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‘Ganesh- Just Ganesh’ Review: Just Ok

‘Ganesh- Just Ganesh’ Review: Just Ok

Film: Ganesh-Just Ganesh
Rating: 3/5

Cast: Ram, Kajal, Sameer, Kasi Viswanath, Ashish Vidyarthi, Poonam Kour, Rohini Attangadi etc
Dialogues: Abburi Ravi
Camera: Hari
Music: Mickey J Mayer
Lyrics: Sirivennela, Rama Jogayya Sastry
Art: Peketi Ranga
Action: Peter Heins
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Producer: Sarvanthi Ravi Kishore
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Saravanan
Released On: 25th Sep 2009

This is the movie that’s released without any hype. It hasn’t been in big discussion till its release. Hence the expectations weren’t high on this. Let us see how far it entertained audiences.

Story:
Ganesh (Ram) is a young man who knows nothing but helping others. His friend loves a girl but he fears to let that known to his father (Kasi Viswanath) . The idea of the father is to get his son married to his niece Divya (Kajal).

Hence Ganesh plans to make Divya fall in his love so that line will be clear for his friend to marry his love interest. He implements the plan by becoming a tenant to Divya in Express Towers Apartments, Kondapur. The apartment is famous for mischievous children and their playful acts. But how Ganesh becomes close to them and how he sees success in his plan? That has to be watched on screen.

Meanwhile Mahadev (Ashish Vidyarthi), a hooligan disturbs the society with his goondaagiri. A comedy don Yadagiri (Brahmanandam) also presents parallel to him. How Ganesh settles these accounts forms the action and mass comedy part.

Performances:
Ram:
He is at his best by all means. First to say is about his dances. He has improved a lot and his dances are with full of grace. His timing in dialogue delivery and energy levels in performance are also good. He proves to be best bet for family entertainers.

Kajal: She has caught the attention with beautiful screen presence once again and scored well with performance as well.

Child Artistes: The biggest asset for this film is child artistes. Everyone has delivered the best output and entertained audiences. Director could have banked on these tiny talents and extend scenes on them for better narration of the whole story. The boy who acted in role of Nani is quite interesting. His exam hall scene and getting 72% marks entertained audiences. The stout boy in the group who tests the protagonist whether he is really a Super Man is humorous. Another boy wearing spectacles also made his presence felt. Other child artistes also acted up to the mark. 

Ashish Vidyarthi is adequate in his negative role but there is no big punch for that. Poonam Kour acted as side kick for hero and heroine although she looked more graceful than heroine in some frames. Sameer is ok in his character as brother to Kajal. Rohini Attangadi appeared in a guest role.

The technical departments are ok. Music is well placed by Mickey J Mayer although not on par with his previous flicks. The song ‘Tanemando…’ is almost similar to ‘Nijamga Nenenaa’ from KBL. Other songs are just above average. Cinematography deserves good mention and the costumes department also worked well. Director did well but failed to focus on screenplay. The story is highly predictable till the climax without any twists and turns. And he failed to spruce up the second half adequately. It became elastic.

Highlights:

  • Child Artistes
  • Ram’s Dances
  • Costumes
  • Music

Disappointments:

  • No interesting story line
  • Weak second half
  • Lengthy narration in second half
  • Lack of sufficient humor in second half
  • Flat and predictable narration

Missed Opportunities:

  • The scenes of dog that stops chasing once seeing a hug should have extended with more scenes for better laughs
  • The children walking into Divya’s house to negotiate marriage terms with her brother (Sameer) should have made a parody out of similar scene in old movie ‘Seetakoka Chiluka’ for humor.

Analysis:
The first half is better but second half is elastic. The movie promises huge entertainment till the interval and brings hopes that second half will be on par. But the expectations have come down due to length. It is true that length marred the strength of the movie. And the children episode with more entertainment could have added right value.

It is crucial for any film to possess with strong second half when compared to first half. But here it has become inversed. The audiences those stand up from their seats after the completion of the movie feel that first half is better. That drops the graph on a whole.

To sum up, it’s a film that can be watched by all family members at least for children episode. But at the same time one needs to carry lot of stamina to bear with lengthy second half that runs with no excitement. 

(SiraSri can be reached at sirasri@gmail.com)

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