Any person who commits a mistake either tries to run away from it or face the circumstances bravely. In second kind of people, their sincerity helps them come out of the mess. But if you are the first kind of a person, guilt haunts you through and you have to cope with it. The movie Geetha Govindam tries to explain this in a funny way.
Vijay Govind (Vijay Devarakonda) is an old-fashioned person who loves to listen to pravanchanams and thinks about his wife like a 70’s youngster even though he is a millennial. He likes a girl, Geetha (Rashmika Mandanna) after watching her at a temple. He suddenly meets her on the same bus he is traveling and that chance encounter propels into a lifetime journey between them. What happened on the bus? How did they understand each other? If there are any misunderstandings, how did they overcome them? Watch the movie for answers
Vijay Devarakonda is one of the best performers in the young generation and with a good team around him he did not repeat the Dwaraka mistake here. He eased himself into the character and we can his effort in making whatever believable and relatable easily. Even though the movie gives Geetha more strength and importance, with his performance, he gains more marks.
Rashmika Mandanna is not just a pretty face and she proved it again. Her performance elevates the scenes and she maintained a good synergy and chemistry with Vijay throughout. For a second, we believe she is really Geetha and he is really Govindam, that’s how good they are.
Others like Rahul Ramakrishna, Annapurnamma, Nithya Menen and Vennela Kishore shine too.
Gopi Sundar’s music and BGM are an asset to the film. The songs don’t feel like they are placed in the narrative forcefully and that’s a success for music director and director, both.
Marthand K. Venkatesh’s editing is not up to his high standards. There are a few scenes that feel cut hurriedly even though that is not the case. He did help the makers to keep runtime breezy but his work could have been better.
Manikandan visuals are good and he adds texture to the simple shots. They carry good depth and we can feel that he tried to use his camera grammar to suit the scenes and emotions.
Parasuram as a writer and director tries to travel with his characters more and not much on story. He again decides to trade on the similar path and writes two good characters. With a very simple issue dragged on, he keeps the narrative engaging and we feel a connection with the characters. This is the unique point of his film this time and he succeeds in not letting the narration lose grip.
Yet times, the movie feels stagnant but we can see why it needed to be stagnant there. Still, he makes the movie entertaining and we need to appreciate his writing here. At the same time, his other characters seem spineless and he needs to work them in his next projects.
Majority of Telugu films depend on commercial aspects like comedy and fights to engage the audience. Parasuram also follows the same formula here but he sticks to his characters better this time around than any of his previous outings. He shows good maturity in handling the conversations between the lead charades and engages us throughout.
Also, the team around him seems to have worked to make the movie decent first and then enjoyable. So, the movie seems to be minimum guarantee entertainer with breezy runtime without any lags or over the top moments that make us cringe. On the whole, Geetha and Govindan will entertain you at the theatre this weekend.