Reviewed by Samantha Tamma
Our festivities are such that they involve a lot of unnecessary but unavoidable expenditure. A new shirt, a new saree, some gold ornaments ( even after knowing that gold will not appreciate anymore), some eating out and of course, catching up with the latest movies. All these are meant to convince others, and of our selves, that we are having a gala time. Watching GAV is part of this self appeasing festivities. Nothing more- nothing less. For multiplex urbane audience, the movie competes with Bang Bang and Haider. (Qualitywise, no comparison at all). But for the rural and semi-urban Andhra, it is the only big starrer feast for the 4 day Dusherra Holidays.
Though the plot of the movie is pretty predictable – a family reunion – repeated track right from Seetharamiah gari manavaralu to Attarintiki daredi, the director makes the context quite current. For instance, it is a bitter glass ceiling effect on an educated professional on foreign shores, that makes him look back at his actions and duty towards homeland. (Not an emotional love affair with vooru!) The trend of village landlords is no more to donate their entire land for a project, but is actually to resist an SEZ and village girls are not bapu bommas but are completely in tune with the beauty parlours and hep culture.
Not the story per se, but it is these minute minor things that keep you holding to the movie and make you feel there is something new in it. Kudos to the rustic ambiance created on screen – let if be wall crotons grown in broken big tyres, hanging kerosene lamps or the holy tree with brass decorations and strings of Pasupu and Kumkum, it makes a privileged rich village a Beautiful Destination. The movie tries enough to capture the village sentiments and beauty in every scene.
The climax sentimentality will definitely remind us of some too good (thyagi) family guy roles portrayed by Venkatesh. The hero’s scenes with Kajol too run a bit on the vulgar side. But if we can put up with those, it is a “lets be happy – me and my love for family” kind of movie. Jayasudha speaks more with her eyes than dialogues. Others just play their part. For a movie in which characters are asked “Can’t you speak in Telugu? ” at least 4 times – it is bitter regret that they copy the Pati Parameshwar scene of KKKG.
Crux: Watch it if you have any nostalgia for a village, family drama and feel good endings.