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Chatrapathi Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Saturday, October 1, 2005 • Telugu ]
Chatrapathi Review
Prabhas, Shreya
S S Rajamouli

The thing about sentiments in films is that they work. Almost unfailingly.

That is the reason why directors go for it. Rajamouli has done just that, even as he has sought to highlight the robust side of the hero Prabhas. The film may have erred in taking up an issue of refugees that has very little relevance in Andhra, yet the film has its moments. Providing them is the mother sentiment.

Sivaji (Prabhas) is the doting son of his mother (Bhanupriya). She has another son Ashok (Shafi). The latter is obviously jealous of his mother's closeness to his brother. Anyway, the threesome living in Sri Lanka, arrive in Andhra as refugees. But in the melee of arrival, Sivaji ends up in Vizag while his mother and brother end up elsewhere.

Sivaji works in the port with a don Baji Rao (Narendra Jha). But when he exploits the poor as bonded laborers, Sivaji rises in revolt and puts and end to him. But now he has to reach his mother. But he manages to locate her. But is not allowed to get anywhere near her by the jealous brother. The rest of the story is about the pangs in the effort for re--union. Thrown into this story is the love between the hero and the heroine (Shreya).

The film has some gaping holes in it. But Prabhas, despite his weak delivery, lifts the spirits up with a fine portrayal. He looks fit and maturely handles a difficult role. This may perhaps his best performance till date.

Shreya sizzles. But her role is less thick than a cardboard. Bhanupriya brings a pose and dignity to her simple role. Shafi goes over the top. Narendra Jha passes muster as the don. Venu Madhav's spoof works splendidly.

The item songs of Mumaith Khan and Arti Agarwal are for front-benchers.

Keeravani's music, especially songs, is impressive. The technical aspects of the film are also good. Senthil work with the camera is a major asset.

Rajamouli mounts the film stylishly. But he has let too many gaping holes in the script.

Naturally, with so many holes, it doesn't hold water.

Rating: 0 / 5.0


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