Noted stars Satyadev and Tamannaah’s romantic love drama, Gurtunda Seethakalam under the direction of Nagashekar has hit the silver screens today. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: Dev( Satyadev) on his road trip crosses paths with an engineering student Divya( Megha Akash). As Dev rescues Divya from roadside goons, friendship blooms between them. Later, Divya comes to know that Dev to going to her hometown Mangalore and requests him to drop her at home. In the journey, Divya starts asking about Dev’s love stories in life. Though Dev refuses initially, he later accepts to tell his past right from childhood crushes to love stories in his teenage. In his conversation, Dev brings the topic of two beautiful ladies Ammulya( Kavya Shetty) and Nidhhi ( Tamannaah). What is the role of Ammulya and Nidhhi in the life of Dev, forms crucial crux.
Performances: Satyadev shines yet again with his settled and composed acting in the lead role. His performance and one-liners bring depth to the proceedings. Megha Akash is good in her jovial role as a young girl. Her innocent conversations with Dev add weight to a few scenes.
Heroine Tamannaah is captivating on-screen and her chemistry with Satyadev is showcased in an impressive manner. Tamannaah’s emotional performance during the climax portion is good. Yet another actress Kavya Shetty is fine in her extended cameo role. Her scenes with Satyadev are executed nicely.
Priyadarshi is alright in his hero side-kick role. He tried to evoke decent fun. Other artists who did key roles are okay in their respective roles.
Technicalities: Kaala Bhairava impresses with his tunes. While all the songs are situational and placed well, the soothing background score elevates the mood of the film neatly.
The photography work by Satya Hegde is good as he showcased the natural locations nicely in the movie. He captured a few house moments between the lead pair in a superb manner.
Editing by Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao is fine. Production values for this romantic drama are good.
Analysis: Gurtunda Seethakalam is an official remake of the 2020 Kannada hit, Love Mocktail. Despite being a remake, director cum dialogue writer Nagashekar tried to present the film by not ignoring Telugu sensibilities.
Director took good care in shooting the film in different locations in and around Mangalore without disturbing the soul but if he would have worked more on writing a fast-paced screenplay, the result would have been much better. To summarize, Gurtunda Seethakalam is a feel-good love drama that has engaging love scenes throughout. The performance of the lead artists makes this romantic drama a watchable fare this weekend.
Verdict: Passable love drama!