Lakshmi Manchu: She was natural and at her original best. She was an indeed the best pick for the role of Lisa Smith, a super model in low ebb. She was absolutely adorable. And wish her character could have been given more to deliver!
Kishore: We know he is an able actor but this film has only added a feather to his cap. It was an endearing watch to see him play characters like ‘Sarathi’ (a writer) with subtle and sensitive emotions.
Krishnudu: He tries to tickle your funny bone with unmarried tale but was underutilized.
Naresh & Aamani: They were the key pillars of the film. They both have put up some stunning chemistry much needed to the film.
Abhijith & Richa Panai: They both were impressive as a couple and share a great chemistry.
Krishna Chaitanya & Shamili: They did their best to make this film appealing enough.
Naga Shourya & Amitha Rao: They both are certainly the most promising couple of this generation.
Krishneswar Rao: He is the new supporting artist available for the industry. He was very real, natural and brilliant as a beggar in the film.
The rest of the characters did a decent job to keep the viewer engaged.
Praveen Sattaru has never shied away from experimenting and this is seriously a very good attempt. He chose to tell 8 different tales at a single go. Though these were pretty much old, they have a purpose and emotion to be told.
In a nutshell, the second half was way better than the first half.
The audio by Mickey J Meyer is amazing meeting his director’s needs and measuring up to his standards and the back ground score has pumped life into the film.
Cinematography by Suresh Ragutu was decent enough while Editing by Dharmendra Kakarla can be much pacy especially in the first half and in the Payaname song and the car sequence between Naresh and Aamani did look banal.
Chandamama Kathalu is a good and indeed an unique attempt in Telugu cinema. After a long time, you can have your brains, hearts and watch the film. Though not a commercial entertainer, it is a worthwhile one time watch while we shed hundreds on other commercial potboilers all along the year. Take a break and watch Chandamama Kathalu!