Title :ChinnaBabu CBFC Rating : U Run-Time : 2 Hrs 28 Mins Release Date : 13-07-2018 Banner : 2D Entertainment Cast : Karthi, Sayyesha, Soori, Sathyaraj, Priya Bhavani, Arthana Binu, Bhanupriya, Viji Chandrasekhar, Yuvarani and Others Music : D.Imman DOP : R.Velraj Producer : Suriya-RavindarReddy Direction: Pandiraj
Rudra Raju (Sathyaraj) is the head of a family which consists of five daughters and a son. They are all grown up and have various issues among them. How the marriage of son Krishnam Raju (Karthi) aka Chinna Babu, a farmer by profession affects everyone is the basic story of the film.
Karthi has done a terrific job in carrying the movie on his shoulders. He is the force which holds the various elements of the film together. He connects the love story, action, and family drama dots with his lovable act. In the end, he also makes one cry with his emotional outburst. All in all, Chinna Babu is a memorable outing for him.
On the other hand, Sayyeshaa plays a role in a rural-based film for the first time. She effortlessly slips into the character after doing multiple urban roles. Priya Bhavani Shankar and Arthana Banu are apt in their roles as well. The latter is lovely in the village girl part.
Sathyaraj plays the family head role with ease. He adds weight to the character and the dubbing by SP Balasubramaniam further increases the impact. Bhanupriya, Viji Chandrasekhar, Yuvarani and others make the drama work effectively with their perfectly controlled emotional acting. Soori provides the comic relief.
Drags somewhat in the second half
Pandiraj has come up with a heady concoction of family-based emotions in village setup. They are all relatable and add layers to the simple looking regular rural village drama. Right from the bullock cart race at the beginning, the atmosphere to the countryside and the farmer’s life and the joint family living is well-explored.
The initial sequences highlighting the farmer’s plight and then pride are sure to get noticed. The caste politics that happen and the pure romance too are captured well and used effectively in the screenplay. The first half in total is a thoroughly engaging affair.
It is the second half where there is a drag. It is due to multiple threads and repetition of same emotions. However, they are short-lived, and everything goes back on track soon to deliver a powerful yet so simple climax. It will undoubtedly leave many moist-eyed.
D Imman captures the rural side sounds well, be it in the songs or the background score. The cinematography by Velraj is impressive. Ruben’s cut is sharp. Actor Suriya needs to be appreciated for producing a village subject highlighting the plight of the farmers and Miriyala Ravindar Reddy for bringing the issue to Telugu audience. The production values are top notch.
Bottom-line: Village Based Family Entertainer With Emotions