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Chandamama Kathalu - Movie Review

An anthology film is a feature film consisting of several different short films, which are often tied together by a single theme or premise or brief interlocking event. It is said to be one of very difficult kind of genres of filmmaker and not many have dared to do one in Telugu so far. Praveen Sattaru has done it. Hats off to the young director for trying out a rare genre in Tollywood, which is known for masala entertainers.

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Praveen Sattaru's latest directorial venture Chandamama Kathalu, which has released in theatres today (April 25), is an anthology film featuring eight stories. Praveen Sattaru is the hero here and his wonderful script, narration and dialogues are the main attractions in the film. The lead actors' performances, Mickey J Meyer's music and background score and Suresh Ragutu's cinematography are its other highlights. The slow-paced narration is one main drawback of the movie.

Taking inspiration from various Hindi movies, director Praveen Sattaru has created eight wonderful plots in Chandamama Kathalu that he has intertwined in a nice way. He has tried his best to establish each of these sub stories and every character in the first half, but he seems to have forgotten the pace of the narration, which is very slow and may test your patience. He has heightened the intensity of emotion quotient in second half, but has failed to elevate the essence of the film.

The eight sub-stories of Chandamama Kathalu deal with love and greed. One story is about a window, who is dejected lover, who is trying to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. Second one is about a model, who is betrayed by her husband. Third one is about a dotting dad, who is worried about his daughter battling chronic illness. Rest of the plots revolve around the stories of a greedy beggar, a street smart villager, a struggling bachelor and a lustful story. One should really watch the film to know how the director has interconnected all these stories.

Chandamama Kathalu has decent production elements and Mickey J Meyer's music is the main highlight in them. In fact, his background score helps the director to elevate several sentimental scenes in the second half. Suresh Ragutu's cinematography is another big strength of the film. Dharmendra Kakarala's editing is also good, but he should have trimmed some dragging scenes in the first half. Other technical departments have also delivered commendable jobs. Continue to read Chandamama Kathalu movie review in slideshow.

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