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    Chandra Movie Review

    By Prakash Upadhyaya
    Shriya Saran, who at one point of time was most-sought after actress, makes her Sandalwood debut with Chandra, which stars Prem Kumar in the male lead role. The movie directed by Roopa Iyer has garnered good attention from the audience with its beautiful posters and trailer.

    Eye-pleasing costumes, ear-pleasing songs, and charming Shriya Saran and Prem Kumar are the striking points of Chandra. Roopa Iyer has taken huge responsibilities of designing costumes, art direction along with story, screenplay and the direction departments. As a result, the film looks very rich with splendid colours.

    Chandra is the love story of a girl from a Royal family and a boy, who is the son of their family friend. Both hero and heroine share the same name - Chandra. The director has penned a simple story and has given a lavish look through rich production values to the film. Every frame in the movie is a treat to watch.

    Being a girl from the Royal family, her family wants her to marry a guy, who will be equal to their family in status. The hero Chandra alias Chandrahasan (Prem), who returns from the Himalayas after learning Ayurveda, is an expert in martial arts and singing.

    It is like a story told through poems. Here, each and every frame has ample of expressions. And imagine how the actors would have lived their characters! Yes, the eyes and body language of the lead stars speak better than words at parts.

    Coming back to the story, the boy and girl instantly fall for each other. But they never express it with words. While the girl's family finds a perfect alliance in the form of a US-based guy (Ganesh Venkataraman), the love between the couple grows by leap and bounds on the other end.

    Just when the story started appearing like Hindi movie Pardes starring Shahrukh, the tale returns to the original track to move towards a predictable end. Continue reading the review on the slideshow...

    Lead Stars At Their Best

    Roopa Iyer has invested lot of time/money on making Chandra a colourful product. Having helmed multiple departments, she has succeeded in bringing out the best from the lead actors and technicians. Indeed, Shriya and Prem will look as beautiful as ever.

    Flip Side

    On the flip side, she fails to come up with a strong story. The progress of the story is very slow. The first half is tolerable, but the second half is not engaging as it is very predictable. Having said that the story might be liked by family audience and couples.

    Shriya, A Treat To Watch

    Performance wise, Shriya Saran is charming and sexy. The camera has perfectly captured her beauty along with her elegant curves. Last but not least, her acting will get a special mention. Prem Kumar has displayed his chiseled body once again. He looks very handsome and has enacted his role to his best.

    Vivek-Sadhu Maharaj Wasted

    However, Tamil actor Vivek impresses at parts, and Sadhu Kokila is wasted. Had they utilised them to their true potentials, the film would have got a different look.

    Technically Brilliant

    Technically, cinematography by PKH Das stands out, as the photography illuminates the screen. Musician Gautam Srivatsa has made a good debut with Chandra. His classical tunes are good to hear.

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