Cast: Krishna, Vaishali Deepak, Milana Nagaraj, Sharath Lohithashwa, Raghava Uday
Sometimes a film which is replete with vibrant atmosphere and positivity can still fail to make an impression. Charlie is an example. The understated triangular love formula is extremely short on eloquence and it is evident that the attempt, even though honest, is riddled with ineffective handling of the script.
The story of Charlie is about Cheluvanarayana Swamy, an orphan who rechristens himself as Charlie and does odd jobs. He is on an assignment to Hampi where he meets Gayathri (Vaishali Deepak) who is inhumanely treated by her father. Charlie, who falls in love with her, rescues and brings her to Bengaluru. While he makes up his mind to settle with her, Gayathri joins a college, where she meets Rishi and falls in love him.
Charlie is devastated on knowing their relationship. Meanwhile, Purvi (Milana Nagaraj) who studies in the same college falls in love with Charlie. The twisted love affairs get even more twisted when Gayathri reveals that she is pregnant and soon after Rishi is killed by some miscreants. What is Gayathri’s fate and does Charlie accept Purvi’s love is the crux of the film, which does not manage to maintain a consistent interest level in the long running time of 110 minutes.
Director Shiva’s subject treatment is ineffective and his style is a bit gruesome.
Krishna shines as Charlie and acquits himself in all departments of acting, dance and action sequences. The lead actor deserves credit for he lent a hand to the story along with the director but the film’s plot and few other characters make the entire film less interesting. Vaishali Deepak and Milana Nagaraj make their presence felt but they do not make much of an impact and the same goes with supporting characters like Sharath Lohitashwa, and Raghava Uday.
Cinematographer Girish and music director Veer Samarth do their best. However, the plot is not enough to stand on its own.
Overall, Charlie is appealing but uneventful.