Review: ‘Thellavarithe Guruvaram’

‘Thellavarithe Guruvaram’ hit the cinemas today (March 27). Starring relatively fresh faces, the film is produced by Rajani Korrapati and Ravindra Benerjee Muppaneni. Let’s find out what works and what doesn’t in the movie. 

Story:
Veeru (Sri Simha) and Madhu (Misha Narang) are scheduled to get married in some hours. This is when they both separately plan to run away because they don’t like the alliance. If Veeru wants to marry his girlfriend Krishnaveni (Chitra Shukla), Madhu has her own issues with the very idea of marriage. What happens over the span of a night as they both cross paths outside the wedding hall and whether they will end up getting what they want is the crux of the story. 

Performances:
Sri Simha, whose debut film ‘Mathu Vadalara’ (2019) was a thriller, is acceptable in the role of a youngster who is taken aback constantly by the behaviours of different characters. Misha proves to be the right choice for the character of an immature woman who is paranoid. Chitra Shukla of ‘Rangula Raatnam’ fame is decent enough. She doesn’t get much space in the second half, though. 

Satya and Viva Harsha tickle the funny bone for the time they are seen on the screen. Ajay has a short role. Rajeev Kanakala and others pass muster. 

Technical Departments:
Kaala Bhairava’s music is impressive. ‘Mellaga Mellaga’ and ‘Manasuki Hanikaram Ammaye’ are situational. The BGM fits the bill. The cinematography is decent enough and is in step with the scale of the rom-com.

Analysis:
The entire story takes place over a night. So, writer-director Manikanth Gelli had to condense as many situations and characters as possible in the space of a few hours. Since this is a relationship drama at one level, there had to be a sense of romance, too. 

For a debutant, Gelli has done a decent job. If you don’t expect a laugh riot and watch it with sub-par expectations, this film could keep you engaged. The first half has got a series of breezy scenes that are not intense. On the other hand, the second half falters with too many superficial moments taking the zing out of proceedings. 

Given the nature of the story, the characterizations had to be somewhat quirky. The characters played by Satya (as the male lead’s over-the-top uncle) and Viva Harsha (as the male lead’s hilarious colleague) are not the only ones that are oddball. If you think about it, the most madcap of all is Madhu, the bride, who is a damsel in distress for no apparent reason. 

The love track involving Krishnaveni, who is a doctor, and the male lead could have been better. It works because of how the female partner’s confusions are portrayed. 

The second half presents an eccentric episode involving Ajay. This is a rushed episode and the discerning eye can easily see that it was trimmed badly at the editing table. 

The climax should have been meaty in terms of dialogues. One feels the situations lack the strength to make the main track emotionally satisfying. 

Verdict:
‘Thellavarithe Guruvaram’ works in patches. It has a fairly engaging first half. But the second half sort of falls apart. 

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