silly flashback and unexpected, unwanted climax.
Beyond all the flaws, if you are looking for a fun-ride in the weekend… Chalo is a good choice. Naga Shaurya, Rashmika and the big band of comedy artists are best kept to use by Veny Kudumula. While the final success range of Chalo at Box Office has to be wait and seen but for sure this flick will give a big boost for Shaurya’s career. CJ goes with 2.75 stars.
Chalo CJ Rating: 2.75/5.0
Chalo CJ Punchline: Fun n Romance
Reviewed by Srivaas