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Chandi (Chandee) - Movie Review

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Popular South Indian actress Priyamani has already starred in a few female-centric movies like Kshetram and Chaarulatha, and is successful in impressing the Telugu audience. Exactly one year after the release of Chaarulatha, she has now made her comeback to Tollywood with her latest woman-oriented movie Chandi (Chandee). V Samudra, who has written and directed the movie, has tried to tap out other side of the actress, which has not been shown on screen before.

Chandi is a revenge drama, which has all commercial elements to impress the mass audience. Priyamani's electrifying performance is the main highlight in the movie. The arresting screenplay and punch dialogues, Vasu's cinematography, NR Shankar and Chinna's background score, good comedy and action sequences are its other attractions. A few illogical scenes in the second half are its drawback.

A few movies have already been made on the theme of land acquisition scam. V Samudra has tried to throw light on this subject in the movie Chandi, which has cliched story and screenplay. The movie also touches upon the corruption in the present day political system. Besides this, the director has also included some mass elements like action and comedy, which make the film a good entertainer.

The first of the film Chandi is entertaining with a few comedy scenes. The director has included the anthyakshari scene from Gabbar Singh with a small change and it is quite enjoying. A twist in the story at the interval bang sets the viewers' mood for the second half, which is also interesting with a few action scenes. The climax is predictable, but is entertaining. Continue to read Chandi movie review.

Chandi Story

Chandi (Priyamani) is a daughter of Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Krishnam Raju), who belongs to the Krishnapatnam. In bid to acquire lucrative mines, Minister (Ashish Vidyarthi) destroys her family and the village. How she takes the revenge upon him with the help of Azad (Sarath Kumar) will form the crux of the story.


Priyamani, who has played Chandi, has totally different role, which she has never-played-before. She has delivered wonderful performance. She impresses the viewers with her unique dialogue diction and action avatar.

Other Actors' Performances

Sarath Kumar, Vinod Kumar and Ashish Vidyarthi have been wasted and the director has not given enough scope for their characters. Posani Krishna Murali and Dr Ali make you laugh in a few scenes. MS Narayana, Thagubothu Ramesh, Telangana Shakuntala, Gundu Hanumantha Rao and Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao have done justice to their roles.

Technical Departments

Chandi has decent production values and Vasu's cinematography is the main attraction in the technical front. NR Shankar and Chinna's background score is good. Their tunes are also okay, but the placement of a few songs are poor. Nandamuri Hari's editing is average and he should have trimmed a few scenes especially in the second half.

Chandi Verdict

Overall, Chandi is a good entertainer, but the slow-paced narration and poor placement of songs mar the beauty of the movie. If you are a hardcore fan of Priyamani, then don't miss it.

Chandi Cast And Crew

Producer: Dr Srinubabu G
Director: V Samudra
Cast: Priyamani, Sarathkumar, Krishnam Raju, Vinodkumar, Nagendra Babu, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Posani Krishna Murali, MS Narayana, Ali and Thagubothu Ramesh
Music: NR Shankar and Chinna
Cinematography: Vasu
Release date: 8 November, 2013

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