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Chirutha: Watch it for Ram Charan

G P Aditya Vardhan | September 29, 2007 12:47 IST

This is not what one expected of Puri Jagannath. It appears as if he got bogged down with the sole idea of how well to project Ram Charan in his debut film.

After all, Charan is the son of megastar Chiranjeevi [Images], which calls for extra caution. Starting with his first appearance on screen, action scenes, extravagance, dances and rich locales, the debut actor needed to be extraordinary.

So, Puri Jagannath seems to be more preoccupied with all this while canning Chirutha. Therefore, the script goes for a toss and the screenplay is not given due importance. Otherwise how can one explain the presence of numerous action sequences and songs?  

About Charan; here is a guy who shows no attitude whatsoever. He appears very down to earth in the character he plays. He also stays clear of any oblique reference to his star father by way of dialogue or adopting any particular mannerism or style.
And being the son of Chiranjeevi, it is inevitable for the viewers to draw parallels between the duo and it is no mean task to tear himself away from the towering shadow of his father. Yet Charan did not let this factor cow him down. He does well in emotional scenes but does not appear to be that confident especially in the first few scenes.

The action scenes, though well orchestrated are bizarre at times. One has to view them with a pinch of salt.  Jagan chooses Bangkok as the backdrop and the scenic beauty around is canned well. The dialogues lack punch and Jagan should have given this task to somebody else instead of taking it upon himself.

Coming to casting, apart from the lead pair, the rest of the star cast comprises Jagan's regulars like Prakash Raj [Images], Ashish Vidyarthi, Sayaji Shinde [Images], Ali, Brahmanandam. The comedy track is sad despite the presence of Brahmanandam, Ali, Dharmavarapu, Venu Madhav and M S Narayana. Ali, who generally gets a good character in Jagan's films appears a caricature in this. The comedy borders on vulgarity and there is enough skin show as well. 

The story goes like this. Charan's father is killed and mother grievously injured by Bhiku. To get his mother operated, Charan goes to prison in place of a rich spoilt brat who kills his watchman. However, Charan finds that his mother is dead when he comes out of jail. Meanwhile he falls in love with a rich girl Sanjana [Images] (Neha Sharma) who cares a hoot for him.

Charan lands a job as tourist guide in Bangkok. As luck would have it, he happens to be the guide of his lover who is on a visit to Bangkok. But Charan's visit to Bangkok has another reason too and that is what the rest of the film is all about.

Ram Charan is quite promising. Dance and action appears to be forte. He is rather graceful in the dance numbers. The heroine is good and dances well. Prakash Raj is stereotypical in his role as the heroine's father. Music by Mani Sarma is acceptable with two songs.

There is nothing new in this film except Ram Charan. This is definitely not one of Jagan's best films. If you don't think of Pokir, you may like this 

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