Verdict: A brilliant movie with amazing presentation.
Written and directed by Venkatesh Maha on a shoe-string budget and produced by Praveena Paruchuri, a cardiologist based out in the US, C/o Kancharapalem managed to hog the limelight despite new faces in the cast and crew. Thanks to Suresh Productions, who have backed the project after believing in its content, and have marketed the movie intelligently.
What’s C/o Kancharapalem About:
C/o Kancharapalem is the story of four couples of different age groups. Raju (Subba Rao) is an attendee at a Government office. Even at the age of 49, he is a bachelor and stays alone. Radha (Radha Bessy) is Raju’s colleague who gets transferred from Orissa. She is a widow and has a 20-year-old daughter. She falls in love with Raju, whose bachelor life is often talked about.
Joseph (Karthik Ratnam) is a Christian teenage boy and an owner of a gym named Ammoru. He often argues in the name of settlements. He happens to meet Bhargavi, a Brahmin girl, and they later fall in love.
Geddam (Mohan Bhagat) is an orphan and works as a boy in a wine shop. Saleema (Vijaya Praveena Paruchuri) is a prostitute who comes to buy liquor daily. Geddam falls in love with Saleema by looking at her eyes as her face is always covered with a head scarf.
All these four love stories happen in the town named Kancharapalem. How these four stories relate to each other and what turn they take in the name of caste, religion, age, and economic status form the crux of C/o Kancharapalem.
C/o Kancharapalem is a brilliant movie presented very well on the big screen. The first credit goes to debutante Venkatesh Maha for his fantastic writing and aesthetic direction. He has dealt with sensitive issues like related to love, caste, religion etc with perfection, so as to not hurt anyone’s sentiments. Sweekar Agasthi, the protégé of Mani Sharma‘s music is captivating and has definitely raised the bar. Aditya Javvadi and Varun Chaphekar’s cinematography will leave you spell-bound. Most of the film has been shot in Kancharapalem and the rest has been shot in Araku and Vizag, though they are portrayed as Kancharapalem. Ravi Teja Girijala‘s excellent editing skills have to be appreciated for packaging four love stories in a duration of 150 minutes. Though the lead characters are new, they seem picture perfect and perform extremely well.
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Why You Should Watch:
Very rarely do we get to watch movies that are cult-classics or trendsetters. C/o Kancharapalem belongs to this rare genre and is a must, must watch. Book your tickets for this weekend right away.