Govindudu Andarivadele: Cast: Ram Charan, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj and Jayasudha; Direction: Krishna Vamsi; Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja; Rating:***
Telugu film “Govindudu Andarivadele” starring Ram Charan and Kajal is an old-fashioned story about a grandson bringing estranged father and grand father together, more on the lines of Pawan Kalyan’s “Attarintiki Daredi” with few changes. Released today, Oct. 1, 2014 in more than 1,000 theatres, the film is expected to be a weekend family driven film set to rake in more box office collections than brickbats.
More than the plot, it was the ritualistic traits of an NRI and the female lead besides village-centric family ties and enmity, which keep the film not boring enough but it was well on the lines of hundreds of such films which are making their way replacing the action-thrillers.
The grandfather role played by Prakash Raj as a village patriarch who builds a hospital for the village hoping his doctor son would oversee but finds it hard to see the son prefer to go to the US instead. He snaps ties with his son and his grandson comes incognito to the village like the same role played by his uncle Pawan Kalyan in “Attarintiki Daredi”.
Director Krishna Vamsi brings in all the NRI traits in the film when an American-born Indian visits India and makes his journey from the airport to a village. Next comes his entry into the village, meeting his relatives without revealing his identity and then finding the female lead in an interesting situation — all making the film repetitive but not boring enough to escape from the theatre. Prakash Raj’s estranged elder brother Kota Srinivasa Rao and his sons too keep an eagle eye on wresting the village stronghold and their villanous roles fill the gap and help the hero win over the family patronage.
Ironic but every scene resembles similar scene seen in the past in some movie or the other. Telugu films starting from “Seetha Ramaiah Gari Manvaralu”, “Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu”, “Attarintiki Daredi” or Hindi film “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” or even in Tamil Kamal Haasan’s “Thevar Magan”. Krishna Vamsi tried to copy scenes from more than one film to make it a mixture of the best together.
The timing of the release of the film coinciding the long weekend of four holidays together comes as a booster to the film’s box office performance. Released just a day before October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary is also another reason to drive the families to the theatres and no other film but “Govindudu Andari Vadele” stands out in the crowd. But for Ram Charan Teja’s fans, it would be a great disappointment. It remains to be seen whether film will gross even half of what “Attarintiki Daredi” did last year despite its leak online before the release.