Chirutha is so much fun. It´s a movie of the So-Bad-It´s-Good-variety and has a healthy dose of masala thrown in it. Family vengeance? Ridiculous fighting? Wasted sacrifices made by children? Item songs? That´s Chirutha for you.
I admit that you have to be a huge Ram Charan Tej-fan (like me) to enjoy this, because it´s his show entirely, but come on! Who doesn´t love the way the songs are thrown in at completely unsuitable plotpoints, the bitchy ways of the heroine and Uber-Daddy Prakash Raj holding speeches about how poor people are to be avoided because they envy the Rich for their wealth and therefore want to do bad things to them?
You just have to see over the ridiculous story, the big-as-a-crater-plotholes, the totally unbelievable romance, the bad costume choices and the latent vibe of class arrogance and lean back to enjoy the amazing songs, the awesome - yet incredible - fight scenes (there´s even one set in a place which looks like stolen from a chinese Martial Arts movie complete with kung fu-fighting goondas), the wacky villain and his Psycho-Son, Charan´s hair and you have an awesome masala-movie that can never bore you because there is so much to look at!
|The Hero. Shoo CUTE.|
|Charan in a Japanese school uniform.|
|Hot Charan. Marvel at the hair blow.|
|Their first meeting.|
|Charan doing the usual Hero-in-love-stuff, i.e. stalking your ladylove.|
|Sanjana in one of her "I am so rich and you are nothing, you scum!"- outbursts.|
|Even Charan is happy.|
|Alas, he can´t take the suspense.|
|But who cares, right?|
|Well, we don´t.|
Well, I liked it a lot. I´m just a sucker for all that mentioned above, add a plotturn where the two lovers strand on a deserted yet beautiful island and you´re sold, at least by me.
The actors and acting are similar. Charan is doing his best and although looking drop-dead gorgeous throughout the film, you see that it´s his first movie. But there are some who are much worse than him and anyways, as his Nr. 1 fan I can forgive Cherry-Darling a lot.
Neha Sharma is really pretty and her dancing is acceptable although not to be compared with Charan´s. Maybe he has to learn a lot about acting but, man, this guy can move!
Neha´s acting ability is equal to zero but that´s okay since her main purpose for the movie is to look pretty and be in the songs. Prakash Raj is just Prakash Raj doing his own thing and being awesome.
There are also two comedy subplots including Brahmanandam (who ´till now has been in every Telugu movie I have seen so far) as a ship captain and Ali as a transsexual brothel-owner. Seriously, I am not making this up.
The only thing I have to complain about ***SPOILER and really hate about the movie is that Charan gives Neha a slap on the face halfway through the movie and threatens to RAPE her in the second half. I´m sorry but I don´t get this attitude towards violence against women. (And not only here, it´s a general problem in Indian movies). As soon as the Hero hurts the Heroine physically, the whole movie is spoilt for me. There is no way I can go on to believe in their romance because which woman with a healthy amount of self-respect would fall for a guy who abuses her? And in Chirutha it´s really bad. Right after his fake attempt to rape her, she falls in love with him, implying that it´s okay to scare a girl like that because "I just did it to prove my love to you." Sure, dude, whatever.
|...we go to this. Just NO.|
Well, apart from this little complaining point, I think Chirutha is a really enjoyable movie despite its obvious flaws and if you like wacky plots, great songs with such poetic lyrics like "You are my choco bar...", exotic locations, beautiful actors and Ali as a drag queen, I would highly recommend it to you.