(Prabhu) and Ganga (Jyothika) is happily married wealthy
couple. Kailash buys an abandoned palatial mansion on
the insistence of Ganga. Legend has it that this mansion
is a haunted one. Eeswar (Rajnikant) is the foster brother
of Kailash and also an excellent psychiatrist. He visits
haunted house and studies it. He comes to know that
a Rajah who used to live in the same place around 150
years back. He forcibly got a danseuse called Chandramukhi
from Tamilnadu and made her dance in his court. When
she involved herself in an affair with another dancer,
Rajah killed Chandramukhi and her lover together. The
ghost of Chandramukhi haunts this palatial mansion.
The rest of the story is all about how Eeswar solves
the problem of ghost and how he unites the warring families
is great as usual. Since the role of psychiatrist is
a pretty soft one, the director has included 3 bang-bang
fights to satisfy the frontbenchers. Prabhu
is adequate. Jyothika is
excellent in the last half an hour of the film. Nayana
Tara is sensuous and wore sarees. Incidentally
Savitha Reddy dubbed the voices of both Jyothika and
Nayana Tara by showing minor variations. Vineeth
and Malavika are good.
Vadivelu did a typical
comedy role. Brahmanandam's dubbing helped in generating
some comedy out of Vadivelu character.
This film was originally made in Malayalam as 'Mani
chitra tazha' a decade back. The same movie was
dubbed and released in Telugu as 'Gajjela Chappudu'
during that time. P Vasu remade this film in Kannada
as 'Apta Mitra' with Vishnu Vardhan as hero last
year. The same movie is now simultaneously remade in
Tamil and Telugu with the title 'Chandramukhi'.
The storyline of the film is neat and is different from
regular flicks we get these days. There is a good amount
of suspense element in this film. However the following
thing is hazy -
1. Why would
Chandramukhi ghost do not attempt anything against
Eeswar and Tantrik who are in mansion to see the end
- direction: Screenplay by P Vasu is haphazard.
Narration is not smooth. There are many repetitive scenes.
The concept of Chandramukhi is not explained in clear
way. Direction is good in parts. Taking is old-fashioned.
The director could not make the crowds relate the character
of Eeswar to superstar Rajnikant. However, director
succeeded in retaining suspense element till the climax.
Other departments: Music by Vidya Sagar is mediocre.
Background music is good for scary scenes. Cinematography
by Sekhar V Joseph is inconsistent. Artwork by Thota
Tarani is good. Editing by Suresh Urs is average. Production
values of the film are not of good quality. Dialogues
by Rama Krishna are OK. There is one satire in this
film on the physical appearances of Rajnikant and Prabhu
that goes as -
Prabhu: Nenu lavekkakoodadu. Nuvvu sannabada koodadu.
First half of the film is mediocre. The story gets some
grip towards interval. There is a surprise element in
climax of the film. The suspense factor is maintained
throughout. Plus points are the performances of Rajnikant
and Jyothika. Negative points are insipid screenplay,
mediocre music and insistent cinematography. This subject
does not suit the macho image of Rajnikant. The subject
of ghosts might not go well with masses. We have to
wait and see if Rajnikant's charisma would work wonders
for Chandramukhi or not.
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