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    Chocolate - A campus flick

    By G. Jayakumar

    Chocolate, directed by Shafi, is an entertainer. The screenplay is by debutant duo Sachi and Sethu.

    The film opens with a PTA meeting in progress at the St. Mary’s Women’s College. The issue is whether to give admission to male students or not. The parents are deadly against it. The Principal (Shari), however, tries to convince the parents with support from majority of the students but in vain.

    It is in such a context that Shyam Balagopal (Prithviraj), an all-rounder in sports and studies, seeks admission for a postgraduate course at the college. He has had nine suspensions and seven police cases because of his unruly behaviour. His mother, Vanaja (Vanitha), is a lecturer at a college.

    After much persuasion, the Principal relents. Shyam soon becomes a hero on the campus. But this is not liked by a couple of students led by Ann Mathews (Roma). From the day one, she, along with her friends, Nandana (Samvritha Sunil) and Susan (Remya Nambisan), devises schemes to block his admission.

    Shyam, though reluctant initially, joins the college when his cronies Pappan (Salim Kumar) and others convince him of what he could achieve there. He is annoyed at the behaviour of Roma and her company. He even insults them publicly. But the three women are not cowed down easily. They are not submissive. They take it as a challenge. Things take a bad turn when he is forced to stand for election to the post of college union chairman.

    Roma, as the strong-willed and bold woman, is a rare sight in Malayalam movies. Prithviraj proves that he is equally good in doing humorous roles. Both of them have done a good job. Salim Kumar and Jayasurya, as a fashion designer, provides a few laughs.. The cast includes Rajan P. Dev, Lalu Alex, Bindu Panikkar and Anoop Chandran.



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