Critic’s Rating : / 5
Chathuram Movie Review : A rarely seen emotional drama
Review: Eldho (Alencier), a middle-aged, rich guy, marries Selena (Swasika), who is half his age and brings her to his bungalow in a hill station. Once she gets here, she discovers his true nature; he is a big narcissistic, angry old man, who beats her up for the silliest reasons, rapes, and abuses her brutally. One day, during a walk Eldho meets with an accident which leaves him paralysed. A home nurse Balthazar (Roshan Mathew) is appointed to take care of him. How Selena now manipulates the situation in her favour is the story of Chathuram.
Director Sidharth Bharathan’s film is about love, lust and revenge, and shows how when a woman is determined, she is pretty unstoppable. And here, Selena is a clever woman, which is demonstrated when she plays chess and defeats Eldho, though he is a champion in the game. Sidharth succeeds in showing the lust which develops into love with home nurse Balthazar without overdoing it.
This is a film in which characters are the focus and so the actors need to bring their A game. Does that happen? Swasika seems a bit uncomfortable to get into the skin of a seductress, but her transformation from ‘victim’ to ‘mistress’ is done in an effective, believable manner. Roshan and Alencier showcase the many emotional transactions of their characters well.
Of course, this is an adult entertainer with a bold woman character, and interesting as an subject that is not often explored in Malayalam cinema.
– V Vinod Nair