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“Gunturodu” Movie Review

Updated | March 2, 2017 21:55 IST

Name: Gunturodu (Love Lo Paddadu)
Genre: Romance, Action
Production: Claps and Whistles Entertainments
Starring: Manchu Manoj, Pragya Jaiswal, Rajendra Prasad, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Sampath, Rao Ramesh, Pruthvi and others.
Music: DJ Vasanth
Cinematography: Siddharth Ramaswamy
Editing: Karthika Srinivas
Producer: Sri Varun Atluri
Story,Screenplay,Dialogues & Direction: S.K. Sathya
Release date: 03-03-2017
Rating: 2.5 / 5

So far, Rocking Star Manchu Manoj, has played the roles of many characters in many films. He returns to us in the form of a full-fledged mass hero in his new film ‘Gunturodu’. He has expressed his interest in taking up the roles of characters other than the protagonist, even the role of a villain. He decided to pair up with the new director SK Satya to make this new commercial film with a Guntur city backdrop. There aren’t many films in the industry with a Guntur backdrop. When the audiences heard that Manchu Manoj was starring in the film, there were huge expectations for this film to be of the ‘mass’ genre. Now let’s look at the movie

Story: To put it simply, this is a film which is characterised by love and action. The protagonist, Khanna (Manchu Manoj), is a motherless child raised by his father, Surya Narayano Rao (Rajendra Prasad), with much affection. He grows up to be a carefree and a somewhat ruthless personality who does whatever he likes, whenever he likes it. To put an end to this and teach him how to handle responsibilities, his father decides to get him married. But when he goes to see the bride, he immediately falls in love with the bride’s friend, Amrutha (Pragya Jaiswal), and decides to go to any lengths to win her heart. There is an egoistic criminal lawyer, named Sheshu (Sampath), in the city who uses false crimes to put his enemies in trouble. He tries to enter politics with the help of a retired, MLA Koteswar Rao (Kota Srinivas Rao). Khanna and Sheshu get off on the wrong hand and Sheshu does everything within his power to trouble Khanna. Sheshu finds out about Khannas love for Amrutha and arranges for her to be married to the son of a minister. How will Khanna win the fight against Sheshu? Will he be able to win Amruthas heart? This story revolves around these questions.

Analysis: The movie contains the routine elements of love, songs and fights. But whats new is that Manchu Manoj appeals to us in a complete in-and-out mass character. The film has a story that runs smoothly and with tension-free screenplay. It doesn’t show any difference from other movies with similar concepts. The hero’s childhood character in the movie is not very well established. The different shades and egoistic nature of the villains character is very well portrayed. The role of Rajendra Prasad is not properly established. He displays emotions very well and there should have been more scenes between him and Manchu Manoj. The chemistry between the hero and the villain starts out to be interesting in the beginning of the film. But it ends out poorly as the film goes on. The general conversations and dialogues in the film showed nothing new. The film failed to impress.

Except for the marriage fixing (pellichupulu) scene, the love and conversation scenes in the movie were not impressive. The movie seemed to have a lot mid-shots and close-shots, not many long-shots. The creators didn’t select many different locations to showcase the beauty of Guntur city. Two songs, and the fight sequences are a plus point to the film. The background score was nothing special. The cinematography by Siddharth Ramaswamy was acceptable. The movie showed fine production values. The editing by Karthika Srinivas was good and DJ Vasanth provided the film with some decent tunes.

Actor Performances:
The protagonist Manchu Manoj put up an energtic performance. The fight sequences were sharp and he showed great body language. The heroin Pragya Jaiswal was applaudable for her role. She brought beauty to the songs and glamour to her scenes. The role of Rajendra Prasad was shaped in a way that showed no consistency. But he performed well
nevertheless. Rao Ramesh and Kota Srinivas Rao justified their roles even though their characters were poorly written. The villains portrayal of egoistic nature and different shades of anger was fantastic. Sampaths acting was brilliant in this movie. The comedy acts of Sathya, Praveen and Pruthvi were good, but not great.

Plus Points:
Characters of the hero and the villain.
Exceptional acing by the cast.
Entertainer in the mass genre.

Negative Points:
Routine Story.
Routine Screenplay.

Final Verdict: A routine commercial film from the mass genre.