Chintakayala Ravi

Chintakayala Ravi, with its promising and hilarious title, has not stood up to the expectations of the audiences. A predictable storyline, slipshod screenplay and mediocre direction are all about the film. Venky’s performance, locales of the US and NTR’s special appearance are some of the highlights.

Chintakayala Ravi (Venkatesh) works in a bar named Cyber Wave in New York. He is a head waiter along with his three more friends as waiters. He is all in awe of software engineers coming to that bar as he has also reached the US with the dream of becoming a software pro. But, he became a waiter due to some unavoidable circumstances.

His mother Seshamamba (Lakshmi) tom-toms everybody in her village in Andhra Pradesh that her son is big software engineer in America. Ravi is hit hard with a sentiment – not to cheat his mother. That’s why he continues bluffing to her.

Seshamamba gets ready to conduct the marriage of her son with a village girl Lavanya (Mamta Mohandas). This girl in turn asks her childhood buddy Swetha (Anushka) in the US to enquire about Chintakayala Ravi. When Ravi arrives in the village for betrothal, he is subjected to humiliation. What happens later will form the remaining part of the story.

As usual, Venkatesh makes a homely presence on the screen for his family crowds. He has done comedy and sentimental scenes with élan. However, his routine role as middle aged guy in love with or trying to marry a young girl comes as monotony on the lines of his Malliswari.

Anushka does her part well. Mamta Mohandas, who acts in the second lead in the village backdrop, brings some interesting moments for the crowds with a couple of songs with Venky. Lakshmi, the known face for bring a successful screen mother for various big actors like Nagarjuna does it for Venky.

Sunil has no punch in his comedy and the fault lies with the director. Master Bharath, who drew the attention of the audiences after Ready has performed few scenes that could bring a few splits of laughter. Ali’s role just sounds like an extension to his Nachmi role in Ramcharan’s debut film Chirutha. Brahmanandam and Venu Madhav are wasted, though they alone are generally expected to pull the wagon.

Ajay appears in an insignificant role compared to his recent raking performance in a good number of films. The story lacks freshness. It is a routine stuff that a boy bluffing to his mom and things taking interesting twists in the backdrop of marriage.

Everybody thought this film with a mass and hilarious title Chintakayala Ravi would offer them something special for this Dasara, but the same were dashed, bringing a feel that makes the audience struck between expectation and the delivered output.

Kona’s script and screenplay lacks punch and direction by debutant Yogesh is not up to the mark. But for three songs, of Vishal-Sekhar the other numbers are regular. The background score at the climax and at some interesting scenes is a clean lift from Om Shanti Om.

The major highlight is that the audience can have good glimpse of the beautiful locales of the US. But, the audience doesn’t generally go for locations, and they want entertainment, which is weak here.

Banner:    Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
Cast:    Venkatesh, Anushka & Mamta Mohandas
Direction:    Yogi
Production:    Nallapalapu Srinivas
Music:    Vishal Sekhar

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