Actress Anjali has wowed one and all with her maiden female-oriented film “Geethanjali,” a horror-comedy, in 2014. She did a handful of films in Telugu after that. Although films such as “Shankarabharanam” didn’t commercially work, her role stood out and her performance continued to win critical acclaim. After a gap, she signed another lady-oriented film “Chitrangada” under the direction of Ashok, of “Pilla Zamindar” fame. Did she recreate the magic?
Chitrangada (Anjali,) works as an assistant professor who strongly believes that there are no ghosts or evil spirits. Little is aware that her hostel-mates are afraid of her for behaving oddly at night. Subconsciously, Chitrangada has strong desire for the girls and this is why she is behaving odd.
She gets to know about her own behaviour after she sees a dream where an unidentified woman (whose face is not shown) is seen killing a man. She wants to know who is the one being killed by the woman in her dream and what the murdered man is trying to convey to her.
Her quest to know about the man and about the dream, lands her in America, where the murder took place 25 years ago. Samyuktha (Sakshi Gulati,) a cop, provides her moral support. In a matter of days, Chitra and Samyukta bond strongly with each other. Chitra manages to know more about the mystery. Her single-minded investigation, however, eventually uncovers her own past. Who is the murdered man? How is she related to Chitrangada? Why did the unknown woman murder him?
Anjali sticks to her usual performance. She did her role with quite ease. Other cast like Sakshi Gulati, Sindhu Tolani, Saptagiri too did a neat job. Jayaprakash Reddy didn’t impress.
“Pilla Zamindar” fame Ashok has come up with a neat story with “Chitrangada” that has great potential. Yet the film fails to impress as the makers couldn’t translate the story onto screen. There are so many layers in the story, the auteur gets confused. Lack of clarity is conspicuous in this complex theme. Uneven narration mars the movie.
The film has several good things too. Especially, the last ten minutes of the film are great. All the dots are connected well. Anjali’s odd behaviour in the first half is reasoned in the second-half. And then it makes sense. Had the director avoided a few mistakes in the first half, the film would had been better. Technically, “Chitrangada” is good. Visually enriching.
Lack of Clarity
Final Verdict: “Chitrangada” is watchable.