Routine Rom-Com That Begins Well
What Is the Film About?
Veeru, aka Veerendra (Sri Simha) and Madhu (Misha Narang), are about to get married the following day. However, they develop jitters the night before due to some personal reasons and try to run away (without knowing each other yet). How they meet, discuss the past and know each other? What happens to the marriage is what the movie is all about?
How Is Sri Smha’s Performance?
Sri Simha, in his new outing, picks a different genre. It is a rom-com. He looks perfect for the part, which doesn’t require any heavy dramatic skills or histrionics. There is no awkwardness or visible unease in his body language, which is the good part, but still much needs to be improved on that score. It is to make a better impact.
Direction by Manikanta Gelli ?
Manikanth Geli directs Thellavarith Guruvaram. The story he has picked is a very routine and regular one, but with a neat hook line that begins the whole premise.
The first twenty minutes of Thellavarithe Guruvaram is good and makes one instantly connect to the proceedings. It is despite the fact that nothing much is known about the story. Because the entertainment works out along with the prevailing confusion on what’s happening and what will take shape next?
However, once the lead pair began their journey and started the flashback, the whole thing comes crashing down. What we get is a familiar love story with typical characters and issues. While it is merely a block in the entire narrative, we get a feeling that it’s never-ending. It leads to the reason to take the expected decision.
It is also clear now to the mind the approach the director is taking to narrate his tale. The focus is on providing a different screenplay to cover the story, which almost entirely happens on a single night. It, therefore, comes across as predictable very soon.
Post intermission, we further get an idea of where the movie is heading eventually. The blocks that are inserted to get to the point and evoke the feeling seems so forced. A particular track involving a goat, for example, looks so out of place. But, we get why it is done, and that ‘predictability’ makes the narrative ‘formulaic’.
While on the expected lines, the ending is decent due to the return of the comic relief and the characters. The supporting parts involving a couple of comedians have done a decent job.
Overall, Thellavarithe Guruvaram is a routine story relying on the screenplay to hold attention. However, the weak writing and lack of freshness in key portions let it down. Give it a try if you like romcoms and won’t mind something ho-hum.
Chitra, Misha and Others?
Misha Narang and Chitra Shukla play the female leads. Interestingly, they have similar runtime. Misha plays a traditional girl well without going overboard or overacting. She does as much as required and adequately. Chitra Shukla’s performance is alright, but her character itself is irritating.
Among the supporting cast, Sathya is a show-stealer. He has fewer scenes, but whenever he is present, he steals the show with his timing. It is a short but sweet and memorable part for him. Viva Harsha is also decent in his usual style. Ajay is alright in a brief role. Ravi Varma and Rajeev Kanakala are okay. The rest of the casting is good, but none manage to leave an impression, though.
Music and Other Departments?
The music by Kaala Bhairava is alright. The songs don’t impress much. However, the background score is good. A particular block in the second half goes off track concerning the main narrative, but it has some chilling BGM work. The cinematography by Suresh Ragutu is reasonably alright for the small production. The visuals are pleasing throughout. The editing by Sathya Giduthuri is neat.
The writing, as mentioned previously, is weak. It is one of the essential elements for the movie to work but fails to get the right result.
Lack Of Freshness
The content in the flashback portions should be much more trendy and quirkier. It would have made the screenplay a much more satisfying and valuable device.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, In Parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, But With Huge Reservations
Thellavarithe Guruvaram Movie Review by Siddartha Toleti
— Finally, Veerendra – Madhu’s arranged marriage happens and the movie comes to an end. Visit back for our detailed review shortly.
— After an accident episode, the movie becomes very intense all of a sudden. Though it looks off track, the BGM here is very good.
— Thellavarithe Guruvaram second half started. Veeru’s first love track with Krishnaveni comes to a conclusion.
— Veeru – Krishna’s Flashback episode ends.
— Comedian Satya’s episode in hospital is hilarious. He makes a splash in the beginning of the film. Whenever he appears on screen it’s fun.
— Simha’s flashback episode is getting dragged in a routine love setup with occasional laughs.
— Sri Simha is trying to break his arranged wedding with Madhu (Misha Narang), a day a day before the D-day. He takes us back to his flashback love episode with Dr. Krishnaveni (Chitra Shukla).
— Thellavarithe Guruvaram show started with a wedding occasion of the lead.
Sri Simha coming from Rajamouli’s family might have been a benefit for the lead actor because that helped in promoting today’s release ‘Thellavarithe Guruvaram‘ movie despite being a small film. But, that’s not enough, Sri Simha has to deliver to be part of the race.
The film’s teaser and the trailer looked interesting enough and hopefully, audiences are going to have a treat in the form of this romantic comic dramedy. Except for Sri Simha as the lead actor, everybody else who worked for the movie is pretty much new to the Telugu film Industry.
So, the onus is on the director Manikanth Gelli who is making his directorial debut with this movie to give a successful movie for Sri Simha Koduri and also for himself. Let’s hope that the impressive trailer extends to an impressive and entertaining movie.
By the way, music director Kaala Bhairava is Sri Simha’s elder brother and his album is decent with songs that would work situationally as they seem to be loaded with moments, especially, ‘Mellagaa Mellagaa’. Let’s see if he gave a memorable score for his brother.
All said and done, it’s time to know if Sri Simha has impressed the audiences with his second venture as the male lead. We’ll be right back and stay with us folks for mirchi9 ‘Thellavarithe Guruvaram’ bona fide review from the mirchi9 team.