Guntur Kaaram Movie Review
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Guntur Kaaram is a 2024 Indian Telugu-language action drama film written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas, and bankrolled by S. Radha Krishna under the banner of Haarika & Hassine Creations. It stars Mahesh Babu, Sreeleela and Meenakshi Chaudhary in lead roles, with Ramya Krishna, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, and Jagapathi Babu in supporting roles. The film’s music is given by Thaman S, with cinematography handled by Manoj Paramahamsa and editing handled by Naveen Nooli.
Super Star Mahesh Babu and director Trivikram Srinivas have finally collaborated after 14 years for the movie Guntur Kaaram, which is an emotional action-packed drama. The film is out in theaters worldwide today. Now, let’s see how it all unfolds on the big screen!
At the age of 10, Veera Venkata Ramana (Mahesh Babu) was separated from his mother, Vyra Vasundhara (Ramya Krishnan), due to an accident. Now, 25 years later, Vasundhara is a Minister. To secure her election victory, her father, Venkata Swamy (Prakash Raj), wants Ramana to disown his connection with her by signing papers. The unfolding story answers questions about the past accident, Ramana’s reaction, whether he signs the papers, Vasundhara’s actions, and whether they eventually reunite.
Director Trivikram’s attempt falls short, especially following the success of “Ala Vaikunthapurramloo” in 2022. The film’s central theme, focusing on an adult son’s quest to reconnect with his estranged mother, lacks the depth needed to sustain meaningful dramatic tension throughout.
Emotional scenes between the mother and son fail to resonate, as the narrative prioritizes assigning blame over evoking genuine sympathy for their reunion. The resolution, centered on the person responsible for the mother’s departure, doesn’t garner much emotional investment from the audience.
The introduction of the second female lead, portrayed by Meenakshi Chowdhary, adds little substance to the storyline, reducing her character to serving food and drinks to Mahesh Babu. This superficiality is reflective of the broader issues with the film’s writing.
The first half is dominated by songs, hero dialogues, fight sequences, and romantic moments, with a repetitive theme of convincing Mahesh Babu to sign documents. The second half focuses on “mass moments” and features songs like “Kurchini Madatetti,” but the real drama only unfolds in the last 20 minutes, failing to match the impact of Trivikram’s previous works.
The film’s villain lacks a convincing motive, contributing to the overall lack of coherence in attempting to separate a mother and son. In the end, the audience doesn’t experience relief from the reunion but rather from the end of cringe-worthy proceedings.
- Mahesh Babu’s commendable performance, showcasing versatility beyond his comfort zone. It’ll be a Positive anticipation for his next project directed by SS Rajamouli.
- A few standout songs enhance the movie’s musical appeal.
- Sreeleela’s energetic dance performances add a lively touch.
- The film is hampered by a thin and unengaging storyline.
- Poorly written scenes contribute to a lackluster narrative.
- Absence of emotional connection.
- Repetition of routine scenes diminishes the overall impact of the movie.
The theatre erupted during the “Kurchini Madathapeti” song. Unfortunately, it’s the only song that received cheers from the crowd. Thaman’s musical contribution, unfortunately, fell below expectations. Trivikram Srinivas’s direction and writing didn’t leave a lasting impact, and a more resonant storyline could have significantly enhanced the film’s overall appeal.
While Manoj Paramahamsa’s cinematography met satisfactory standards, editor Navin Nooli has ample room for improvement, particularly in trimming unnecessary scenes. The substantial investment by the producers ensured a visually rich appearance for the film.
“Guntur Kaaram” disappoints with a lackluster plot, ineffective emotional moments, and a superficial approach to character development, falling short of the director’s previous successes. The film struggles to engage, leaving the audience with a sense of unfulfilled potential and cringe-worthy proceedings.
Movie Title: Guntur Kaaram
Banner: Haarika, Hassine Creations
Release Date: 12-01-2024
Censor Rating: “U/A”
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Sreeleela, Meenkashi Chaudary
Director: Trivikram Srinivas
Music: Thaman S
Cinematography: Manoj Paramahamsa
Editor: Navin Nooli
Producer: S Radha Krishna (Chinababu)
Runtime: 120 minutes