“Govindudu Andari Vaadele” (GAV) Film Review:

downloadComing together of a current generation star like Ram Charan and struggling yesteryear creative director Krishna Vamshi created new expectations on this film. As Krishna Vamshi is known to elicit good performances from all his actors, Cherry fans and Mega family fans have been particularly curious and waited for this movie. Did Charan live up to Krishna Vamshi acid test, has Krishna Vamshi succeeded in showing that he is still relevant as a director in this new generation of comic movies? Let’s see…

The story simply is about how a UK citizen – Abhiram (Ram Charan) after learning that his father has a large family in India, goes to India, enters the family as an outsider, wins the hearts of all the family members and unites his father with his estranged family.

Raghu/ Rahman plays the estranged son settled in UK. Prakash Raj plays the role of the patriarch, while Srikanth, Jayasudha, Pragati, Satya Krishnan, Kamalini Mukherjee and Kajal Aggarwal play other members of the family. Kota Srinivasa Rao, Rao Ramesh and Adarsh play roles of extended family members representing the bad guys in the film.

The film is a return of Krishna Vamshi to his familiar roots – family oriented dramas filled with actors, festivity and colour! Vamshi mark is there on every aspect of the movie. One major minus is that Vamshi’s films have always been musical hits, this film seriously lacks on that front. All most all actors shine in their roles. Prakash Raj has justified his late entry into this movie with an applaudable performance. Ram Charan looked slightly uncomfortable in the major emotional scene in the pre climax, otherwise, he has definitely matured as an actor. Shrikant did well within the limitations of his character. Jayasudha and other supporting actors too performed adequately. Kota and Rao Ramesh roles were mostly limited to dialog baazi while Adarsh, who did a role in Shekhar Kammula “Happy Days” looked quite promising in the action oriented negative role. Kajal Aggarwal looked beautiful and made her character portrayal interesting. She has also earned the distinction of being part of the very few repeats of female leads in Vamshi films! Kamalini Mukherjee was cast in a limited, ill-defined character, hence was a mere presence.

Sameer Reddy’s camera work is excellent in the film. The film is, true to Krishna Vamshi signature, a riot of colours in every frame! Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music pulls the film down as none of the songs are good enough to be remembered. Background score was better in comparison. The song picturized in Roman ruins that comes just after the interval was visually good. Art direction, editing are OK.

The first half of the film moves very fast and is quite entertaining. The second half feels somewhat sluggish at few places, but the emotions are finally well worked out. After “Seetamma Vaakitlo…” and “Attarintiki Daaredi”, this is a safe bet for family audience. Finally, this is the perfect film for a festival season, so after “Chandamama” seven years ago, Krishna Vamshi is back, and how!

Ranking: 3.25 out of 5

Medaram Jathara

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