Writer-director Koushik Pegallapati was hailed by Allu Arjun and others as having a mature philosophy in ‘Chaavu Kaburu Challaga’. The debutant director seems to believe in the inevitability of death. And he narrates the tale of the driver of a funeral services vehicle with this idea in mind.
Basthi Balaraju (Kartikeya) is madly in love with Mallika (Lavanya Tripathi), who he thinks is beautiful even when she is crying. Mallika, who has been widowed, is in no mood to respond favourably to his stubborn proposals. But there comes a day when she likes his inner personality.
The film has another love story and it would be a spoiler to reveal it. Let’s just say that it’s a delicate plot point, as comedian Bhadram’s character says at one point.
Jakes Bejoy’s music is the film’s soul. Although three songs are placed within the first 45 minutes, they don’t impede the flow of the drama. Anasuya Bharadwaj jives with Kartikeya in a special song. Karm Chawla and Sunil Reddy wield the camera and ensure that the visuals are cool.
The film has an ensemble cast going for it. Murali Sharma plays a kind-hearted and caring father-in-law with confidence. Srikanth Iyyengar doesn’t get to speak much but his presence makes an impact.
It’s refreshing to see Aamani in the role of an alcohol-consuming woman, who plays the hero’s mother.
Sentimental scenes between the hero and his mother
Somewhat average comedy
Lack of heart-touching scenes in the first half
‘Chaavu Kaburu Challaga’ is told as a comedy. There are emotional segments impressive in the climax scenes. Watch it with low expectations.