| Comedy |
Director: Kaushik Pegallapati
Cast: Karthikeya, Lavanya Tripathi
Release date: 19 March, 2021
Running time: 137 minutes
Basthi Balaraju (Kartikeya Gummakonda) falls for a young widow called Mallika (Lavanya Tripathi) even as he transports her husband’s body to the grave. With everyone telling him he’s wrong to woo her, how does he manage to win her over?
Chaavu Kaburu Challaga is an infuriating mishmash that makes you gasp with surprise and sigh with exasperation every few minutes in its 2-hours-17-minutes long runtime. The intention is an honourable one – to reason that women are allowed to lead a happy life irrespective of their circumstances.
Hearse driver Basthi Balaraju (Kartikeya) has seen too much death in a short span of time – so much so that he doesn’t believe there’s something monumental in one’s passing. He does something a ‘hero’ is not expected to do – fall in love with the young widow Mallika (Lavanya Tripathi) even as he carries her husband’s dead body to the grave. But what he does next is what any ‘hero’ in commercial cinema would do – stalk and harass her despite her apparent disgust and even police involvement. Because love can face any hurdle. Mallika reasons that she values life because she works at the maternity ward and sees the beauty in it every day while he sees the reality in death. There is philosophy in this film that lies deep within all the drama.