The sight of a bunch of bright crimson ‘chemparathipoo’ (hibiscus) obviously evokes the image of a heart beating for love. Arun Vaiga’s directorial debut, Chemparathipoo, is a tale of such bright love that blossoms in the heart of lovelorn youngster.
Chemparathipoo, which doesn’t boast of a high profile star cast beautifully portrays the pangs of young love and aptly projects how the romantic relationships of a person during his school days affect his personal life. Chemparathipoo is all about the innocence and freshness of those cute little romances that thrives on the silence of the lonely rural pathways of one’s way to school or church and about all those furtive glances. This movie has a refreshing simplicity of all the lovely romantic stories that we have heard in the past and probably laughed at for its uncomplicated yet mushy romance.
Vinod Sasi, the protagonist, played by Askar Ali nurses a broken heart after a failed first love. But the young cinema enthusiast is not yet ready to give up on romance and is eager to fall head over heels for another girl.
The movie is about the romantic relationships of Vinod and the subsequent events spanning three stages of his life.
The director has been able to skillfully capture the vibrant school days and its beautiful memories which evoke a great measure of nostalgia. Askar Ali delivers a decent performance as the lovelorn Vinod. Aju Varghese and Dharmajan are at their usual best as Vinod’s friends Mathai and Adipoli Ratheesh.
The leading ladies, the Alamara fame Athithi Ravi and newcomer Parvathy Arun play the roles of Diya and Neena Jacob respectively. Sudheer Karamana, Visakh Nair, Vijilesh, Sunil Sugada and Kottayam Pradeep play pivotal roles among others.
Director Arun Vaiga has penned the story and also carried out the editing of the movie. He handled the sequences so deftly that there was no qualms of a debutant director.
The action scenes choreographed using the mannequin technique is a unique feature of Chemparathipoo. The beautiful frames of Santosh Anima set the mood right for this cute little movie. Rakesh AR’s soulful music adds to the charm of Chemparathipoo.
The film is a beautiful tale of young love and it helps you revisit the wistful memories of your childhood. The movie, pitching on genuine emotions, is sure to relate with youngsters and families.