Outdated Boxing Drama
Drama , Sports • UA
What Is the Film About?
Ghani (Varun Tej) is a son of a stained boxer. His father is caught cheating using drugs and substances while boxing. He is branded as a cheater. The movie’s basic plot is how Ghani absolves his father’s name and achieves his goal (a dream of his father) to win the boxing tournament.
Ghani’s mother (Nadhiya) not letting him take up boxing forms the subplot. How Ghani moves his focus toward boxing, hiding it from his mother and what’s her reaction eventually comprises the overall movie.
The performance of Varun Tej in Ghani’s role needs to be seen via two lenses. One is that of physicality, and the other is acting. The effort is visible when it comes to the former, and it works as intended during the training montage song and the climax fight block. He appears well built and imposing, which adds to the screen presence.
However, when it comes to acting, Varun Tej is alright. He looks normal (as in seen in any other film) for the most part. He goes about the proceedings in his typical way. The raw intensity for the part feels missing, barring a few moments towards the end. Ghani is another good attempt for him filmography wise, but it doesn’t end up being memorable acting-wise.
Saiee Majrekar making her Telugu debut is seen in an inconsequential role. She has typical commercial heroine scenes in the first half and goes missing during the second hour. Unfortunately for her, the utterly routine and bland commercial stuff fail to generate any impact.
Ghani marks debut of Kiran Korrapati as a director. He has picked a simple yet tough genre to crack in his first attempt. We know why it is so and explicitly watching Ghani.
As we have mentioned many times in the past, the sports genre looks the most simple but is extremely tough to execute engagingly. The main issue is the predictable beats it has to follow. There are cliches galore a sports genre film has to engage in. The challenge lies in presenting them freshly. Director Kiran Korrapati fails big time in this regard.
Everything is laid bare related to Ghani’s story within the opening fifteen minutes itself. We know where it’s headed and can second guess how. The challenge lies in coming up with something fresh concerning ‘how’ it reached the end. Unfortunately, we see nothing—the lack of making the drama appealing further compounds the effect.
The entire love track in the first half screams cliche. There is not an iota of freshness anywhere with banal writing to boost. The whole thing feels like a distraction only to lead to the inevitable.
The conflict between mother and son about boxing doesn’t offer anything new either. It is as old as the hills. We can see how the proceedings will happen once the problem is set, and voila, we get precisely that without any attempt to tweak it or freshen it up a bit.
There is a slight twist around the interval mark which is alright, and it leads to a flashback during the beginning of the second half. In these brief proceedings, we see what Kiran Korrapati misses in Ghani. There is nothing new in these sequences, but the minor tweaks from the routine make the proceedings slightly engaging.
The second half maintains the momentum of the decent start and proceeds that way. There is nothing new, but a few blocks work out. The title song immediately comes to mind, and then the two boxing matches towards the end. They are neatly done and hold attention intermittently.
The problem in the second half again is the cliched and outdated drama. It is better compared to the first only because it sticks to the theme and goes about its way. Despite the decent boxing moments and aggression, the ending is diluted due to the typical and predictable drama.
Overall, Ghani is a glossy sports film with good cast and production values. Sadly, all its drama is outdated, with an utterly predictable story to boost. It ends up as a below-par movie in the end.
Performances by Others Actors
Ghani comprises a vast cast. Even for minor roles, we see notable faces. But, not all the suitable for the part and even those who are, get half baked or utterly predictable roles that lack surprise. Nadhiya falls into that latter category. She is decent, but we have seen her do the same previously.
Upendra in a brief supporting role is fine. It might appear out of sync with the rest, but it’s a short one to have a drastic impact. Sunil Shetty gets another predictable part of a coach. He is adequate and does well.
Jagapathi Babu gets another decent antagonist part. He has done many roles in a similar vein, and hence despite his good work, there is no surprise with it at all. Naresh is a good actor on his day, but he is totally miscast as a boxing coach. And finally, Naveen Chandra starts on an exciting note but gets sidelined with a half baked part in the second half. The rest of the actors are okay.
Music and Other Departments?
S Thaman provides the music for Ghani. Barring the title song, nothing really works. When it comes to the background score, he seems to have slipped into the thinking that the louder, the better. Well, that is not the case here, as the earsplitting BGM induces a headache. George C Willaims’s cinematography is neat. The boxing scenes are shot well. Marthand K Venkatesh’s editing is okay. The writing is the movie’s biggest drawback, along with the routine story and cliched narration.
Climax Block (Sans Drama)
Cliched Characters And Drama
No Surprise Elements, No highs
A more refreshed take be it the love story or the mother-son conflict, and more amped out drama (with a few tweaks) during the sports segments would have made Ghani a lot better than what it is currently.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, But With Huge Reservations
Ghani Movie Review by Mirchi9
The second half of Ghani is comparatively better after a not so impressive first. The biggest issue remains that of freshness, with hardly anything new. Everything has a seen before feel. Varun Tej is well-built physically. Review coming soon.
— Heroine Maya (Saiee Manjrekar) is back on screen in pre-climax for a blink and miss appearance.
— Tamannaah‘s item song appears out of the blue. It could have been appropriately placed!
— The training montage song is decently shot and well placed. This is the best of the film so-far.
— Ghani second half started with Upendra’s flashback episode.
First Half Report:
First few minutes into the show you know where Ghani is heading. Therefore, the film requires a fresh presentation which is missing in the first half. The second half is extremely crucial now.
— Boxers Ghani (Varun) and Aadi (Naveen Chandra) get into the boxing ring. After a small revelation it’s time for Interval.
— Maya ( Saiee Manjrekar ) is in love with Ghani. Senior actor Naresh is the coach for Ghani’s boxing dream.
— Ghani has a most tested formulaic beginning. Nadhiya doesn’t want her son Ghani to pursue Boxing after his father Vikramaditya’s career gets the bad mark of drugs usage.
— MIRCHI9 (@Mirchi9) April 7, 2022
Ghani movie Review, USA Premiers updates will begin shortly. Stay tuned.
The new film of Mega Prince Varun Tej, Ghani, is all set to hit the big screens. It is a sports drama with a boxing backdrop and introduces a new director Kiran Korrapati.
Varun Tej, who has been mixing it up neatly in his movie choices since 2018, is coming with a sports drama. It is after some gap that there is a boxing backdrop drama in Telugu cinema. If well made, it could work to the advantage of the movie.
The last time Varun Tej acted under a debutant, it turned out to be a good success for him. The film is Tholi Prema. With Ghani, a new director Kiran Korrapati is being introduced. However, it is not just the director; the producers are also first-timers, Allu Bobby and Sidhu Mudda. The young team has come together to deliver some fresh content keeping the Telugu audience sensibilities in check.
Ghani is made lavishly, and the boxing action and drama are said to be highlights. Unfortunately, multiple delays and releasing amidst biggies have taken away its sheen somewhat. The movie is heavily dependent on the content to do the talking at the box office.
Ghani comprises a fantastic cast. We have the likes of Upendra, Jagapathi Babu, Sunil Shetty, Naveen Chandra and Nadhiya in critical roles. Bollywood heroine Saiee Manjrekar pairs up with Varun Tej in the movie. The man in form, S Thaman, provides the music.
As always, Mirchi9 will give you a ‘First-On-Net’ review genuinely and honestly. Watch this space for our updates.