Chi La Sow: Simply Engaging
Actor Rahul Ravindran turned a director with Chi La Sow which stars Sushanth and newcomer Ruhani Sharma. The film is presented by Annapurna Studios and had a decent pre-release buzz. Has it given Sushanth the much-needed hit? Has Rahul Ravindran delivered his goods as a director? Let’s find out.
Chi La Sow has Sushanth playing Arjun, a well settled individual working for a company named Tech Art. He and his friend (Vennela Kishore) enjoy each passing day with banter and some fun regarding bachelorhood. Arjun’s mom (Anu Hasan) is hell bent on getting her son married before he enters his 30s when things may turn bleak for an arranged marriage.
Arjun gets introduced to Anjali (Ruhani Sharma) in an innovative boy-girl meet. Anjali explains her family issues to Arjun but collaboratively they agree to part ways. Soon the aspect of “connection” creeps in and Arjun feels a pinch of love towards Anjali.
After few engaging sequences (night life, police station, hospital and more), Arjun and Anjali confess their feelings to each other. Will they finally unite or part ways? Answer to the above shall be found during the final moments of the film.
It always feels good to see an actor fetch his first hit and same goes with Sushanth. He has improved considerably well with this film and some credit should go to actor turned director Rahul Ravindran. Sushanth’s character has been sketched in a way which showcases his strengths and play within his boundaries.
Ruhani Sharma gets to play a strong role in her debut film and she excels. Her confused yet gritty character reminds one of Samantha’s in Ye Maaya Chesave. After Aakanksha Singh (Malli Raava), this forms to be another author backed role for a debutant and Ruhani deserves applause.
Anu Hasan does well and so does Rohini. They play mothers and fit the bill in totality. Vennela Kishore provides laughs during his stay on screen and his sequences brighten the proceedings. Sanjay Swaroop, Jayaprakash and Vidyulelekha Raman are apt. Rahul Ramakrishna is seen in a small role evoking smiles. Upcoming comedian Krishna Tej plays a minor cameo during the final episodes.
Music by Prashanth R Vihari goes with the flow but one wishes the soundtrack to be catchier as it would have elevated the film to the next level. Camera work is neat while editing is good at most places. Direction is classy as Rahul Ravindran uses simple moments with engaging effect. Placed at 2 hours and 14 minutes, Chi La Sow has no dull moments. It is a film which showcases a different perspective to simple story telling. Go for it to have some leisure at the cinemas!
Review by Sandy (Sandeep Rao Kanukolanu)