Verdict: Decent blend of emotions.
After a decent Aha Na Pellanta and Poola Rangudu, Veerabhadram’s next flick Bhai with Nagarjuna was a disaster at the box office. After a three-year-gap, Veerabhadram is back with Chuttalabbayi. Aadi, on the other hand had a rough patch recently and was looking out for a good break. Chuttalabbayi also brought father Saikumar and Aadi together for the first time. This collaboration raised some speculation among trade circles.
Recovery agent Babji (Aadi) has his own style of recovering bad debt from his customers. In this process, he happens to meet Kavya (Namitha Pramod) who is on the run from her family as she is not interested in marriage. Kavya’s brother (Abhimanyu Singh) is a ruthless cop and misunderstands Babji's feelings for his sister Kavya. Do Kavya and Babji manage to escape? Why does Babji land in his home town? What happens between Kavya and Babji forms the rest of the story.
Chuttalabbayi bears a lot of resemblances to the Hindi blockbuster movie Chennai Express. And all the action sequences look to be a tribute to NTR’s Brindavanam.
Aadi delivers a sterling performance and is really good in dances and fights. It is a delight to watch him and his father share screen space. Prudhvi has yet again delivered a scintillating performance with some superb comic work. Posani Krishna Murali and Ali are able to add the comedy quotient in the later half. Abhimanyu Singh looks good in the role of cop. Namitha Prasad as Kavya performs decent as well. A more glamorous and a better actress could have been better suited for this role.
The story, screenplay and direction by Veerabhadram is mediocre. The story reminds you of several recent movies and the screenplay is neither new nor interesting. The music and background score by S.S. Thaman is good and the songs are melodious and hummable. Photography is neat and all the village episodes are captured beautifully. There is nothing to rave about the dialogues in the movie. They are ordinary. Editing work is decent. The production values are good. The movie looks rich and glossy.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you like routine commercial flicks, then this should serve you well. You will not be bored for a moment if you are used to the regular comedy and emotional content. Dances, songs and photography are the notable highlights of Chuttalabbayi.
– By Ajay Mudunuri