Release date : July 13, 2018
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Starring : Karthi, Sayyeshaa Saigal, Sathyaraj
Director : Pandiraj
Producers : Suriya Sivakumar
Music Director : D. Imman
Cinematographer : R. Velraj
Editor : Ruben
Karthi has a decent following in Telugu and all his films are eagerly awaited. Next in line is his village drama called Chinna Babu which has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Krishnam Raju(Karthi) is the only son of Rudra Raju(Satyaraj) who has five daughters. Every one in the family pampers him and two of his sisters keep fighting with each other to get their daughters married to Krishnam Raju. The twist in the tale arises when Neerada(Sayesha Saigal)enters the scene and falls in love with Krishnam Raju. Rest of the story is as to how Krishnam Raju solves all his family problems and finally marries Neerada.
The way the family drama has been set up in a joint family looks decent. Also, the conflict point of hero getting forced to marry one of his family members is a bit interesting.
Karthi is adorable as Chinna Babu and carries the film on his shoulders. His look and the way he evokes good emotions through out the film is appreciable. He is ably supported by Suri as his comedy generates good laughs throughout the film.
The way members in the family get upset for silly reasons and create a lot of drama and spoil relationships has been showcased well. The film boasts of rich visuals as farming and rural setup give a fresh feeling in certain scenes.
There is too much melodrama in the second half and this is where things can get bored for the audience. There is also a heavy Tamil flavor in the film which restricts the connect of emotions for Telugu audience in many scenes.
The romance between Sayyesha and Karthi has not been established well and this is where the film falls a bit weak. After so much melodrama and problems, the film is wrapped up with just a small speech from hero’s mother and this looks a bit hard to believe.
As said earlier, the production values of the film are top notch as the village visuals have been showcased on a rich scale. Music is a letdown but the background is decent and elevates the fights well. Editing is decent and so was the production design. Telugu dubbing is not that good for certain characters.
Coming to the director Pandiaraj, he done a passable job with the film. He has showcased the internal problems of joint families well in the first half but adds too much melodrama in the later part. This gets a bit upsetting as problems between the families are dragged too much.
On the whole, Chinna Babu is the same old village family drama which belongs to the early 90’s. The makers have tried to revamp the setup by adding some contemporary touch to the script. Emotions wise, the film works well in the first half but the second half gets over dramatic. As the film has some mass elements and Tamil flavor, it might do well in the Tamil circles and the B and C centers of Telugu states. Watch it if only if you like loud family dramas.
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team