Chandramukhi: Highly entertaining film on split personality
The long awaited mega film of the year Chandramukhi has captivated
audiences around the world with its grandeur. It is also a treat to the
fans of Super Star Rajnikanth following the flop of his previous film
The film contains most of the opulent actors of the Tamil film
industry and is a typical entertaining Masala film The historical figure
Chandramukhi has been made the base of the plot.
Chandramukhi is the remake of the Malayalam film Manichithrathal. The
film deals with the theme of split personality and this has been
brilliantly portrayed by Jyothika in the last bits of the film.
The film compares the psychology of split personality to spiritual
belief involved in it and concludes with an unbiased solution. Genre is
more to the thriller but to make it more entertaining comedy and drama
have been incorporated.
Saravanan played by Rajnikanth is a psychiatrist who returns from the
US to visit his friend in India. His friend Prabu, a civil engineer, is
married to Ganga played by Jyothika in Chennai. Prabu plans to buy an
old bungalow to live together with his family.
This was the bungalow where the gorgeous dancer 'Chandramukhi' was
put in a house-arrest by a king. The family is restricted to use some
parts of the bungalow due to the rumour that the spirit of the late
Chandramukhi still exists in those areas.
The family is also told by a priest about the story of Chandramukhi.
The king who was impressed by this beautiful dancer builds this bungalow
for her. He orders that she should dance only in front of him and plans
to marry her. Chandramukhi falls in love with her neighbour who is also
a dancer. The jealous king kills both of them.
Due to the ruthless murder of Chandrmukhi, a belief exists in the
public for more than 150 years saying that her spirit is roaming around
that part of the bungalow in the motive of killing the king for the
injustice. Jyothika who was curious to see what was inside that part of
the bungalow breaks the lock and gets into see Chndramukhi's room.
In the meantime, the family arranges a marriage to Malayvika with
Vinneth, a famous dance teacher. Someone attempts to kill some of the
family members several times but fails. The blame is put on Nayantara,
the music teacher whom Rajinkanth is in love with. Rajnikanth
investigates this matter and finds out the person behind these causes.
To everybody's surprise it is Jyothika who attempts to kill her own
husband Prabu. Jyothika who is psychologically affected ever since her
parents' death lives with her grandmother. To console, her grandmother
narrates her stories from legends. Jyothika acts out the characters in
those stories and eventually lives that character.
She gets influenced by Chandramukhi's story which provoke her to
break the lock of the room. She gets fascinated by the dancer and
changes herself and lives the character of Chandramukhi unconsciously.
She falls in love with Vinneth, a dancer, like Chandramukhi and to stop
his marriage with Malavika, she attempts to kill her.
The rest of the film deals with how Rajnikanth risks his life to
rescue his friend's wife.The flexibility of the plot allows the
inclusion of substance, such as comedy and drama and it also has many
twists and turns to aggravate curiosity.
An entertaining film is something which shines in all aspects such a
cast, music, choreography, cinematography, stunt and story. The film
contains fully formed and experienced actors out of which the importance
is more to Rajnikanth and Jyothika.
Rajnikanth's performance is far better comparing to his previous film
Baba. he has given some extraordinary performances which reminds of
Padaiappa. his get-up like a king, the villainous expressions to the
song "Ra Ra" and his stylish walks reminds the Rajnikanth of 70s.
Jyothika is well-known for her exaggerated performances in films like
Kushi. The Chandramukhi role requires some inflated expressions for some
striking scenes. The only actress who could perform this role with ease
is Jyothika. She sacred away the audience with her eyes.
She has also become a proven dancer with the success of this film.
This film is again a huge break for Jyothika as she has given such a
marvellous performance with some aggressive enactments.
Vadivelu, the comedian in demand these days is hilarious and makes
some uproarious comedy scenes together with Rajnikanth.
Vidyasagar has given in some of his best collections of tunes to this
film. The highlight of the film is the "Ra Ra" song. This mind-blowing
song is ideal for Bharatha Natyam and so the choreography has turned out
spectacularly. To enhance the artistic work to the song Thotta Tharani
has given a suitable setting.
It is the cinematographer who brings out these artistic innovations.
The Cameraman Sekhar Joseph has beautifully captured this song and
brought out a neat work with some additional special effects from the
editor Suresh Urs. There is nothing new in the story as it is more of a
fiction but still the long anticipated delight Chandramukhi has made
itself the box-office hit of the year.