Colour Photo on aha, with Suhas and Chandini Chowdary: A not-bad “love failure” story with truly inspired touches

Posted on October 24, 2020


Issues and all, this is one of the better products of this direct-to-OTT era. It may not come together perfectly, but at least, it’s not for lack of trying.

Spoilers ahead…

Sandeep Raj’s Colour Photo (he also wrote the film, from a story by Sai Rajesh) is set in the 1990s, and it has many of the tropes of the romantic melodramas from that era (and even earlier): for instance, the opposites-attract construct, with, say, a rich girl and a poor boy. Here, we have a dark-skinned boy named after a dark-skinned god (Suhas, as Jayakrishna) and a very fair-skinned girl named Deepthi (Chandini Chowdary). What’s different — and refreshing — is the depth in the writing, which does a lot to dust the cobwebs off the template. The narrative opens with the news that Deepthi’s father is dead. But she’s cold, distant. She is unable to cry. A little later, we see that she’s unable to feel joy, either. We learn this from her husband, who is not Jayakrishna, and this is not a spoiler as it’s out there right at the beginning.

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