Kumar Nagendra’s Gundello Godari (2013) Movie Review


Star Cast: Aadhi, Lakshmi Manchu, JSundeep Kishan, Ravi Babu, Suja Varunee
Director: Kumar Nagendra
Producer: Lakshmi Manchu
Music: Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography:  M.R.Palanikumaar
Watched at Prasads, Hyderabad.
Let me take this opportunity to wish all my friends and female readers a Happy Women’s Day.

Manchu Lakshmi already proved her mettle with the characters like a witch in Anaganaga O Dheerudu, Oo Kodathara Vulikki Padathara. While Kadali with Maniratnam is biggest disaster, Lakshmi has been so eager and highly hopeful on Gundello Godari to give her a big break as an artist and a producer. Let’s check out the review for more details…

Gundello Godari all about a newlywed couple having differences (Lakshmi and Aadi) and meeting together in the midst of floods and understanding each other. Both narrate their lives and try to save each other in floods. Mali (Aadi) a fisherman aims to buy an own boat later get settled in life by fishing in Godari. Mali works for Sambasiva Rao, and Sarala (Taapsee) daughter of Sambasiva loves Mali for his Macho look. Later, Sarala takes advantage of a situation pulls Mali on to her bed for delight. On the other hand, Chitra (Manchu Lakshmi) has three persons in her life. Dorababu (Ravi babu) and Doctor (Prithvi) try to engage in sex with Chitra. While, Suri Babu loves her dies in an unfortunate accident. How Mali & Chitra understand each other in his journey and thus develop a strong desire to love forms the rest of the story line.

There were strong statements from the director saying No Telugu Actor was willing to do the roles of Aadi & Lakshmi Manchu so we fixed with the best options we had. Both Manchu Lakshmi & Aadi are good as the lead couple. Taapsee comes up with a decent performance and oozes natural oomph though her interval episode. Sundeep Kishan dons a refreshing role in this film. He is fine. Suja sizzled in the item track ah veedi bullodu ee veediki vachadu.  Murali Mohan, Ravi Babu are supportive in their small roles.
The story of Gundello Godari is based on four lives during the 1986 floods in Godavari districts. Kumar Nagendra’s (Krishna Vamsi’s assistant)  heavily relies on traditional narration and it’s very slow. There is no compactness in the film as director has taken his own time to establish things and where he fails to sustain viewer’s interest in the latter part of the second half where the crux of the movie lies. However there are some situations in the film that should be appreciated.

Kumar Nagendra could have made a good film if he had worked out a good script eliminating all the lengthy, preachy sequences. Lakshmi Manchu needs to be appreciated for buying the rights of the copy unlike some other film makers who free make these days.

Cinematography by M.R.Palanikumaar is topnotch. Esp. the village locations and the flood shots were captured well. Music director Ilayaraja has given his mark of classy songs with folk element and the background score is appreciable. Dialogues are adequate. Visual effects of Floods are promising.

Gundello Godari has some worthy moments here and there, but spending 131 minutes searching for them is perhaps far from exciting. Wait for its Home Edition.

Survi Review: 2/5


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