|Release date : Dec 19, 2014
|123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
|Director : Sundar C
|Producer : Kalyan C
|Music Director : Bharathwaj, Karthik Raja (BGM)
|Starring: Sundar C, Hansika, Andrea Jeremiah, Raai Laxmi
Continuing with the trend of dubbing films, the latest venture to hit the screens today is Chandrakala. Starring Hansika, Andrea and Raai Laxmi, this film is directed by Sundar C. Let’s now see how it is.
A combined family heads back to their native place to sell off their ancestral home. As soon as they land there, the ladies in the family, Maaya(Raai Laxmi) and Madhavi(Andrea) start witnessing weird things happening around them. As time passes by, an untoward incident happens and the entire family comes to know that the palace is possessed by an evil spirit(Hansika).
Who is this evil spirit ? What does it have to do with the palace ? How will the entire family solve their problems ? To know answers to these questions, you need to watch the film on big screen.
Major attraction of the film are the female leads. All of them have done a decent job with their performances. Hansika is the show stealer as she has a powerful role in the film. Her character has been conceived nicely, and she does perfect justice to her role. Andrea’s performance during the climax is quite impressive.
First half of the film and some episodes during the second half have decent thrills. Sundar C has done a decent job in his supporting role, and has managed to engage the audience with his direction.
Once the twist is revealed during the second half, the film gets predictable. Even though the climax of the film is ok, it has been dragged to excessive lengths. A song breaks out of no where and the climax gets some unwanted elements thrusted into it. Hansika’s character has very less screen time and could have been elevated more.
Songs in the movie could have been eliminated to make the film even more gripping. Yet another major drawback of the film is that it does not have any major spooky elements in the film. The beginning of the film is quite unclear and settles down only after fifteen minutes.
Camerawork of the film is just about ok. Special effects are decent and so are the production values. The palace and the entire set up has been canned quite decently. As said earlier, music of the film is below par and all the songs could been chopped off.
Screenplay of the film is decent till the climax but gets bogged down after that. Dialogues are just about ok and so is the editing. Sundar C is ok with his direction but goes haywire during the end.
On the whole, Chandrakala has its highs and lows. An engaging premise and some decent performances are basic plus points. On the flip side, an dragged out climax and lack of enough spooky and thrilling moments spoil the flow of the film. Watch it only if you have nothing else to do.
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team