(Prabhas), his brother Ashok (Shafi) and mother (Bhanu
Priya) are Telugus settled in Srilanka. Due to political
problems, they get evicted and return to India 12 years
back. During the eviction process Sivaji is separated
from his brother and mother. Sivaji reaches Vizag. There
is a leader called Baji Rao (Narendra Jha) who exploits
these refugees by making them bonded-labor for life.
Sivaji turns out to be the leader among the refugees
and puts an end to Baji Rao. There by he makes sure
that there is no exploitation of refugees. Sivaji is
also in constant search of his mother and his obnoxiously-jealous
brother. The rest of the story is all about how he wins
Prabhas: Prabhas arrives with Chatrapati as a
force to reckon with in Telugu film industry. He is
extraordinary in action sequences. There is a unique
style and macho charm in his screen presence. He is
extremely good in emotional scenes (involving his mother).
His dancing abilities have improved tremendously compared
to his earlier films. Prabhas did 100% justice to the
title role of the film.
Shriya's name appeared as Shriya Saran for the first
time on Telugu screen in title cards with this film.
She does not have much role to play in this film except
for appearing around 5 minutes before the song. She
is looking cute and matched Prabhas on screen.
Bhanu Priya is brilliant as mother. Shafi is OK as over-jealous
brother. Narendra Jha is impressive as Bhano Ji. Kota
has got another well-etched role after Athadu. Pradeep
Rawat is good, but is pretty tame in this film compared
to Sye. Venu Madhav is simply superb in Aparichitudu
rip-off episode. Jayaprakash Reddy did another cameo
in a hilarious scene. Sekhar - who acted as buddy of
Prabhas - is exceptionally good. He has good future.
Mumaith Khan and Arti Agarwal sizzled in two item songs.
Story of the film has bit of similarities to Scarface
(Refugees aspect) and Deewar (Tug of war between brothers).
But there is no influence of those films on Chatrapati.
First half of the story deals with the Sivaji rising
to the ranks of Chatrapati. The second half deals with
Sivaji winning back his brother and mother.
- direction: Screenplay of the film is good and
direction is tremendous. Raja Mouli's taking is extremely
stylish and inserted right punches at regular intervals.
All the characters in this film are well defined. The
way Prabhas flexes his muscles every time he is provoked
is good. Raja Mouli has taken the emotion to the peak
with an episode before interval. However, he could not
handle the second half of the film with the pace he
narrated the first half. By making first half action
oriented and second half sentiment oriented, he could
not balance the emotional quotient in both the halves.
He also handled the sentiment scenes with conviction
by getting the emotions right. But Rajamouli should
have done justice to the romantic thread between Prabhas
I find the
following scenes to be the best -
1. The scene
in which he kills a goon of Banoji. (when kid is brutally
2. Venu Madhav's Aparichitudu rip-off.
3. The scene in which Pradeep Rawat spits pawn on
the photo which in turn transforms into blood (of
4. The scene in which Prabhas gets the body of Banoji
to Kota and asks him if he want to be his master.
5. The ultimate scene in which Prabhas is bestowed
the title of Chatrapati.
6. The hospital scene of Kota.
7. Comedy episode involving Jaya Prakash Reddy.
8. The scene in which Prabhas uses the Kasi water
tin to fight.
9. The hospital scene in which Bhanu Priya Chides
10. The house-warming scene in which Bhanu Priya asks
Shafi to fix the photo of his brother.
scenes should have been avoided -
1. The graphics
scenes of Shark in the introduction fight of Prabhas.
2. Venu Madhav's rip-off of Chakram character and
claiming himself as sadist.
Music by Keeravani is good. The best songs in terms
of picturization are ABCD and Summamma Surya. The background
music (title song of Chatrapati) of Chatrapati is terrific.
Lawrence's steps for ABCD song are great. Mannela Thintivi
song has got its own class. The sentiment song Nallanivanni
is played a couple of times by representing the bond
between mother and son. Background music is also great.
departments: Another asset of the film is marvelous
cinematography by Senthil. He has got everything right.
Dialogues by M Ratnam are good. He has written mass
dialogues like 'veedi body ne box office' and 'neeku
moodoste lungi voodipovala'. Fights by Peter Hynes are
great. Peter Hynes seem to be the fight master in form.
He is composing very good fights these days. Editing
by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is neat. Artwork by Ravindra
is also good. Production values by Prasad are extraordinary.
First half is excellent with great mass orientation.
Second half has more sentimental feel. First half of
the film is about how Sivaji raises to the level of
Chatrapati. The second half is about Sivaji winning
back his mother and brother. Since the first half is
dealt with such mass orientation by treating the interval
episode just like climax, the crowds expect same kind
of mass tempo in second half. But family orientation
in second half would dampen the spirits of mass movie
lovers. This entire film has Rajamouli's signature written
all over it. He narrated the story with uttermost conviction.
He is the director in form and everything seems to be
going right for him. This film is definitely a good
film. The hit range would depend on how much the second
half is going to be liked by the movie lovers.
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