Chitralahari Review: Works in parts

Direction: Kishore Tirumala

Cast: Sai Dharam Tej, Kalyani Priyadarshin, Nivetha Pethuraj, Sunil, Posani Krishna Murali

Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Shankar, Mohan Cherukuri

Music Director: Devi Sri Prasad

Sai Dharam Tez, was introduced in the industry as Mega successor. This young hero of late got stung with a series of duds. In fact, in the film, he also got changes his name to Sai Tej So has the name change bought luck to Sai Tej or has he continued to fall in the same flop pits?


Vijay Krishna (Sai Dharam Tez) is a young lad from whom success eludes.  Vijay starts to believe that he can never be a successful man in life, but his father (Posani Krishnamurthy) is confident that his son will always be successful.  One fine day, he starts working at a TV shop and there he falls in love with Lahari(Kalyani Priyadarshan). However, his life takes a turn with the entry of Shanti(Nivetha Pehturaj). What happens with Shanti’s entry and how Vijay is able to make his life upside and prove that he is a successful man by winning back his love forms the story.


Sai Dharam Tej, who is in trouble with a series of defeats, has chosen a new kind of character that he has not previously done. He has done well in the character that reflects today’s youth. Kalyani Priyadarshan is the heroine. In some scenes she looks haywire but overall she is fine. Actress Nivetha who acted as another heroine did not get any chances of showing variation. However, her look is impressive as a corporate woman. Posani Krishna Murali, Sunil and Vennela Kishore in the other roles are impressed by his range.


Kishore Thirumala’s Chitralahari has sensible points with another interesting line. How are youth thinking about success? He tries to give a contemporary twist to today’s success for youth, but its the screenplay that fails. However, Kishore could not get enough of this effort. The first half is sluggish and it lacks much emotional content making things half-baked. The music by DSP is okayish. Cinematography, editing and production values are in line with the film level.


Few dialogues

Sai Dharam Tej


Slow narration




Works in parts, If you are fan of SDT give it a try