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'Gauravam' Review: Old Story, Off Beat Execution

Rating: 2/5
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Cast: Allu Sirish, Yami Gautham, Prakash Raj, Nasser, Elango Kumaravel, Sricharan, Brahmaji, L B Sriram, Madhu, Pavitra Lokesh and others
Music: Thaman
Cinematographer: Preetha
Editor: Alen
Story, screenplay, direction: Radha Mohan
Producer: Prakash Raj
Release date: 19/04/2013

The time has come for yet another member from the mega family to arrive. This is Allu Sirish and whether his debut has been successful or not let us see.

Story
Arjun (Sirish) comes to his home village after many years with an intention to setup a plant. To his surprise, he discovers the village is still ridden with caste clashes.

In this process, he also discovers that his close friend Shankar (Madhu) who comes from a lower caste has gone missing after he eloped with the daughter of the village head Pasupathi (Prakash Raj).

Arjun along with his friend (Sricharan) starts enquiring about Shankar and he is helped by Yamini (Yami), a local girl. What are the challenges he faces and whether he is successful in his attempt or not forms the rest of the story.

Performances
Allu Sirish didn’t have anything special to offer. He needs to groom a lot to fit into the requirement of Telugu films. But he was sensible enough to choose a role which fits the character in the film. But it would take a long time for him to find acceptance.

Yami Gautam is a vision of beauty. Whenever she is onscreen, it is difficult to take eyes off her. On performance front, she is very natural in her expressions and has very good ease. She will grow big.

Prakash Raj was matured and elegant. As such, his screen time is not that much but whenever he was there he made his presence felt.

Sricharan brought few smiles, Elango Kumaravel was natural, Anupama Kumar was apt, Brahmaji was good, Nasser was very brief, L B Sriram was excellent, the others did their bit as required.

Highlights

  • Direction
  • Theme
  • Yami Gautam

Drawbacks:

  • Serious subject
  • Overdose of emotional drama

Analysis
The concept of caste system is chosen as backdrop for this film. The concept is obsolete and the execution is old fashioned.

The very theme of the film revolves around honor killing and it has to do with caste differentiation which is rather high in the rural areas of our country. While the solution has been shown as it lies the hands of youth and students, it must be said that this has been an age old problem in our nation and no solution has come so far. Though the plot is old the director has shown his mettle by narrating it in a gripping manner and keeping the suspense element on.

In a way, this is a safe bet for Sirish and he didn’t try to be a hero. Instead he just merged into the story and just contributed his part. The director has also scored in the technical departments in terms of cinematography, background score etc.

The film takes off on a shaky note but as it progresses it starts getting the attention of the audience. On the flip side, the subject and its essence is quite serious. Also, it may not be one of the regular films that a typical Telugu audience would like because entertainment is zero and seriousness is high.

Since the film is a bilingual it could work well with the Tamil industry. Overall, this is a film which deals with a society based subject and is rather sensitive given the caste flavor.

Bottomline: Cannot hook the audience interest

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)

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