Director: Roopa Iyer,
Cast: Shriya Saran, Ganesh Venkataraman, Prem
Roopa Iyer’s fascination with the classics led her to make Chandra. So involved was she with the project, that she is its director, story and screenplay writer, art director and costume designer.
Chandra hovers around an elitist love triangle involving characters belonging to royal families played by Prem, Shriya Saran and Ganesh Venkataraman.
Roopa has certainly lavished her attention on the costumes and sets that look exquisite, colourful and expensive.
The chemistry between Shriya and Prem, the lead hero, is palpable. Their love story is narrated through poems, adding an artistic touch to the narration.
Maharani Ammanmani Chandravathy is fascinated by Chandrahasa, son of a family friend, who returns from the Himalayas after gaining expertise in ayurveda. With common interests in music and art, a close bond develops between the two. However, they are secretive about their relationship knowing that their families will disapprove of it.
Meanwhile, the royal family, which was on a lookout for a suitable match for Chandravarthy, decides on US-based Arya (Ganesh Venkataraman) as the perfect one. This complicates Chandravarthy and Chandra’s relationship further. Chandravathy leaves for the US with Arya. The film explores the tribulations of a woman who wants to get back to her love. There is no denying the visual beauty of the film. Despite donning so many hats for Chandra, Roopa has kept her narration simple. A good supporting cast in Ganesh Venkataraman, Srinath, Sumitra, Padmavasanthi and Sukanya ensures some effective scenes.
The comic element is lacking, despite the presence of Tamil actor Vivekh and comedian Sadhu Kokila, who is simply wasted.
Music by debutant Gautam Srivatsa adds a classic touch. Cameraman PHK Doss has managed to capture the beauty of Shriya well.
The verdict: Shot in a light-hearted manner, with a bright palette of colours, and aided by good performances by the actors, the movie is appealing.