Lead Pair Make Rom-Com Shine
‘UA’ – 2 hrs 28 mins
What Is the Film About?
Vijay Govind (Vijay Deverakonda) loves Geetha (Rashmika Mandanna) at first sight. They meet again on a journey where an unfortunate incident occurs. Geetha wows to take revenge. How Geetha and Govind get together after that incident is what the film is all about?
How Is Vijay Deverakonda’s Performance?
Vijay Deverakonda is terrific in the movie. What is exciting to note here is that character is fresh and doesn’t carry over from the previous films. The body language here is a different one. It might even be negative to a few, the way he has been shown as an ordinary and weak guy. But, no matter how his character is designed, Vijay Deverakonda exudes a screen presence that puts all the focus on him.
Of course, whenever the “heroic” moments arrive, Vijay Deverakonda delivers with the right attitude. Towards the end, there is a glimpse of the emotional side as well. It hasn’t been utilised fully here, but only sporadically which is enough. Geetha Govindam is a worthwhile attempt for Vijay Deverakonda which should help him add another dimension in acting.
Direction by Parasuram?
Director Parasuram has been in the industry for a very long time. He hasn’t got a real blockbuster success despite doing so many films. Interestingly and probably frustratingly for the director, his comedy is well appreciated and bears a unique stamp, and yet the movies never delivered as a whole.
The only exceptions to the predicament mentioned above are Solo and Srirastu Shubamastu. We can now safely add Geetha Govindam to the list. The problem here is that it finds a place at the third spot and not at the top. More about that later, though.
The biggest positive of the movie is the well-rounded script where all emotions and plots come full circle. The payoffs have been neatly planned, even though there is a drag. The lead pair chemistry and comedy help cover the lags that arrive from time to time. The pre-climax and climax have worked out well carrying the emotion and leaving a satisfied feeling, in the end.
Coming back to the problem, mentioned earlier, the story is wafer thin. After a point in the second half, one gets a feeling that it is stretched beyond the limit. The issue here is that the narrative feels heavy. That wouldn’t be a problem with strong content, but that is not the case here. The director has avoided his usual artists and brought in a newer set. And the effort to blend the comedy into the narrative dilutes the natural force and energy observed in Parasuram movies. It is a welcome change, though, irrespective of the outcome. Add the decent but cliched writing, there is an unnecessary heaviness in the proceedings. Within the film itself, we can feel the difference when the Vennela Kishore track starts, that is the director’s regular style, and it has that energy. It is the reason why the movie feels coming back on track with his entry even though everything that follows is routine as well.
Overall, Geetha Govindam is a decent, and fun to watch once. If one has come with expectations very high or if they are followers of the director’s previous work, the movie is surely not going to be up to the mark entirely.
Rashmika Mandanna and Others?
Rashmika Mandanna is an actress that lights up the screens whenever she arrives. Together with Vijay Deverakonda, there is excellent chemistry on display, and that is the biggest plus point of the movie. Apart from the lead pair, Subbaraju gets a meaty role. He is fine. Nagababu playing his usual elderly character is adequate. Ramakrishna plays the sidekick friend always in frustration well. Vennela Kishore is hilarious in a brief part. Nithya Menen helps with her presence.
Music and Other Departments?
Music by Gopi Sundar is a chartbuster. One of the singles in the album is the biggest reason for such craze on the movie. The songs have been used well in the narrative without coming across as speed breakers. The cinematography is lovely. Editing could have been better, for a crisp narrative. The writing on spot for the most part but gets highly melodramatic in cliched sense at crucial times.
Lead Pair Chemistry
Situational Comedy Attempt
Pre-climax and Climax
Parts Of The Second Half
A shorter and crisp narration with better and fresh writing.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes in parts
Will You Recommend It?
Geetha Govindham Review by Siddartha
Geetha Govindam is a decent one time watch due to the scintillating chemistry of the lead pair Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna. Weak story and lack of real action drag the narrative down in parts. Visit back for our frank review shortly.
– Geetha Govindam ends with the leaked lip-lock scene that went viral but in the movie it has only a very brief portion of it.
– Govind settles all his issues with Geetha and gets married.
– Finally, Geetha comes to know the truth and changes her opinion on Vijay.
– Naga Babu who plays Govind’s father has a limited role. His dubbing voice sounds bit strange whenever he appears.
– Geetha’s brother Subbaraju still hunting for the guy who misbehaved with his sister in the Bus.
– Geetha Govindam second half started. “What the Life” song sung by Vijay Deverakonda is a mixed bag on screen too.
The first half of Geetha Govindam is a fun-filled journey with a decent interval block. Vijay Deverakonda tries a different body language and shines, and Rashmika is fabulous. Their scenes together are the mainstay of the film. The real test lies in the second half to see where Geetha Govindam is headed.
– Govind’s struggle with Geetha continues. He bears all the misunderstanding and the torture from Geetha. But for the first time he loses cool and yells at her. Interval.
– Govind’s idea fails big time and makes a very wrong impression on Geetha. Much to his shock Govind’s sister is getting married to Geetha’s brother Subbaraju. Geetha saves him from the trouble but very angry with him. She thinks he is a womanizer.
– The comedy in the bus between Govind and Geetha is simple but worked out well.
– Vijay Govind falls in love with Geetha (Rashmika Mandanna), trying to impress her.
– A very simple intro for Govindam (Vijay Deverakonda), he started sharing his flash back to Nitya Menen.
– Geetha Govindam show started. Title cards have special thanks to Nithya Menen and Anu Emmanuel .
Geetha Govindam US premier live updates will begin at 3.30 am IST (6pm EST).
Preview: Geetha Govindam
There is no second thought in accepting that Vijay Deverakonda’s ‘Geetha Govindam‘ is carrying an excellent buzz and witnessing the way movie has been progressing before release, we are expecting it to be a super hit movie.
The film started garnering positive publicity when the makers released ‘Inkem Inkem Inkem Kavali’ song and it became a blockbuster hit online and among the common public. Adding to this publicity, the pre-release promotional stuff had created enough intrigue to bank on the craze Vijay Deverakonda enjoys among the youth.
After the blockbuster ‘Arjun Reddy’, Vijay Deverakonda did a lengthy cameo role in ‘Mahanati’ which turned out to be a blockbuster. Now, the young hero is coming with a full-fledged film ‘Geetha Govindam’ giving the indications that everything is falling into place for this lucky guy.
The pre-release buzz in the US circles is also decent and hence, one can expect good numbers coming from the US, as well. The music director did his bit with a super hit ‘Inkem Inkem’ and the rest hummable tunes.
The heroine of the movie, Rashmika Mandanna has carried herself with great charm right from the promotions kick-started and young audiences are waiting to see this charming and simple girl, once again on the big screen.
Now, it’s up to the director, Parasuram to deliver by making using of the advantage the movie enjoys. A right film at this time will surely do wonders to not only the leading pair but also the director. Let’s see if the movie lives up to the expectations and Vijay Deverakonda records another super hit movie to his credit.
Keep watching this space for our genuine ‘Geetha Govindam’ review, folks. We’ll be back soon with a comprehensive review.
Geetha Govindam US premier gross $397,346.