What is the film about?
To put it shortly Pittagoda is about four friends who spend their days idly doing nothing useful. How they achieve something in life that brings a name to them and their family. How they get names into papers is what the film is all about.
How is Viswadev Rachakonda’s performance?
Vishwadev makes his debut with the film. He has an ease in body language and is also perfect looking for the character. But he doesn’t have that magic presence that elevates a simple nothing sort of scene. The characterization he is given and the dialogues at times show him in a better light otherwise, there is nothing special about him.
Direction By KV Anudeep?
Anudeep is yet another short filmmaker who makes his transition to the big screen. And like most of them, he too has a similar shortcoming. He has no vision for the big screen. He simply proceeds with the making of them movie as a short film, at least that is the impression one gets.
There are individual scenes that have a punch, there is a good chemistry at display among the friend’s group at times. But they never make an impact as a whole. The narrative isn’t singular, it feels inconsistent. Add to this inconsistency there are various subplots that look so out of place.
Both the first and second half have few moments of “silly” fun but when it comes to serious story or storytelling, the final outcome is disappointing. The subplot feels shoehorned into the narrative rather than coming organically. This is the biggest problem and takes away from the movie whatever good that is being done.
Punarnavi Bhupalam and others?
Punarnavi Bhupalam who has played supporting actor roles so far elevated to heroine role with Pittagoda. She is fine within the scope given to her. It is a lightweight role that doesn’t require any dramatic performance. Apart from her, it is the three other friends played by Raju, Ramu, and Sreyan who are major characters in the film. They might have shortcomings as individuals but as a gang, they sure do share a chemistry which is visible on the screen. The rest of the characters are adequate and look like real life characters.
Music and other departments?
Music for the film is provided by Pranam Kamlakar. It is good and so is the background score. The cinematography is fine. Editing is neat. Dialogues are good, especially the small jokes the gang shares.
Chemistry between the gang
Few entertaining parts
Looking at the major plot of the movie, it would have better served the narrative, had this been made a thriller. The subplot of notes is then turned into the main plot.
Did I enjoy it?
Will you recommend it?
With huge reservations.
Pittagoda Movie Review by Siddhartha Toleti