Movie:Gundello Godari(గుండెల్లో గోదారి)
Cast :Aadhi, Lakshmi Manchu, Sundeep Kishan, Taapsee Pannu
Banner:Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra
Directors : Kumar Nagendra Producer : Lakshmi Manchu
Editing : Nagi Reddy
Release Date: 9th Dec
Gundello Godari’ film is based on four lives during the 1986 floods in Godavari districts. Complete schedule of shooting for this movie is finished few days back and an eco-friendly set is erected with 120 huts and houses in 27 acres of land especially for this flick. This movie has star cast of Aadhi, Taapsee Pannu, Lakshmi Manchu & Sundeep Kishan as the leads. Kumar Nagendra is directing this movie and cinematography is taken care by M.R.Palanikumaar, music by Ilaiyaraaja.
The film is set against the backdrop of 1986 Godavari floods. Many had lost their homes and livelihoods in that awful incident and the movie depicts destruction and pain caused by this natural disaster. It revolves around two love stories, which show how the lives of four people had changed with the tragedy.Malli (Aadhi) and Chitra (Lakshmi Manchu).
Floods hits Andhra Pradesh and other states badly in the year 1986. Malli and Chitra gets stuck in Godavari and this newly wed couple reveal their past to each other. Hows does Malli and Chitra respond after knowing about each other? Does the floods carry away the newly wed couple? All these forms the rest of the story.
Aadi has delivered a superb performance, and his makeup and costumes are also wonderful. He emotes well in sentimental and action sequences.
Sundeep Kishan has almost equal scope for his role in Gundello Godari and he appears in the second half. He has done a wonderful acting. He impresses you in romantic sequences.
Lakshmi Manchu, who is the producer of Gundello Godari, has got good scope in the film and she has given a fitting performance to her role – village girl. Her chemistry with Sundeep is a treat to watch on screen.
Tapsee Pannu has also played a village girl in Gundello Godari. She has more scope in the first half and she looks good in lehanga choli. Her chemistry with Aadi is also good.
Others like Murali Mohan, Annapurna, Jeeva, Ravi Babu, Praveen and Dhan Raj have done justice to their respective roles. Mumaith Khan is sure to rock you with her item dance.
Ilayaraja’s music is the main highlight in the technical front. All his compositions are soothing and melodious and surely add to the narration of the story. His background helps the director to elevate the intensity and emotional sequences.Cinematography by Palani Kumar is another attraction in the movie he has done brilliant work in flood and romantic scenes.
Gundello Godari has huge amount CGI work, which is also a highlight. Especially, the visual in the climax sequences will surely leave you spell bound. Another aspect to be commended is its art direction.Dialogues of Godavari accent are good and some of them will be a treat for the language lovers.
Aadhi’s superb performance as a fisherman
Ilayaraja Music and Background Score
MR Palanikumaar’s picturisation
Especially flood and romantic scenes
Strong Cultural Background
CGI work, which is also a highlight
Dialogues of Godavari accent are good
Emotional quotient in second half
Second half could have been written better
Gundello Godari opens with the scenes of heavy rainfall and the film soon goes into flashback mode, which reveals the love story between Aadi and Tapsee. But the first half gives little hint about the natural calamity and it throws more focus on the love story between two lead pairs. The first hour has three beautiful songs including one item number and a fight sequence. Despite not having comedy, it is quite interesting.
The second half heads to reveal the romance between Sundeep and Lakshmi in the first 30 minutes, which seems to be slow and dragging at times. Then the film shifts back to flooding scene. The climax is amazing and the camera and CGI works and background score in it are superb and it is a visual treat.
Fisherman Malli (Aadi) and Chitra (Lakshmi Manchu) are a newly wed couple. They decide to narrate the past life, when they lose hope of survival due to devastating flood. Malli reveals his ambition to buy a fishing boat and his romance with a fishing merchant’s daughter Sarala (Tapsee). Meanwhile, Chitra also reveals her love story with Suri (Sundeep Kishan). What made them break up with their loved ones? Will their confessions affect their relationship? Will they survive the flood? The answers to these questions should be seen on screen.
Final Wod: Overall, Gundello Godari is a commendable effort from Lakshmi Manchu.Wonderful attempt by Kumar Nagendra. It has superb performances by lead actors and excellent production values. This romantic entertainer will certainly live up to the expectations that it had created prior its release.Gundello Godari can be watched for its strong Telugu Centric Subject and Good Narration.