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Chintakayala Ravi Movie review
Chintakayala Ravi, starring Venkatesh, Anushka and Mamta Mohandas, is a romantic comedy directed by Yogi with Nallamalupu Bujji producing the movie. This is the producer's second movie with Venkatesh; the first one was Lakshmi, with Nayantara and Charmi as the heroines. It was a super hit and established him as a savvy producer. His next movie Lakshyam, starring Gopichand, Anushka, and Jagapathi Babu, was also a runaway hit.
Subtitled 'Software Engineer', Chintakayala Ravi is typically a Venkatesh-starrer, tailor-made to suit his brand of comedy. Chintakayala Ravi's story came about by sheer luck. The director, Yogi, narrated the story and Venkatesh felt it suited his body language very well; that is how the movie came into being.
Seshamamba (Lakshmi) believes that her son Chintakayala Ravi (Venkatesh) is a software engineer in the U. S. A. leading a high flying life. She boasts about her son to anyone who will listen to her in the village and even fixes a match with a rich girl, Lavanya (Mamta Mohandas), from the same village.
But in reality, Ravi is a bartender though he had gone to the United States with the honest intention of becoming a software engineer. Lavanya had agreed to the alliance with Ravi as he was software engineer, but still, she asks her best friend Sunita (Anushka) to check her prospective groom out and report back.
Chintakayala Ravi had met Sunita accidentally and had pulled some pranks on her leaving her with a bad impression of him. She also finds out what he's really working as and straightaway informs her friend. The rest of the movie is all about the comedy of errors and misunderstandings between the threesome of Chintakayala Ravi, Lavanya and Sunita.
Venkatesh has performed his trademark comedy in this film; he is excellent and cool in his role as Chintakayala Ravi. His wardrobe has been chosen with an eye towards his character in the film. Yogi, one of Ram Gopal Varma's understudies, has understood Venkatesh's strengths and weaknesses and worked accordingly. Venkatesh's trademark comedy, where he is the butt of the joke throughout, has been utilized very well, with the superstar being packaged in a way that his fans will enjoy.
Both Anushka and Mamta Mohandas are oozing glamour and sensuality and complement Venkatesh's on-screen antics perfectly. Mamta Mohandas has a much better role than some of her recent appearances in Telugu films. Lakshmi is very impressive as the proud mother of an NRI son.
The film's comedy track is boosted by the machinations of Brahmanandam, Ali, M.S. Naryana, Srinivasa Reddy and Venu Madhav in the supporting cast.
Needing a new sound for this story of a Telugu guy in the U. S. A., the producer approached Vishal-Sekhar, of Om Shanti Om-fame, to compose the music. Though they didn't understand Telugu, they composed each song with perfect understanding of the situation. The music is an elegant mix of genres with both soothing melodies and heart-thumping dance numbers. Chandra Bose is providing lyrics. Mani Sharma has provided the background score.
Ravindrababu's cinematography is very eloquent, capturing the life of NRIs very adeptly and bringing the Big Apple alive for Telugu filmgoers. Srikara Prasad has done some racy editing to give a racy pace to this comedy entertainer.
Chintakayala Ravi is a very entertaining film as long as you forgive the slow pace of the movie in the middle. A very good film to take the family to as can be expected with any Venkatesh starrer.