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There are two reasons why I went to this film, first day first show. One, it had the word Chennai, which means a world to me. Second, the positive comments from few legendary directors. And Bobby Simha in the cast was an added bonus. I expected something similar to Chennai 600028. Something fun, energetic and positive. But... Wait for it... This film is such a waste of time. The intent was there to make a message oriented film but the fun part of Chennai was truly lacking.
Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkirathu is basically the story of a character named Chella Paandi. This dude wants to make a movie and would have come to Chennai from some village. Its the happenings in the room he stays and everytime he wants to write, he gets chucked out of the room. New rooms, new people, his story, their stories, his life, their lives and again new rooms. That's all. And finally he makes a movie. Such a fun plot, which could have been made into a laugh riot but this movie is loaded with problems and negativity.
Screenplay, what? There is no proper screenplay that smoothly flows from one incident to an another. There is a cut every 2 minutes and a new character sneaks in. There was a lack of proper dialogues also. There is an abrupt feeling to every scene throughout the movie. The credit goes to the editor. Though the runtime is around 130 mins, the film drags throughout. Cinematography is very amateurish. The output looks very raw ans straight out of the camera. There were shakes and framing was poor. I was trying hard to concentrate and find some positives, and in the meanwhile failed to notice the music. Nothing great in that department as well. Technically, a very poor film.
Performances wise Bobby Simha was ok. Looks like this film was shot when he was in his learning phase. There were not many notable performances to actually speak about. There is this guy who flirts full time and a girl who cries big time. There is this another guy who tries to crack some humor but fails everytime. And there are other characters who do nothing but walk in and out of the frame.
Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkirathu would been a fun ride but lack of budget could have been a problem. More budget, better locations, better camera, better actors, better technical aspects - a much better film. But it ended up in an uninspiring attempt to showcase the troublesome life of youngsters in Chennai. It looks more like a documentary than a proper feature film. A short film with songs and masala, precisely