Aravind (Prasanth) is a happy-go-lucky guy who is studying
in a college. He falls in love with Anjali (Jaya Re), a beautiful
girl student from another college. It's also revealed that
Anjali's parents are separated due to ego clashes. Her father
is an ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) and her mother
Sarada (Suhasini) is a music teacher. Sarada is an egotist
to the core. She feels that she should get what she wants
and everybody should obey her without even missing the minute
details. Anjali lets her parents know that she would not be
staying with any of them as long as they stay separated. Anjali
stay in a hostel and pursues her studies.
knows the entire story. But he is not aware that his sweetheart
is none but the daughter of his buddy ACP. ACP selects a London
NRI for his daughter and asks Arvind to mediate between him
and his wife to convey his wish of marrying off his daughter
to that London NRI.
the egos of Arvind and Anjali get bruised on a petty issue
and they decide that it's all over between them. They still
love each other, but clandestinely without letting the other
to know about it. Arvind plays some tricks to unite ACP and
Sarada, only to know that his sweet heart is their daughter
for whom he mediated the London NRI marriage proposal.
rest of the story revolves around some gripping scenes and
ends on a happy and predictably cinematic note.
Suhasini should get lots of appreciation for doing such a
different role as egoistic and cunning women with gray shades.
She balanced her emotions really well in the film. Suhasini
fans can't afford to miss this film. Prasanth is good and
did extremely well. The Miss Goa Jaya Re did some neat work
as an actress and a glamorous temptress. Mumtaj got a chance
to show some histrionics along with her plunging neckline.
But it's Suhasini that dominated the show by her performance
in the second half.
Screenplay - Direction: The director Venkatesh did a neat
job. But he crossed the sensibilities by letting some obscenity
flow in. There are a few audio cuts in the film. His screenplay
is cool in the first half. But he followed the same old beaten
path in the second half by not showing any variety in his
screenplay. His color sense is pretty good and it shows up
Dialogues in the film another highlight. Most of the dialogues
related to college humor tread on the border of obscenity,
though they are enjoyable. Sri Rama Krishna did a good job
of maintaining the tempo with his witty one-liners.
Deva has done a pretty good job. The 'Mamidi pandu' song is
really good, as they show the heroines Jaya Re and Mumtaj
along with inmates doing some naughty things in ladies hostel
as the hero Prasanth spy on them. There is another small song
bit in which Vasundhara Das croons mellifluously in her inscrutable
style. Background score is also refreshing.
The cinematographer has got good color sense. As such, there
is good amount of 'color' (read as beautiful girls) in the
film and good color sense of Vijay only helped in amplifying
the visual delight.
Chocolate is an average film in holistic perspective. The
first half is pretty entertaining and the second half is rather
predictable. This film is definitely not a boring one. You
can watch it once, if you can bear the scent Tamil and double
entendres. But you can't afford to miss that negative portrayal
of Suhasini character in which she mesmerizes you with those
victorious smirks and cunning glints.