Gopi Gopika Godavari Movie Review
A Vamsi-mark love story on the banks of Godavari
Kamalini Mukherjee made her debut through ‘Anand’ from Sekhar Kammula. Though had a glamorous face and physique, she failed to get adequate break after her debut film. Venu Thottempudi also played hero in many films but none of them prove on par with ‘Swayamvaram’, his debut. For the first time, these two played together for Vamsi, who is known for bringing out comedy flicks and screen marvels like, ‘Sitara, Anveshana, Manchu Pallaki, Ladies’ Tailor, and Avunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru’. However this director too is facing a bad time with almost all his films like ‘Donga Ramudu and Party, Koncham Touchlo Vunte Chebutanu and Anumanaspadam’ proving duds at Box Office. He maintained a very low profile these days and kept his film and himself away from publicity during the shooting. GGG is a Vamsi-mark love story that runs in the backdrop of River Godavari.
The director chooses to prove that generation of love between two hearts need not be by seeing each other and it is not like the so-called attraction between a male and female. Just by listening to the other person, one could estimate the nature, kindness and greatness of the other person and gets fascinated towards him. In case, they happen to meet each other, their hearts should have the same feel, and help each other with the same love, though they don’t know that it is the same person whom they loved. This is the basic plot of the film brought out by Vamsi.
Gopika (Kamalini) is a doctor by profession and she works for a NGO, which runs a floating hospital on river Godavari to cater to the needs of poor people living on the coastline of the river.
Gopika happens to meet Gopi (Venu) through her voice over phone. However, she learns that Gopi picked it up as her friend forgot it an STD booth. Gopika pleads with Gopi to return the phone to her friend by giving the address. Soon, she gets a call from Gopi again saying that her friend committed suicide as her lover chided her for losing the cell phone. Later, that victim’s father comes to Gopika and explains how he helped him and his family to complete all the formalities and funeral. Realising that Gopi is very good at heart, Gopika be friends with him and they both exchange gifts and pleasantries. Their friendship grows through phone talk and turns love.
However, Gopika’s mother (Jayalalitha) wants to marry her to Dr Shyam (Kalyan). But Gopika makes it clear that she was in love with Gopi and wants to marry him. At her instance, Gopika invites Gopi to her place to meet her mother. While coming to Gopika’s house, some goons attack Gopi and thrash him severely. As a result, Gopi loses his memory.
Gopika treats him after finding him on the banks of Godavari. But she could not recognise him as she did never meet him. As Gopi lost his memory, Gopika names him as Prabhu and decides to stay with them till she regains his lost memory. Did Gopi regain his memory? Did Gopika realise that Prabhu is none other than Gopi? What happened to Shyam? Did Gopika marries Shyam on the advice of her mother as Gopi did not meet her? What happened to the love between Gopi and Gopika? Answer to all these questions form part of the climax.
Though played the title role of Gopika, Kamalini has not much scope to her acting capabilities. Most of the time, she was seen talking over cell phone and beyond this there is no activity. Though the director introduces her as the doctor, she appears a few minutes in that role and the boasting
of her service-oriented nature did not reflect in the character. Venu Thottempudi played the other title role of Gopi. He tried to do justice to his role. However, the lengthy dialogues given to his character led to the audiences feel uncomfortable whenever he appears on the screen that he is going to play some ‘Sutti’ (causing boredom) on them. Geetanjali, Jayalalitha, Pradeep Shakti, Pilla Prasad and Jeeva did justice to their roles and they are at their usual best. Krishna Bhagawan, Kondavalasa and Sana tried to tickle the funny bones, but Krishna Bhagawan’s role again turned out to be boring with unmeaningful jokes and dialogues.
Cinematography by Loki B Goud is an asset for the film. Especially the mixing scenes while talking over phone between the hero and heroine were good to watch on the screen. Editing by Baswa Paidireddy was also adequate. However, he should have cut short the scenes involving Krishna Bhagawan drastically. Music by Chakri is average and most of the songs had no novel tunes but reminded the old songs of Vamsi’s films. Dialogues by Padala Siva Subrahmanyam are good in parts and the present generation audiences are not in a mood to listen to such lengthy dialogues especially, on love and marriage. On the other hand, the director’s experience is distinctly visible on the screen. The movement of the story with lots of twists and turns is good to watch and it is Vamsi and Vamsi alone could do justice to such twists and turns. He made the audiences sit on the edge of the seat and bite their nails for several scenes. He proved many of the audiences expectations wrong on many occasions.
It is quite surprising that a director like Vamsi, who generally runs the story of a film by involving not less than 5 characters every time on the screen, made several mistakes by improper establishment of lead characters, ignoring the comedy characters without giving a proper end and using cheap comedy by involving children. Those who go to a theatre to watch a Vamsi’s film would be happy. Those who go to watch it for entertainment also feel good to a certain extent. However, the lengthy dialogues, same old locations, similar sets all through the film would result in boredom to the audiences. As a whole, the film could be watched once because it is from a good director like Vamsi. However, it may not help either Kamalini or Venu to get a break in films.
Cast: Venu Thottempudi, Kamalini Mukherjee, Pradeep Shakti, Krishna Bhagawan, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Jeeva, Kalyan, Pilla Prasad, Jayalalitha, Geetanjali, Sana, and others
Dialogues – Padala Siva Subrahmanyam, Music – Chakri, Lyrics – Ramajogaiah Sastry, Cinematography – Loki B Goud, Editing – Baswa Paidireddy, Presents – Anandi Arts, Producer – Valluripalli Ramesh , Screenplay and direction – Vamsi.
Banner: Maharshi Cinema
Released on: July 10, 2009
2.25 out of 5
Review by Aparichithudu