Chaavu Kaburu Challaga, starring Kartikeya and Lavanya Tripathi in the lead roles, is a love drama that tries to entertain the audience with a bit of comedy and woo them with emotional angle as well. What the movie tries to tell is this: love can happen to anyone at any age and with any person, and that the emotions one feels when in love are real.
The undercurrent of sentiment can be felt throughout the movie. While the first half was breezy, things don’t go quite so smoothly in the second half as the emotional episodes are overwhelming. Kartikeya plays Basti Balaraju, who can go to any extent to get what he wants.
When he is angry or emotional, he consumes too much alcohol and vents it all out, a habit he got from his mother. One day while transporting the mortal remains of a person named Peter, Balaraju sees the deceased man’s wife Mallika (Lavanya) and instantly falls for her.
He proposes to her right at the funeral. Though Mallika’s family rejects him, he still tries to convince her and a complaint gets filed against Balaraju. This is when a twist in the plot is introduced — the hero’s mother (played by Aamani) comes in and changes the course of his life. The rest of the story unveils the other side of Balaraju and his love track with Mallika.
The on-screen chemistry of the lead pair, Kartikeya and Lavanya Tripathi, worked out well in the film and Kartikeya had tried his best to sport the rugged, mass look, and improved a lot in terms of acting. Lavanya also carried herself well in the role of Mallika, a simple middle-class girl who works as a nurse, who is upset with her husband Peter’s death.
Even as she tries to overcome the situation, she gets disturbed with Balaraju trying to woo her. Slowly, she develops feelings for him in the second half, but respect towards her in-laws makes her have second thoughts.
Senior actor Aamani is experimenting with new characters and getting a good response. Here, she plays an alcoholic mother who is fed up with family responsibility, but also doesn’t want to give up on family. As a person caught between family, addiction and her love for a TV mechanic, the seasoned actor does a good job.
Murali Sharma and Srikanth Iyengar play important roles and they deliver what is expected of them. Anusuya Bharadwaj has a cameo in a special song which adds a bit of spice to emotional drama.