Gundello Godari – Movie Review

Stars:Aadi Pinisetti, Sandeep Krishna, Manchu Lakshmi and Tapasee Pannu

Music: Ilayaraja, Producer: Lakshmi Manchu

Malli (Adi Pinisetti) and Chitra (Lakshmi Manchu) are just married couple who are devastated with floods. As they float and fight for survival, they tell each other about their love-past. Malli is a hardworking fisherman whose goal in life is to own a fishing boat. But his ambition is disturbed by Sarala (Tapsee) the daughter of his boat owner. Chitra (Lakshmi Manchu) and Suri (Sundeep Kishan) are brought up together and they like each other. While Chitra loves Suri selflessly, Suri sets his eyes on winning cock fights (kodi pandaalu). The rest of the story is all about how Malli and Chitra survive during floods and how their bond becomes much stronger in a few hours after the marriage.

Adi Pinisetti is raw and fabulous with his spotless portrayal of a fisherman character. His experience in Tamil films has come in handy in portraying raw emotions and he has maintained rustic look throughout. Lakshmi Manchu is good a girl who is in an emotional turmoil. There will be a lot of sympathy to this character. Sundeep Kishan suited the role very well and his dialect is good. Tapsee is the eye candy of the film with sensuous look and lusty characterization. She looks really good in sarees. Ravi Babu has a brief and effective role. Jeeva, Annapurna and Pruthvi did well. Mumaith Khan has sizzled in an item song

he basic arch of the story is good and story of boy and girl are shown in the flashbacks. The flashback of Aadi – Tapsee is more entertaining as there is lusty love angle involved in it. The love story of Sundeep – Lakshmi is realistic. The emotions should have been more effectively done in the second half. The director has shown the ability to drive the narration effectively in the first half without using routine commercial elements. The director has done a lot of homework to bring in moments and lifestyle of 1980’s in this movie.

Ilayaraja’s music was one of the best things that happened to South Indian cinema

Analysis:        Gundello Godari works in parts. There are some good scenes that would give a nice feel to the audiences. But there are too many ups and downs in the narration. The two stories aren’t properly weaved around the floods backdrop. The narration gets flat and dull in the second half. Director has tried tad too much to work out sentiment with Lakshmi’s character. But the characters are not developed properly and scenes aren’t conceived properly. That didn’t work in favor of the film.


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