Krishna Vamsi's family entertainer is pleasing to the eyes, but lacks novelty in story and treatment
What's it about:
Mega Power Star Ram Charan’s Govindudu Andarivadele is a story about efforts taken by a NRI in uniting his father with his estranged grandfather. The film kicks off as Abhiram, played by Ram Charan Teja, flies to India in an attempt to end the cold war between his father and grandfather. Prakash Raj plays the stern patriarch, Balraju, who takes care of the welfare of a small village. With the dearth of medical facilities around his village, Balraju makes his son a doctor and builds a hospital for the poor. But the prodigal son refuses to work in the hospital and dreams to settle down in US. This leads to altercations between father and son, severing ties between the two. Abhiram enters Balraju's household and slowly wins over the hearts of the family members. He also falls in love with his aunt's daughter Satya. How does the Abhiram melts the heart of Balraju and reunites his father and grand dad forms the rest of the story.
GAV boasts rich production values and colourful frames, making the village setting look beautiful as well as authentic. The cinematography by Sameer Reddy is top notch and praiseworthy. As far as the performances are concerned, Prakash Raj rises above all the actors, giving an incredibly nuanced performance as an angry old man who believes in his values and principles. This may not be Ram Charan's best performance onscreen, but it is evident that the actor has put in lot of effort to get his part right. Kajal Aggarwal sets the temperatures soaring in sexy avatar and fits the bill perfectly as a glam doll. Srikanth, Kamalinee Mukherjee and Jayasudha do justice to their respective roles. Krishna Vamsi's able direction gives some strength to the film, which is mounted on an ordinary screenplay.
The film's biggest villain other than cliched plot is the lack of menacing villains to add more spice to the age old story. As far as the screenplay is concerned, it has nothing new to offer as it borrows a lot from previously well made family dramas. The film has a lot of characters but alas most of them come across as mere caricatures. While most Telugu films nowadays have hilarious comedy tracks, GAV lacks in the comedy front too. Ram Charan Teja's lack of convincing expressions, leaves a lot to be desired. And as usual, heroine's get poorly written roles and have nothing much to do other than lending to the hotness factor.
What to do?
Govindudu Andarivadele is an earnest attempt to dish out a clean family entertainer. But alas it's cliche ridden plot pulls it down. Catch it in theatres this weekend if you have nothing better to do.
2.5 out of 5
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