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Chaavu Kaburu Challaga Movie Review & Rating {2.75/5}

Chaavu Kaburu Challaga is the new Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Peggalapati Koushik and produced by Bunny Vasu and Allu Aravind under GA2 Pictures. Koushik marks his debut as a director with the film. The film features Karthikeya Gummanakonda and Lavanya Tripathi in the lead roles. The review is here.

Story:

Mortuary van driver Balaraju (Karthikeya) falls for Mallika at a man`s funeral, not knowing that she`s the widow. Mallika works as a nurse at a hospital and shows no interest in Balaraju. However, Balaraju is adamant and tries to convince her that they can be a pair. Did Mallika accept his love? Why is she initially not interested? What happens in the end? Forms the film's story.

Performances:

Karthikeya is definitely the show stealer for this film. The actor has been improving his skills with every movie. Not only in terms of his looks but also in terms of performances, Karthikeya has delivered an energetic performance. Lavanya Tripathi is an absolute delight to watch. The actress has given her best and will definitely impress the audience in her de-glam role. Aamani played a crucial role in this movie and her screen presence added more strength to the film. Murali Sharma went under the skin of the character. Srikanth Iyyengar delivered a decent performance in the movie. The rest of the actors also made their presence felt.

Technical Aspects:

Director Pegallapati Koushik has prepared a simple love story amid so many dark elements like poverty, deaths, cemetery, etc. But, the director has handled them well and tried to make the film as light-hearted as possible. His pace of narration is also decent. Production values by Bunny Vasu under the GA2 Pictures banner are very high. Music by Jakes Bejoy is not up to the mark. Not only the songs but also his background score has grabbed the attention of the audience. The cinematography by Kam Chawla is pretty much decent. He has produced some impressive visuals for the film and his camera angles are also really good. Editing by G Satya is clean.

Verdict:

Being a debutante, Koushik Pegallapati wrote a challenging story that demands great characterizations and equally good performances. However, he falters in execution and the good idea fails to take a proper shape. The first half of the film is quite breezy with decent comedy scenes and good dialogues. The second half has a lot of emotional quotients but they fail in engaging the audiences. Karthikeya performed very well and improved in emotional scenes. This is his best performance to date. Lavanya got a novel character but her character arc was not convincing enough. Their chemistry was good. The track of the hero's parents didn't work as expected. On the whole, Chaavu Kaburu Challaga is a faltered attempt at a good story. Watch it if you don't have any other options this weekend.