Touch Chesi Chudu
Touch Chesi Chudu (transl. Touch me if you dare) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action film written by Vakkantham Vamsi and directed by Vikram Sirikonda in his directorial debut in Telugu cinema. It features Ravi Teja, Raashi Khanna and Seerat Kapoor in the lead roles while Freddy Daruwala plays the main antagonist, which marks his debut in Telugu cinema. Pre-production of the film began in July 2016 and principal photography commenced in February 2017 in Hyderabad. The film released worldwide on 2 February 2018.
|Touch Chesi Chudu|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vikram Sirikonda|
|Produced by||Nallamalapu Srinivas|
Vallabhaneni Vamshi Mohan
|Written by||Sreenivasa Reddy|
|Screenplay by||Vikram Sirikonda|
|Story by||Vakkantham Vamsi|
|Music by||JAM8 (Apprentice band of Pritam),|
Mani Sharma(Background Score)
|Cinematography||Chota K. Naidu|
|Edited by||Gautham Raju|
|Box office||est.₹15.75 crore|
Karthikeya (Ravi Teja) is an owner of Kartikeya Industries. He looks after his family very well. His philosophy is "family is most important". Karthik and his family live in Pondicherry. There is a goon named Selvam who robs Karthik's machinery often. Karthik's repeated complaints fall on deaf ears. He challenges that he can solve the case in two minutes, so the CI makes him CI for one day to fight Selvam. Meanwhile, Karthik falls in love with a choreographer named Pushpa (Raashi Khanna) after a few silly talks and fights.
One day after Irfan Lala (Freddy Daruwala) kills a student activist in a pub, Karthik's sister secretly watches it. She tells it to her brother. Karthik informs this to police based on the picture of the criminal. The police officer Sayaji Shinde scolds Karthik that the criminal died long back ago. On the road, Karthik suddenly watches Irfan going on the road. He chases after Irfan but misses him, so Karthik calls the Police Commissioner (Murali Sharma) in Hyderabad and asks for Irfan. A flashback is then revealed.
Karthik is actually a dangerous, reckless, zero family emotions, and duty-dedicated cop who gets transferred from Kadapa to Hyderabad. He goes on a mission to save the daughter of the commissioner, who is threatened by a gang to release their leader. Karthik goes and kills all of them and retrieves the commissioner's daughter safely.
Irfan Lala and his father Rauf Lala (Shahbaz Khan) are two goons hoping to win a by-election so that Irfan can become an MLA. Irfan does not let the CM of the state for rallying in his area called Muzaffarpet. Karthik tactically secures the CM's rally and makes it successful, and voting is also successful. Meanhwhile, Divya (Seerat Kapoor) loves Karthik a lot. Her parents fix the engagement, but Karthik breaks it due to an important mission. Divya gets hurt and leaves him forever.
During a party in an altercation, Irfan kills Shalini (Kaumudi Nemani). Her mother (Suhasini Maniratnam) goes on hunger strike in order to get justice. It is revealed that Karthik was once the student of Shalini's mother. He promises to take action, and urges her to break the fast. During a shootout, he fatally wounds Irfan and himself becomes injured.
In the hospital, Kartik frantically searches for Irfan; however, Karthik's father (Jayaprakash) cools him down by saying that Irfan is already dead. This is actually a drama played by both Karthik's father and the commissioner so that Karthik would be close to his family. Listening to all of this, Karthik decides to draw a balance between professional and personal life. He returns and kills Irfan in a cool manner. Upon knowing this, Rauf dies. The film ends with Karthik meeting Pushpa and requesting her to forgive him. They both affectionately hug each other.
- Ravi Teja as ACP Karthikeya / Karthik
- Raashi Khanna as Pushpa
- Seerat Kapoor as Divya
- Freddy Daruwala as Irfan Lala
- Jayaprakash as Karthikeya's father
- Sriranjini as Karthikeya's mother
- Murali Sharma as Police Commissioner
- Vineet Kumar as Home Minister Keshava Prasad
- Pooja Jhaveri as Sandhya
- Shahbaz Khan as Rauf Lala
- Sayaji Shinde as DGP Ramachandra Rao
- Vennela Kishore as Circle Inspector J. Balram
- Aadukalam Naren as C. I.
- Suhasini Maniratnam as Kartikeya's teacher and Shalini's mother
- Annapurna as Karthikeya's paternal grandmother
- Ajay as Police Officer Ajay
- Satya as Constable
- Jeeva as Maulana
- Sritej as Satyadev
- Vijayakumar as Chief Minister
- Appaji Ambarisha Darbha as Muslim Politician
- Satyam Rajesh as Rajesh, Karthik's friend
- Venkata Giridhar Vajja as Mallesh Yadav
- Kaumudi Nemani as Shalini
- Kireeti Damaraju as Shalini's friend
- Duvvasi Mohan as Constable
- Sandhya Janak
- Anitha Nath
- Charandeep as Kidnapper
Production and storyEdit
Pre-production of this film began in July 2016 after the script approval from Ravi Teja to Vikram Sirikonda. Raashi Khanna who earlier worked with Teja in Bengal Tiger (2015) was signed in as one of the female lead in September 2016.
Pritam was roped in for the music which makes his debut in Telugu cinema. Bollywood actor Freddy Daruwala was signed in to play as main antagonist in April 2017 which marks his debut in Telugu films. Seerat Kapoor was signed in as the second female lead in early May 2017 after considering Lavanya Tripathi and Pragya Jaiswal for that role.
Story and filmingEdit
|Touch Chesi Chudu|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||Jan 27, 2018|
|1.||"Touch Chesi Chudu Title Song"||Chandrabose||Marc D Muse for JAM8||Brijesh Shandilya, Sreerama Chandra||04.30|
|2.||"Raaye Raaye"||Kasarla Shyam||Marc D Muse for JAM8||Nakash Aziz, Madhu Priya||03.30|
|3.||"Manasa"||Rehman||Kaushik-Akash-Guddu (KAG) for JAM8||Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan||04.30|
|4.||"Rang Barse"||Rehman||Kaushik-Akash-Guddu (KAG) for JAM8||Akashdeep Sengupta||4.04|
|5.||"Pushpa"||Rehman||Ashish Pandit for JAM8||Nakash Aziz, Dj Smash Guy||04.00|
Reception and box officeEdit
A critic from The Times Of India stated that " If you’re a Ravi Teja fan, or have seen enough of his movies, then you pretty much know what to expect. Good humour, punch dialogues (delivered in his inimitable style) and action-packed storyline had earned him the title ‘Mass Maharaja’, and brought him some of his biggest hits. In Vikram Sirikonda's ‘Touch Chesi Chudu’, Ravi Teja is meaner and leaner than he ever was, but the script has excellent attributes that made him a successful star in the first place. With an excellent screenplay and an good storyline, ‘Touch Chesi Chudu’ is a worthful watch."
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