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Chatrapathi

NORMALLY TODAY'S film start with a formula opening but Super Good films' "Chatrapathi" presented by JJ Good Films has a different opening and this makes the viewers get absorbed in the film right from the first frame. Sarath Kumar as the driver of a college bus is soft and calm. But one is sure that the character will certainly turn fiery the minute his true self is revealed. The screenplay takes you to a different situation.

The hero is a bus driver in a catering college where the heroine is also studying. He is also running an orphanage. He is in love with the heroine but she does not know it. Rowdies tease a girl student of the college. Chatrapathi murders the rowdies. One day the heroine enters the hero's room and comes to know about his past life including the murder of the rowdies. The heroine knows about his kindness and other good activities and is thrilled that the hero is not an ordinary man. She requests him to tell her his life story and he narrates it to her.

The President of India honours the hero with the highest award `Paramveer Chakra' for his exemplary action of annexing a portion of Siachen Glacier from the neighbouring country. After getting the award the hero goes to his native place, where a political leader has annexed the land belonging to the hero. The man who got back a portion of the land from the neighbouring country is unable to get back his own land. He knows that a political leader is behind all this. This provokes him to eradicate political leaders who are acting against religion and community. Because of this he is arrested by the police and brought to court. Chatrapathi says that his act is justified and he always wanted to destroy anti-social elements that disturb the society. The court hands over the hero to the military forces.

Sarath Kumar as the hero has done justice to his character and has shown restrained acting in the first half and is full of vigour and action in the second. Nikita ably supports him. Pooja in a negative role is promising. Rajesh as the man who gives respects to the national flag plays a brilliant character. Vadivelu makes us laugh occasionally. A. Karthik Raja's camera work is noteworthy. S. A. Raj Kumar's music is significant. Two songs, `Ragasiyamai' and `Ore Oru Raathiri' (a dance by Rambha) will certainly be on the lips of the viewers.

The film has love, sentiment, and heroism as the title suggests. The dialogue is crisp and director Srimahesh who makes his debut is also in charge of story, screenplay and dialogue. He should have worked a little more, mainly in the second half.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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