As the makers of Charulatha claimed, the movie, which
is made in four languages, is a remake of Thai movie
Alone. For the first time, Priyamani, who was not seen in
female-centric projects, has played the role of twins and has
completely justified her roles. Charulatha is a
suspense-horror-thriller directed by P Kumar, who had earlier
directed blockbuster Only Vishnuvardhana starring
Charulatha revolves around the conjoined twins and
their love story. They (Charu and Latha) were together like one
body and one soul until Ravi (Skanda) enters their lives. His love
for Charu divides the twins and creates lots of frustration between
them. This leads her mother (Saranya Ponvannan) to separate their
attached body but one among the twins dies. The mystery begins, as
the unhappy soul starts seeking revenge.
The story of Charulatha is completely engaging with a
right amount of thrill and suspense. But it would have been good if
it had more number of spine-chilling moments. Having made the
audience sit on their toes till the end, the director has failed to
deliver a fitting climax. Nonetheless, it does not matter to a
large extent and emerges as a good entertainer.
Priyamani has delivered her best performance till date. Her stellar performance is the strength of the story. Hats off to the director and cinematographer for shooting her conjoined portions without errors. Debutant Skanda is overshadowed by Priyamani but he has done a decent job. However, Saranya Ponvanan and Seetha have not got much to do in Charulatha. Ravi Shankar's character is waste.
P Kumar, the captain of the ship, has come up with a good
subject this time. Though the movie could not be labelled as a
great flick, Charulatha gives you a different experience
and can be said as a 'paisa-vasool' outing. The attempt to make the
film on conjoined twins has to be appreciated. Panner Selvam's
cinematography is excellent but the songs composed by Sundar C Babu
are not up to the mark, even though the background score is
Verdict: Priyamani steals the show.