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Charlie
Charlie 2015-Malayalam film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byMartin Prakkat
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story byUnni R.
Starring
Music byGopi Sunder
CinematographyJomon T. John
Edited byShameer Muhammed
Production
company
Finding Cinema
Distributed byPlayhouse Release, Tricolor Entertainment
Release date
  • 24 December 2015 (2015-12-24)
Running time
129 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Charlie is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language romantic drama film directed by Martin Prakkat and written by Prakkat and Unni R.[2] Produced by Prakkat, Joju George and Shebin Becker, the film stars Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy.[3] The music is composed by Gopi Sundar, while Jomon T. John handles the cinematography. The film released on 24 December. It won 8 awards at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography. It will be remade into Marathi as Deva starring Ankush Chaudhary, Tejaswini Pandit and Spruha Joshi.[4]

Plot

Tessa (Parvathy) is a graphic artist who runs from home to avoid her marriage. With the help of her friend, she rents a room. Initially, she hates her room which is a complete mess, but then she learns that the room was previously occupied by a carefree vagabond named Charlie (Dulquer Salmaan). When she starts cleaning up the place, she discovers a photo and a sketchbook of this man. The sketches depict the previous New Year's Eve when a small-time thief (Soubin Shahir) tries to rob the man's room. In a turn-of-events, the man joins him, and they both go on the rooftop of a home. There, they are shocked by what they see inside. That was the last page of the sketch, and the story is left unfinished, which piques her curiosity about the rest of the story, as well as the previous occupant of the room.

Intrigued, Tessa starts finding the people in the man's sketches. Backtracking his steps, she meets the man's "father" (who is more of a friend), a boat servant, and Mariya/Queen Mary (Kalpana), a physically abused woman. Charlie takes Mariya out to sea for her birthday. Unfortunately, Mariya commits suicide and he becomes heartbroken. Following up on more clues, Tessa gets news that the man is staying in a hotel and rushes to meet him. However, she just misses him by a few seconds. Later a helper boy in the hotel explains to her that the little girl with Charlie was Mariya's daughter.

One day, she meets the thief depicted in that man's sketches and inquiries about the day's events. He informs her that his sir (Charlie) stopped a woman from hanging herself, and followed her when she escaped from the scene on the bike. They find the house and finally identify the girl as Doctor Kani (Aparna Gopinath). She then meets Kani and inquires about her story. Kani explains that she was depressed over her broken relationship when she did her first independent operation leading to the death of a 10-year-old girl. Further hooked by the media, she was desperate and about to commit suicide on new year eve and was distracted by that man. He takes her to a home maintained by Kunjappan (Nedumudi Venu) and she was living there than on. Kunjappan a hopeless romantic is waiting for his teenage love Theresia to show up.

Tessa's mother finds her and takes her home. While a depressed Tessa was on her way back home, the man then returns with Kunjappan's long lost love, who is a nun now. Kani informs him about Tessa, and he admits knowing about Tessa and her search for him. Charlie informs Kani that he will be attending the Thrissur Pooram function, and Tessa can find him there if she's looking for him. Finally, Tessa finds him performing in a magic show. Afterward, he spots her, approaches, and asks her if she wants to have drinks. At first she introduces herself as Shruti Raman and lets him think that he has met the wrong person. While the festival starts Charlie's antics makes her tell him that she is Tessa and he too reveals his name to be 'Charlie'. As the credits rolls, they are seen wandering together towards a new journey in life.

Cast

Production

Principal photography began on 25 May 2015 in Idukki. IBTimes reported that it will be an experimental film and each actor will be spotted in a new look. The film was shot at various locations in Kochi, Munnar and Gujarat.[2] The filming was completed by September 2015.[5]

Music

Charlie
Soundtrack album by
Released7 December 2015 (2015-12-07)
Recorded2015
StudioSound Factory, Cochin
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length27:37
LabelMuzik 247
Gopi Sunder chronology
Ennu Ninte Moideen
(2015)
Charlie
(2015)
Two Countries
(2015)

The film's soundtrack was composed by Gopi Sunder and the lyrics were written by Rafeeq Ahamed. The songs were released on 7 December 2015.[6] "Chithirathira" sung by Vijay Yesudas was released separately on 21 December.[7] A promotional video of Dulquer Salmaan singing "Chundari Penne" was released on 24 December.[8]

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Akale"Malgudi Shubha3:59
2."Pularikalo"Shakthisree Gopalan, Md. Maqbool Mansoor5:46
3."Puthumazhayai — Version I"Shreya Ghoshal4:33
4."Oru Kari Mukilinu"Vijay Prakash4:41
5."Sneham Nee Naadha"Rajalakshmi4:05
6."Puthumazhayai — Version II"Divya S. Menon4:33
7."Chithirathira"Vijay Yesudas4:39
8."Chundari Penne"Dulquer Salmaan3:55
Total length:36:11

Reception

Box office

The film collected 2 crore on the first day from Kerala box office,[9] and grossed 14.4 crore in 22 days of release.[10]

Critical reception

Describing the film as a "tantalizing love tale", Vishnu Varma of The New Indian Express rated it 4 stars out of 5 and stated, "‘Charlie’ is a feel-good movie, but it does not stop there. It plays around brilliantly with raw emotions centered around a character who wants to be free."[11] Litty Simon of Malayala Manorama rated it 3.25 out of 5, concluding "Dulquer's Charlie is a simple, feel good film that will make you smile this festive season. Although not an out-and-out entertainer, Charlie has the elements to be tagged as a wacky entertainer, filled with all what is needed — celebration, surprises, patience, faith, care, and above, all love!"[12] Website Nowrunning gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5, stating "Charlie could be termed an audacious attempt but grandiose visions don't necessarily translate into well-crafted cinema. Pared down expectations could make it a reasonable weekend watch."[13]

Awards

Kerala State Film Awards[14]

Asiavision Awards[15]

  • Best Actress – Parvathy
  • Best Cinematography – Jomon T. John

Asianet Film Awards

  • Best Actress – Parvathy
  • Best Supporting Actress – Kalpana (posthumously awarded)
  • Best Cinematography – Jomon T. John

Vanitha Film Awards[16]

  • Best Actress – Parvathy
  • Best Supporting Actor – Chemban Vinod Jose
  • Best Cinematography – Jomon T. John

References

  1. ^ "CHARLIE (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "'Charlie' First Poster: Dulquer Salmaan Spotted in Trendy New Look". International Business Times. 15 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Dulquer starts shooting for 'Charlie'". Sify. 15 June 2015.
  4. ^ James, Anu. "Dulquer Salmaan's Charlie gets Marathi version: Deva teaser trends on top; netizens have a field day [Memes]". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  5. ^ "Dulquer Salmaan wraps up 'Charlie', starts shooting for Rajeev Ravi's next". International Business Times. 25 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Charlie: Listen to songs of Dulquer Salmaan-Parvathy starrer". IBTimes. 8 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Gopi Sunder continues top form in new 'Charlie' song". Malayala Manorama. 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Video out: Dulquer sings 'Chundari Penne' for 'Charlie'". Malayala Manorama. 25 December 2015. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ സ്വന്തം ലേഖകൻ (30 December 2015). "ചാർളിയോ ലോഹമോ മുന്നിൽ ?". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  10. ^ Onmanaorama Staff (18 January 2016). "'Pavada' rules box office; 'Two Countries', 'Charlie' running successfully". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Charlie movie review: Dulquer Salmaan-Martin Prakkat weave a tantalising love tale". The Indian Express. 2015-12-29. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  12. ^ "'Charlie' review: In search of the free-spirited one". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Charlie Review — Now Running". Nowrunning. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards 2015". Anu James. International Business Times. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Vanitha Film Awards 2016: Prithviraj, best actor; Parvathy bags best actress award"
  16. ^ "Vanitha Film Awards 2016"

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