I do understand that TCMG. But I have to weigh in every aspect and see if the whole is better than the sum of its parts. Even though I've always maintained an opinion that a "score" is reductive, I have to keep my opinion honest. The simple fact is, I haven't thought much about Chalo since I saw it on the day. It hasn't stayed with me even as a comedy. But, it was great fun as long as it lasted.
I felt the PC police needed to take a chill pill with this because the film mocks its own non-PCness. The final reveal is a slap in the face of how ridiculous every single one of our communal disputes is. The film is more self-aware than people give it credit for.
The film actually plays with the fact the fact that its leads are complete self-serving dicks and not much else. I love the self-awareness there too. But the fact is Rashmika is still quite green as an actress and the troupe of comic talent around Naga Shourya help his performance to a high degree. When they aren't around him, he isn't as engaging.
I agree with you on the last point there and I did mention it in the review too. This was what Srinu Vaitla used to offer up in spades before his films started repeating themselves. It is pure mindless, self-aware enjoyment.
A lot of comedies nowadays try too hard to be funny. This one has its tone just right. I'm keeping an eye out for this director's upcoming projects.
Chalo is a simplistic movie about a simplistic goofball told in a simplistic way peppered with some simplistic jokes, and we'll simply stop saying the word simplistic so many times as even our simplistic brains understand that you simply can't take this anymore. Writer/director Venku Kudumula introduces you to Chalo's simplistic protagonist Hari (Naga Shourya) by doubling down on the latter's singular character trait; Hari loves fights. He loves getting into fisticuffs so much so that he doesn't mind being on both the giving and receiving ends of physical punishment.