Gopi Gopika Godavari - Movie promised too much and delivered too little
Release date: 10 July 2009
123Telugu.com Rating: 2/5
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Director : Vamsi
Music Director : Chakri
Producer : Valluripally Ramesh
Starring : Venu, Kamalini Mukherjee, Pradeep Shakti, Jeeva, Jayalalitha, Kondavalasa, Krishna Bhagawan...
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Bad news travels fast. On the very first day the theatre was barely full for a 7.45 pm show. By the time the movie ended, the audience were left wondering as to what hit them. Vamsi’s movie promised too much and delivered too little , or well delivered nothing, really!

What is it about : The story (if it can be called one) is about Gopika (Kamalini Mukherjee) and Gopi (Venu). Gopika, is a doctor who runs a mobile clinic on a boat in the river Godavari . At the beginning of the movie her character is introduced as someone with strong professional commitments of serving the poor, who is even willing to postpone her marriage for that cause. And then life for Gopika takes an unexpected twist when her friend in Hyderabad commits suicide. A distraught Gopika finds solace in a phone friendship with Gopi, a singer. Vamsi starts the confusion here. His story doesn’t let them meet in person! And when they meet, one of them suffers from amnesia. So we have Gopi landing up in Gopika’s clinic in an accident that leads to his memory loss. The rest of the story is about how Gopi and Gopika realize that they indeed love each other and live happily ever after.

What is Good: The only saving grace in this movie is Chakri’s music especially in the songs “Nuvvakkaduntae” and “Go Go Rye Rye” . Krishna Bhagwan’s (black) comedy is a relief in an absolutely lifeless second half. I am serious here, dear reader. Nothing else in this movie can remotely be classified as good!

What is bad: A whole lot of things are bad. Kamalini Mukherjee never looked so pathetic in front of the camera. Sans make up and under heavy “foundation” to induce a natural deglamorized look, Vamsi has messed her screen presence completely. He did not spare Venu either. Stereotyped dialogues and ham handed scripting meant that Venu was not given any serious shot at comedy. And once an artiste like Venu is deprived of comedy, you basically have deprived his character of any oxygen. And the result showed in his performance, his worst by far. Konda Valasa’s comedy is totally devoid of any taste and harasses your senses. The commentary on forwarded SMS jokes is way too stale to interest today’s audiences. All this is compounded by a totally listless second half which has an overdose of melodrama. This perhaps is the first film where even the beauty of the scenic Godavari is ruined by over use of the “night effect” mode. But by far the worst culprits in this mess-of-a-movie are story and direction. Honestly how anyone could come up with such a ham-handed effort is beyond comprehension.

Me Thinks: Give this movie a miss. It is not even worth the ticket money.

Tailpiece: Tollywood began the year with a high and in the mid way mark it has touched an abysmal low with this movie

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