The Reviews all agree on one thing – Lohithadas has lost his mojo in this movie. The man who wrote great screenplays and created memorable characters was not able to do his magic in this movie. For Dileep this is a crisis as neither his action movies nor his family movies are clicking.
The last thing you expect from a Lohithadas movie is that it starts with a song choreographed with dozens of dancers, wearing Army uniforms. It’s in a dream sequence, and establishes a few home truths about the character of Chakkaramuthu. We are warned that this will be run-of-the-mill stuff. Even when the narrative picks up a little, our disappointment lingers.
The master filmmaker Lohithadas is not seen in this film. Though expectations were high when he cast Dileep as a mentally retarded character — the actor has created a niche for himself with such marginalised roles — the film offers nothing new to Dileep. The role is repetitive.
Lohithadas seems to have run out of steam as his latest film Chakkaramuthu, is nothing but a rehash of various old films and none of the characters are well-etched out nor do we become a part of their anguish or worry.
The trouble is too many characters with too many motives are haphazardly tied up resulting in an embarrassingly bad film. There is not even one single scene which is new or brings a smile on your face and the climax is a big letdown. Looks like, the writer-director had lost interest and wanted to some how end the film!
Chakkaramuththu, the eleventh directorial venture of writer-turned-director Lohithadas, has proved to be a big let down in almost all respects.
Lohithadas, who had earlier directed films like Bhoothakannadi, Arayannangalude Veedu, Joker etc, seems to have made the film in a rather carefree manner, paying little attention to important aspects like scripting, characterization etc. He has attempted to bank on Dileep’s acting potential, especially his skills as an excellent mimicry artist. Of course he has been able to tap the actor’s potentials in a commendable way, but that alone doesn’t make for a good film. The director’s attempt has thus to a very great extent misfired and hence watching Chakkaramuththu is not at all a pleasant experience.