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Prema Katha Chithram Review

Prema Katha Chithram
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.5
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.0
7.5
8.0
7.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
Yes
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
Yes
Wait to rent it
No
Warning: Spoilers ahead.

If there's anything Ram Gopal Varma has taught us, it is that people who visit deserted farmhouses in the middle of nowhere, are asking for it. But Maruthi, who wrote Prema Katha Chitram, manages to give us a tight enough premise to forget that lesson.

Spook fest Prema Katha Chitram is a fun, young, clever movie that typifies Tollywood's rise of fresh, new blood. If not for star brother-in-law Sudheer Babu, this might even have been a celebration of the anti-bloodline in Tollywod.

And as is the case with surprise packages like this one, PKC also brings out of relative obscurity a face or two that deserve a shot at the limelight. One of them is comedian Praveen, earlier seen in movies, doing just one thing, i. e., play an insignificant sidekick to someone just as insignificant. Praveen, here, is one among the foursome comprising Nandu (Nandita), Sudheer (Sudheer Babu), Praveen (Praveen) and Giri (Giri), who set out on a suicide mission.

These people want to end their lives not because they were promised virgins or something, but because each of them has had troubles. The guest house looks perfect, but it turns out that not everyone is in this for the suicide.

Also, there's someone else at home.

A few hiccups aside, Prema Katha Chitram is a horror-comedy that achieves what it sets out to do - keep people rolling in the aisles, and spook you once in a while. The film builds up momentum nicely, with scenes that lead you to consider this a ball of fluff, all the while keeping you entertained, and then goes into its element.

The concept-based humour works, thanks to the sharp dialogues. Several moments in the film are brilliant, and they prove you don't have to be over-the-top to keep audiences hooked. Characters are kept real and believable, and their responses to the supernatural are just as real and relatable. The horror scenes are devoid of slasher violence, but yes, the ghost has a tendency to scream.

However, there are a few things that don't fit in. For instance, where does the whole discussion about suicide go? And what was with that MLA-slapping scene (much as we loved it)?

The film could also have been a suitably mushy romantic story, if the makers wanted it to be. Pretty much every emotion seems deftly handled here, and this is what helps you connect to the characters.

Despite the low budget, the movie is nice to the senses. The impressive music and tasteful cinematography aid the cause of the movie. It's hard to see a Telugu movie nowadays that is more worthy of its packaging than PKC is, and the team should be proud.

Nandita, who seems like she has a smart head on her shoulders, apart from the strikingly interesting face, is quite the pivot of the film. She does justice to her role, except in a few places where she appears more misguided than talentless. (Also, we noticed that the cameraman seems to have had a s-l-i-g-h-t voyeuristic tendency to focus on some of her "womanly" attributes.) On the whole, the girl is certainly a personality to watch out for.

Sudheer Babu is very effective as the character he plays. Mild-mannered but pleasant-looking youngsters like him, who'd look out of place in a mass-hero-entertainer-orgy, should actually choose films like these - they let them be remembered for all the right things.

Praveen and Giri are the soul of this film, and some of their moments are actually awesome. A couple of other small-time characters seem a amateur, though.

You must definitely watch Prema Katha Chitram, but make sure you're prepared for the chills. Kids and grandparents must avoid it, though.
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    Sudheer Babu, Nanditha, Praveen, Giri, Hasika, ?Adurs? Raghu, Eluru Srinu
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    J Prabhakar Reddy
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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swathi arepalli on 20th Jul 2013, 8:38pm | Permalink
It is a funniest horror movie that had ever seen.the beauty of the movie is the performance of the heroine.
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swathi arepalli on 20th Jul 2013, 8:38pm | Permalink
It is a funniest horror movie that had ever seen.the beauty of the movie is the performance of the heroine.
Santosh Kumar on 1st Jul 2013, 9:24am | Permalink
gud movie, watched 2nd time superb comedy & horror enjoyed it very much
sumanth232 on 29th Jun 2013, 12:09am | Permalink
Telugu industry needs movies like these which have good story and substance, and should not encourage movies like Iddarammayilatho which doesnt have any substance , and rely on big hype and star power.
I think, Maruthi is a star film maker in the making. Expecting more good movies from him.

Frankly, I enjoyed the movie very much.. which was rare for me , given the movies of the recent time
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10
KNS on 28th Jun 2013, 3:04pm | Permalink
very good movie... Superb comedy...
Lakshmi Bandi on 19th Jun 2013, 1:48pm | Permalink
Prema Katha Chithram....It is a good movie with a lot of fun, entertainment and horror too. But definitely we will enjoy this film.
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8
Bin Laden on 9th Jun 2013, 9:50am | Permalink
better if you shut your _____________ .
drm on 14th Jun 2013, 3:41pm | Permalink
Why should I shut up?
drm on 7th Jun 2013, 3:10pm | Permalink
What a nice movie...!!!, superb comedy and horror entertainer....enjoy folks....wonderful small movie with big values
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