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Gautham Nanda review: Old wine in a new bottle

A tiring experience

TELUGUCINEMA.COM

Friday 28 July 2017

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Movie Title

Gautham Nanda

Director

Sampath Nandi

Star Cast

Gopichand, Catherine Tresa, Hansika Motwani

Gautham Ghattamaneni (Gopichand) is the son of a rich business magnate who does not know the feeling of not having anything. On the other hand, in a slum, we see Nanda Kishore (Gopichand) who is poor but aspires to die rich. These two persons 'accidentally' meet and exchange their places to experience the other person's lives for 30 days. What happens when the 30 days period ends - do they go back to their respective lives?

Hero and his doppelgänger (a similar looking person) exchanging their places for a reason is a beaten-to-death storyline that has been explored in Telugu cinema from the days of NTR's Ramudu Bheemudu (1964). Numerous movies have come on the same theme. Yet, Sampath Nandi has tried to explore something "new" in this cliched line and has presented us Gautham Nanda with Gopichand in dual role.

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Gopichand must have agreed to do this movie as this is the first time that he's getting a chance to play a dual role, but both Gopichand and his director Sampath Nandi should have ensured that narration and scenes should be different. It is inexcusable to wrap a beaten-to-death story in such a cliched format.

The director takes entire first half to establish the lifestyles of two characters and to tell us that they have changed their places. What follows is very tedious. Today, even below-middle class people maintain good utensils but we get to see them filled with cockroaches. Such stale scenes! 

The story, as well as narration, s narration is dreary but the movie has quite rich visuals and production values are top class.

As far as performances are concerned, Gopichand in dual role shines. Both lead actresses have nothing much to do. Catherine is okay. Chandramohan as middle-class father and Annapurna as aaya have given their best. Rest have come up with bad acting. Cinematography and music (a couple of songs) are neat. As director Sampath Nandi fails to impress this time.

Gautham Nanda is old wine in old bottle. Although the last 20 minutes are interesting, the film doesn't make an interesting watch. It is a tiring experience.

Gautham Nanda review: 2 3/4 stars