Verdict: Vijay and Rashmika impress in this romantic entertainer.
One can notice a perceptible change in the taste of Telugu movie viewers. The routine, formulaic and template-driven movies are outrightly being rejected and the ones with novel narrations and characterizations are being lapped up by the audience. Movies like Baahubali, Pelli Choopulu, Arjun Reddy, Rangasthalam, Fidaa, Mahanati, RX100, and Goodachari are a testimonial to the fact that new-age cinema is the order of the day for current Telugu movie-goers. From the pre-release teasers and trailers, Geetha Govindam clearly seems to join the elite list and is generating a mammoth buzz in trade circles. The Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna-starrer is produced by the prestigious banner house, Geetha Arts, and directed by Parasuram.
What’s Geetha Govindam About:
Vijay Govind (Vijay Devarakonda) is an innocent and well-mannered bachelor and a lecturer by profession. He falls head over heels in love with Geetha(Rashmika Mandanna), a software professional. A small rift erupts between them while they travel together by bus from Hyderabad to their hometown in Kakinada. Geetha misunderstands Vijay to be a womanizer and decides to teach him a lesson by complaining to his brother, Phanindra (Subbaraju), who is a policeman. However, a twist in the tale results in Geetha not revealing Govind’s identity. How she comes to realize his true character forms the rest of the story.
Vijay Devarakonda, who has earned the ‘angry young man’ image with Arjun Reddy plays an entirely contrasting role with ease and perfection in Geetha Govindam. Rashmika Mandanna pulls off her character with élan. The chemistry between the lead pair makes Geetha Govindam more than just a cute love story. Rahul Ramakrishna excels with his comedy timing in the role of Vijay’s friend. Both Vijay and Rahul share the same comedic chemistry as they did in Arjun Reddy. Subbaraju is fantastic as Geetha’s brother and Vennela Kishore is excellent in the extended cameo.
Parasuram excels in writing as compared to his direction. He makes sure that the film is entertaining throughout and gets the best out of his cast and crew. Gopi Sundar’s music, as always, touches the right chords among the audience and the song ‘Inkem Inkem Inkem Kavale‘ is likely to remain as an evergreen classic. The editing by Martand K Venkatesh is crisp and neat.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The cinematography of the movie leaves much to hope for. Even the production value could have been better as Geetha Arts have set a high standard for themselves in the industry.
Why You Should Watch:
A well-crafted tale of love, Geetha Govindam sails through like a winner and is definitely recommended for those who like romantic love stories with subtle moments. You will laugh, love and travel with the characters of Geetha and Govindam.