Review : Prema Katha Chitam – A Very Entertaining Thriller
prema-katha-chitram Release date : 07 June 2013 Rating : 3.5/5
Director : J. Prabhakar Reddy
Producer : Maruthi, Sudarshan Reddy
Music Director : J.B.
Starring : Sudheer Babu, Nanditha

Sudheer Babu, brother in law of Superstar Mahesh Babu, is trying his luck with ‘Prema Katha Chitram’. This is his second film and it has released across the world today. The movie’s script has been penned by Maruthi and he has also ‘supervised’ the direction of the film. Nandhita is the heroine of the movie. Let us see how this movie is

Story :

Sudheer (Sudheer Babu), Praveen (Praveen) and Nandhu (Nandhita) are three dejected and depressed youngsters. They are fed up with their lives and decide to commit suicide. The three of them travel to a remote farmhouse to spend the last moments of their life. On the way, they are joined by Giri (Giri).

As they settle down into the farmhouse and prepare themselves for their last moments. As you can expect, love blossoms between Sudher and Nandhu. But when they try to get close to each other, strange things start happening.

Sudheer and his friends realise that the farmhouse contains a dark secret. The place has a violent past. While investigating these incidents, Sudheer also realises that some of his friends have other motives.

What is the dark secret of that farmhouse? What happens to Sudheer and friends in the end? That is the story of ‘Prema Katha Chitram’.

Plus Points :

Sudheer Babu has done a very good job in this movie. He has succeeded in showcasing the emotions of fear and surprise effectively. There is a short dance sequence in the film, which gives us an idea about his dancing abilities.

Nandhita is the real star of the film. She is simply brilliant. There are certain sequences where she is required to exhibit dramatic changes in behaviour and she has excelled in those scenes. She also looks quite cute and vulnerable where required.

Pravin succeeds in making viewers laugh with his Godavari slang. Giri is simply brilliant in two sequences, where he interacts with the ‘supernatural force’. The ‘Draupadi Vastrapaharanam’ sequence has been shot hilariously.

The entertainment quotient in the film is very high. There is an intelligent mix of humour, horror and romance in the film and viewers will connect to all three emotions well. The film’s biggest USP is the hilarious and racy second half.

There are a few trademark double meaning dialogues from Maruthi, but they are limited and don’t give a vulagar feel. Re-recording is a big asset for the movie. Sound and camera angles have been used effectively.

Minus Points :

The movie starts off slowly and stumbles for the first 20 – 30 minutes. There are some needless sequences, like the MLA slapping scene etc. These scenes are quite irritating and should have been chopped off.

The climax fight could have been avoided as it really does not add much to the storyline. One gets the feeling that it was placed there on purpose, to prove that Sudheer can fight. Some cinematic liberties have also been taken.

Technical Aspects :

Cinematography of the film is good. For a horror/thriller film to work, sound and camera angles are crucial. Both departments have been handled well in PKC. Editing is neat. JB’s background score is good. Sound mixing is very effective.

Prabhakar Reddy might have been the director, but Maruthi’s stamp is very obvious. This movie will succeed in giving an image makeover to Maruthi.

Verdict :

Humour, Horror and Romance are base human emotions. When they are handled effectively, viewers will connect strongly to a story. The same is the case with ‘Prema Katha Chitram’. The entertaining and thrilling second half will make you happy. Don’t miss this flick. Rating – 3.5/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru

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