Legendary cinematographer-cum-director Jeeva's assistant Manikantan who completed the former's last project "Dhaam-dhoom" after his untimely demise has come out with his first full feature "Chikku Bhukku". The movie's basic thread is inspired from "Love Aaj Kal " but the comparison ends there for it is like comparing chalk & cheese.
"Chikku Bhukku" is viewer's nightmare & it's like the worst punishment one can go through in the name of entertainment. One shudders to think how can one end up watching such a movie in the first place wasting time & money. Moreover what must have been going through the mind of the producers when they convinced in frittering away their ?hard earned money in such an inane project. Manikantan has just squandered his chance big way.
Movie is very sluggish , amateurish , uninteresting , head-ache inducing , silly , absurd, .....losing at adjectives to describe it. Only solace is the 1985 part of the story even though it is not that novel at least it tries to capture your attention.
Preetika is not only pretty but "acts" well too & an exact antithesis to what all that of Shriya , who looks jaded , doesn't seem to know anything remotely related to acting .Infact Shriya trying to do a "Bommarillu" Genelia or a "Jab We Met" Kareena irritates the already battered & bruised viewer leaving him/her to squirm in the seat.
Arya's portrayal of Sekhar is calm & matured while his characterization as Arjun is half baked & his performance too takes a beating due to that.
Shanthanam is the only reason why one may remain sane while watching the movie & he prevents the viewer from getting into a complete meltdown.
Music by Colonial Cousins Hari-Leslie is nothing attractive while Gurudhev's cinematography is classy & the color tone he has employed to show variation between the 1980's story & the present day one is good. Technically movie is sound but content wise it has nothing to vouch for.
On the whole , please don't recommend it to even most nastiest of your enemies.
Bottom-line: " Chikku Bhukku " – Total derailment.!
Arjun (Arya), a London-based disc jockey, leads a happy life. Also there is Anu (Shriya Saran), who completes her MBA in a London university. One day, Arjun is forced to come to his native village in Karaikudi to ensure that his ancestral property is not sold. Also Anu too is forced to come to Madurai to meet her father who is injured in an accident. The two strangers meet in a train. There begins their journey towards their respective destinations. Meanwhile, a diary of Arjun's father pops out from his bag. He browses through it to understand his dad's love life. In flashback, the movie goes back to 1985. It is revealed that Sekar (Arya) returns to his village after getting selected as a Police. He falls in love with Meena (Preetika). But when their romance is revealed, Sekar's family resists the relationship due to class differences. A dejected Sekar leaves to begin training as a police officer. There he becomes acquainted with Ammaiappan (Anoop kumar), a young colleague. He comes to know that Ammayappan is in love with his uncle's daughter. A sequence of events reveals that both men love the same girl Meena. Returning to the film's contemporary setting, we find that Arjun and Anu after crossing several hurdles in their journey reach their respective houses. They then realise that they have fallen for each other. Meanwhile, the film employs a Deus Ex Machina, in the form of Anu's father, to ensure all story arcs are resolved. When Anu's father Ammaiappan realiases that Anu is in love with Sekar's son he immediately approves of their relationship. It is implied that Anu and Arjun are then to stay together.
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Jul 23, 2020 at 11:39 am