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Based on the Malayalam cinema ‘Manichitratazhu’, ‘ Chandramukhi’ is a psychological thriller/horror/action/comedy starring Rajinikanth. Like the original Malayalam film, the story is about a psychiatrist, whose foster brother’s wife supposedly gets possessed. It was a massive hit, running in theaters for 890 days.
Plot: Psychiatrist Saravanan (Rajinikanth) returns to his foster brother Senthil (Prabhu) and his wife Ganga (Jyothika). She seems to be possessed by the ghost of a dancer Chandramukhi. As it becomes clearer and clearer that this ghost is behind all the unexplained happenings, Saravanan’s family approach an exorcist. But Saravanan begs to differ. How he gets rid of this ghost? Watch the movie to find out.
Analysis: ‘Chandramukhi’ is just another Rajinikanth movie where the filmmaker butchers the plot for the sake of his heroics. The Malayalam original saw a nuanced performance from Mohanlal. But this is a Rajinikanth film, so the superstar is bigger than the story. Director P. Vasu re-writes the movie to match the status of the star and fails miserably.
Rajinikanth does what he’s asked to do, and he does it with style and élan. Rajinikanth’s antics work in an over the top action plotline, and it was unnecessary to fit-in fight scenes here. The special effects, even though over the top, are top notch. The music is mediocre, but Rajinikanth lights up the screen when he appears with his trademark dance moves.
Star Performances: Rajinikanth, just like any other time, doesn’t disappoint. The flick also boasts of a huge supporting cast but don’t have much to do. Jyothika is dull and lifeless in the first half and overdoes the possession act in the second half. Prabhu doesn’t have much to do other than Rajinikanth’s character. Nassar is funny, and his comedy scenes with Rajinikanth are hilarious.
1. An engaging story.
2. The ever dependable Rajinikanth.
What’s not there?
1. Poor direction.
2. Average music.
3. The running time is unnecessarily long.
Verdict: On a whole, ‘Chandramukhi’ is entertaining, all thanks to Rajinikanth. Talking about it as a film, it is average at best when compared to its original version. The flick could have been a lot better if P. Vasu had tried to contain superstar Rajinikanth and not the other way round.
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