Gundello Godari is the story of Malli (Adi) and Chithra (Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna) who get married to each other during the floods in Godavari region. During their post marriage rituals they start to have doubts over each other which the two discuss when they feel they are about to die.
What is the past they reveal to each other and what happens to the newly married couple in the end is the overall story of the film.
Adi Pinisetty is clearly the best performer of the enterprise. He has done similar kind of roles in the past and this enables him to pitch the character perfectly. His emotions and vulnerabilities are genuinely felt.
Sundeep Kishan is good in parts. At times it looks like he is trying too hard to be in the character and give a memorable performance.
Tapsee has a limited role and all through out the role she over acts her part.
And finally we have Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna. She is the biggest weakling in the film. She tries really hard to stay in the character and this hard work shows through out the film in a not so flattering way. Her accent especially, is really poor and ruins almost all the scenes she is present in.
The beginning of the film
Setting of the film
Realistic tone maintained consistently through out the film within the commercial boundaries.
Amateur graphics at time
The plot of the film is very simple and the director just tries to narrate the film without any hiccups. He takes his time to establish the character and finally deals it with them in a very predictable way. Take for example the Adi and Tapsee track which feels being endlessly dragged after a point because of this predictability factor.
A similar effect is felt in the second half and this time the choice of actors makes things even worse. Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna and her accent look completely out of place and a mismatch for the set up she is part off. She tries hard and this trying hard is visible to the audience. As she is a major part of the second half this half is even more affected compared to the first half.
The screenplay from the director is flat but the dialogues do manage to create an impact now and then.
Music by Maestro Ilayaraja is alright but he once again gives a scintillating background score. There are few moments and pieces which stay with you long after the film is finished.
Cinematography for the film is good and it captures the tone and overall mood of the film well. The art work deserves a special mention for creating the era gone by with great detail. Visual effects of the floods are good in parts but at times it looks very cartoon-ish and amateur too. Editing could have been much sharper.
Bottom-line: Only the floods are fresh in this boring predictable mess.