Though Power Star's comeback to big screen as God, after nearly one and a half years, is a treat to watch, but the lack of novelty in the treatment of the film pulls it down
When I went into watch Gopala Gopala with my bag of popcorn and can of coke, I knew what was in store for me. Though the film is a remake of Akshay Kumar-Paresh Rawal starrer OMG!, I expected a few added twist and turns, at least some freshness in the dialogues. But alas, the screenplay of Kishore Kumar Pardasani has nothing new to offer. Backed by star power of Pawan Kalyan and Daggubati Venkatesh, Gopala Gopala is not all bad. Read on to find out if Power Star's comeback vehicle is worth a watch.
What's it about:
The story revolves around a businessman Gopal Rao, played by Venkatesh, an atheist who makes a living by selling idols of Gods. His wife, played by Shriya Saran, is a big devotee and never misses a chance to pray for the betterment of her family. When an earthquake destroys his shop and the insurance company refuses to compensate his loss stating that it is an 'Act of God', Gopal Rao decides to drag God to court to answer for the injustice done to him. He sends a legal notice to all the Godmen in the nation asking them to repay his losses. This ensues a raging court battle. When the henchmen of phony Godmen played by Mithun Chakraborty try to assault Gopal Rao, Lord Krishna played by Pawan Kalyan comes to his rescue. When his wife and kids abandon him, Pawan as God in man's disguise, proves to be Gopal Rao's only support. How does God help Gopal Rao win the battle against fake godmen and eradicates the superstitions in masses forms the crux of the story.
Though there is nothing novel in the plot, Gopala Gopala's satirical treatment may appeal those who have not seen OMG! The message propagated by the film is worth spreading and it has been done neatly, without getting too preachy. Performances from both the lead actors is top notch. Venkatesh, seems to have nailed his part as the questioning atheist, and seems to be carrying the same fatherly aura which he had displayed in last year's hit Drushyam. Pawan Kalyan oozes charm, leaving you in awe as God himself. With his calm demeanour and stylish avatar, Pawan Kalyan, step to step matches Akshay Kumar's portrayal in the original. The dialogues are praiseworthy as they bring out the message of the film in a fun way, without hurting anyone's sentiments.
Since it is a remake of popular Bollywood film, the comparisons are inevitable. Gopala Gopala, is a faithful remake, too faithful at times that it leaves with the feeling of 'I have seen all that already'. The lack of novelty in story telling hurts the film most, as Gopala Gopala, seems to be a scene by scene copy of OMG! Shriya Saran, a brilliant actress, is wasted in a small, inconsequential role and it makes me wonder why an actress of her caliber accept this role. The film starts to drag post interval and the length of the film seems to be punishing at times. Mithun Chakraborty fails to impress in his Tollywood debut.
What to do:
If you have seen the original, you are bound to be disappointed. But if you can keep the comparisons at the bay, and watch the film the way it is, you might find the experience rewarding. Watch the film for Pawan Kalyan's charisma and Venkatesh's acting. These stars have given their best. It is the lack of freshness in the film that pulls it down.
2.5 out of 5
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