Krishnagaadi Veera Prema Gaadha
Directed by Hanumantha Rao Raghavapudi, Music By Vishal Chandrasekhar, Screenplay by Hanu Raghavapudi, Editor Gowtham Raju and Produced by 14 Reels Entertainment.
Cast: Nani Babu Ghanta, Mehreen Kaur Pirzada, Murali Sharma, Sampath Raj, Brahmaji, Harish, Shravan, Baby Nayana, Baby Moksha and Master SriSravan.
Censor Certificate: UA and Runtime: 148 Minutes
Krishnagaadi Veera Prema Gadha is one of the much anticipated films of this season and anticipation is mainly due to two reasons. One is that it’s a Nani’s film post Bhale Bhale Mogadivoi and second is that it’s from the director of “Andala Rakshasi”. The trailer of the film is received well by the social media and it’s a great boost for the film before its release.
“Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear”, Baruch Spinoza famously stated. Nani’s character in Hanu Raghavpudi’s Krishna Gaadi Prema Gadha might agree with this pronouncement.
Set in a small town in Hindupuram with all that true accents and local specialities (including Balakrishna Mania), the movie has Nani Babu Ghanta as Krishna, a coward happy go lucky guy who falls head over heels in love with a beautiful Mahalakshmi (Mehreen). Hailing from a wealthy and faction family, Mahalakshmi is in effect at the other end of the lifestyles that Krishna owns, who with his thoughts are at impossible odds for a love and happy life with Mahalakshmi. But the surprise comes in the form of no big conflicts, but with the factionist family of Mahalakshmi. On the other side, world famous Don David returns to Hyderabad to full fill her mother’s final wish. But things turn around as ACP Srikanth’s (Sampath Kumar) kids get kidnapped from Ramaraju’s house. The movie loses its intensity as it progresses and ends up as a decent Rayalseema based love story.
The acting efforts of the leading cast have to be lauded indeed, and it’s Nani Babu Ghanta who remarkably deals with the multilayered emotions that make Krishna an enormously interesting and funny character. He shows a remarkable flexibility. Mehreen Kaur Pirzada is quite convincing as Mahalakshmi and she is good with her histrionics. Satyam Rajesh, Brahmaji, Prabhas Seenu and Prudhvi increase the entertainment quotient in the film and bring the roof down in some sequences. Similarly Murali Sharma trying to impress Prudhvi for a phone call in his broken Telugu tickle the funny bones. Harish Uttaman and Ravi Kale did their best in their limited roles. Sampath Kumar is neat as a powerful ACP Srikanth. The child actors Baby Naina, Moksha and Sri Pratham have performed well, especially sequences between Naina & Jessie are adorable.
The story of Krishnagaadi Veera Prema Gadha is simple and it starts on a promising note. Introducing decent characterizations of the lead pair, simplistic narration and the funny twists and turns. But as the drama starts to unfold the grip starts to loosening up. Movie a sort of inspired from various Telugu commercial hits relies too heavily on an age old theme. Though the basic idea is interesting, the execution lacks the grip to keep you enthralled by the end. The fault lies in the way the writer and director presented the story in the second half. And in the second half full of twists does not register as characterizations of the supporting cast in the film is weak. Plus the film though only 2 hour 28 minutes drags a lot in the second half.
From the script point of view, the story ends soon after the interval, when Nani meets Mahalakshmi at a marriage event. Thereafter the drama is stretched without any valid reason, making it a tedious exercise. The director has relied too heavily on clinched points to move the story forward. Predictability is what bogs the film down to a major extent. However, the saving grace is the timely punchlines and comedy by Rajesh, Bhramaji, Naina-Jessie and Prabhas Seenu, which keeps the viewers entertained. The writer-director even left the major points aside, Like No one cares about Mehreen post a serious attack on Rajanna’s home; Even though Ramaraju and Mehreen are related; Also Srikanth never really cares about Mehreen (In Kidnap and especially Telephone booth shoot out); Mehreen doesn’t really care much about the Kids being with Nani and they even don’t care about the kids when someone tries to kidnap them from a marriage event…. etc. The script in the second half is below average and barring the climax, which is middlingly executed.
Director Hanu Raghavpudi done a decent job in the first half, but fails to maintain the tempo in the second. Music by Vishal Chandrasekhar is alright, although the impact is diluted thanks to too many songs in the second half. “Nuvvante Naa Navvu” is the best among all the tracks be it situation wise or execution wise and the Background is largely inspired from the Anirudh Ravichandran’s tunes from Kaththi, 3 and Thuppakki. Cinematographer Yuvraj has done a decent job. Stunt master Vijay deserve a special mention. Dialogues are well penned at places. Editing of the film is passable and the second half needs some trimming. Production values of 14 Reels Entertainment are alright.
Krishnagaadi Veera Prema Gadha is just a traditional formula type rom-com, which can be enjoyed by those, who love to watch such subjects especially, “How a coward handles his love and find his mojo by the end”. Isn’t that an outdated subject now? Anyways, there is nothing wrong in presenting a typical storyline, when director has created an interesting premise for the film. However it falls short of becoming a really good film post interval. It will make you smile nevertheless at the inane situations, but fails to crack you up. All in all, KVPG is a decent romantic drama told with some fine comedy and performances that’s without a doubt. A decent Valentine’s Day Watch.
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