Dwarakish's Chitra's 50th year celebration was concluded just recently, In the 50th year, the veteran film maker, director and actor has made a film titled as Charulatha, that carries forward the brand value of the well known production house known for its quality oriented films. The icing on the cake is that this film is also being being simultaneously released in all the four southern languages which has been presented by Dwarakish.
Coming back to the film, Charulatha is really a stunner with all its attendant qualities of rich production values, higher degree of technical values and top class performances from all the artists of the film. The film may well stand out as Priyamani's outstanding performance which is also a major highlight of the film. Herportrayal of two roles with each different characterisation is really mindblowing.
In a way Charulatha which is a remake of Thai film Alone perfectly adopted to the Indian nativity is a pathbreaking film. Direction Pon Kumar continues to show his sparks of brilliance in Indianising the original Thai film which was compact and suited the tastes of Bangkok, Hong Kong and China. He has presented the film with a fresh script and does not go beyond a point to highlight elements which can seriously acquire superstitious overtones. The technical team particularly cinemetographer Panneer Selvam and Music director Sundar C Babu have done their best.
Charulatha is a pleasing watch, It is fresh, has a novelty in its presentation and the climax is really absorbing with its surprising twists and turns.
Charulatha's negative points if any is its slow movement in the first half. But the second half moves so fast that this flaw is almost forgotten.
Still Charulatha with its many plus points make it an enjoyable watch. If you are a Priyamani fan chances are you may watch it again and again.