"Charlie" is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language romantic-comedy film directed by Martin Prakkat and produced by Shebin Becker, Joju George, and Martin Prakkat under the banner Finding Cinema. The film stars Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy Thiruvothu in the lead roles, with Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu, Chemban Vinod Jose, and Kalpana in supporting roles. The film's music is composed by Gopi Sundar, while Jomon T. John handled the cinematography and Shameer Muhammed edited the film.
The film follows the journey of Tessa (Parvathy), a young graphic artist who embarks on a quest to find the mysterious and elusive Charlie (Dulquer Salmaan), a man who has made a name for himself in her community by living life on his own terms. Tessa's search for Charlie takes her on a wild ride through the streets of Kochi, as she encounters a cast of colorful characters along the way. As she gets closer to finding Charlie, Tessa begins to unravel the mystery surrounding him and discovers a side of herself that she never knew existed.
The film opens with Tessa narrating the story of her search for Charlie. She is an artist who works for a newspaper, and she becomes intrigued by the stories she hears about a young man named Charlie who is known for his free-spirited and adventurous nature. Tessa becomes determined to find Charlie and interview him for a feature story.
Tessa's search for Charlie takes her to various parts of Kochi, where she meets a host of interesting characters who have encountered him in some way. One such character is a transgender woman named Queen Mary (Kalpana), who runs a local restaurant and remembers Charlie fondly. Another is a mechanic named Mathai (Nedumudi Venu), who has a connection to Charlie that is revealed later in the film.
As Tessa continues her search, she is joined by a local thief named Sunikuttan (Chemban Vinod Jose), who agrees to help her find Charlie in exchange for her help with a personal matter. Together, they explore the city and encounter various obstacles and challenges, including a run-in with the police and a dangerous encounter with a group of thugs.
As Tessa gets closer to finding Charlie, she begins to understand the mystery and intrigue surrounding him. She learns that Charlie is not just a carefree adventurer but has a deeper purpose in life, and his actions have a profound impact on the people around him. Eventually, Tessa's search leads her to a remote village where she finally meets Charlie.
Through Tessa's journey, the film explores themes of self-discovery, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Tessa learns to let go of her own fears and insecurities and embrace the adventurous spirit that Charlie embodies. She also discovers that true love can come from unexpected places and that it is possible to find happiness by living life on one's own terms.
Dulquer Salmaan delivers a charismatic performance as Charlie, capturing the character's adventurous spirit and free-spirited nature. Parvathy Thiruvothu shines as Tessa, bringing a depth and vulnerability to her character as she embarks on her journey of self-discovery. The supporting cast, including Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu, Chemban Vinod Jose, and Kalpana, all deliver memorable performances that add to the film's charm and whimsy.
The film's cinematography by Jomon T. John captures the beauty and vibrancy of Kochi, while the music by Gopi Sundar adds to the film's emotional depth and energy. The film's editing by Shameer Mu