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Goodachari review: An engaging and gripping thriller

One of the best thrillers in Tollywood

TELUGUCINEMA.COM

Friday 3 August 2018

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Movie Title

Goodachari

Director

Sashikiran Tikka

Star Cast

Adivi Sesh, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prakash Raj, Vennela Kishore, Supriya Yarlagadda, Anish Kuruvilla, Rakesh Varre, Madhu Shalini

Arjun (Adivi Sesh) dreams of working for India’s secret service agencies, much like his father who was killed while he was fighting for the country. His uncle (Prakash Raj) who also worked with his father doesn’t want him to join the services and changes his identity from Gopi to Arjun to keep away from the glare of the adverse forces. Despite his uncle’s reservations, Arjun joins India’s Secret Service team known as Trinetra and gets trained as officer Trinetra 116. He also falls in love with his neighbour, Sameera (Shobita Dhulipala), a psychologist. Soon, she is killed and other killings of Trinetra team happen. Who is after Arjun? And why?

Spy thrillers are not common in Tollywood though Superstar Krishna did films like Goodachari 116 and Agent Gopi in late 60’s and 70’s. Mahesh Babu’s Spyder was horrible attempt at spy thrillers. Adivi Sesh has attempted this genre in a terrific way. He has ‘Desi’fied the Hollywood spy thriller template by adding a lot of homegrown elements and has mixed right emotion.

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The story begins with a kid waiting for his father to return from his mission but “hears” the news of his killing by Al Mujahiddin. Immediately it is established that the kid is following his father’s footsteps – joining I.B. However, the bureau tells him that he can become a good agent only when he overcomes his weakness - his father. Why so much focus on this thread? We'll find out later!

The writing (script by Adivi Sesh himself) is terrific. India’s Secret Service (which for outside world doesn’t exist that directly reports to PM’s office) is named as Trinetra (Third Eye). The three I’s are – infiltrate, investigate and inform. All the operation and agents are constantly watched by the team. Thus ‘Trinetra’ has the right name. This is like the desi version of Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film pays tribute to Krishna’s movies as Arjun’s real name is Gopi and he becomes Agent Gopi (Krishna’s old movie) and his code is Trinetra 116 (Krishna did Goodachari 116).

The film runs in the usual template of a spy thriller but also throws many surprises. The biggest surprise is keeping the identity of the actor who played ‘Nanna’ in the movie. We are also not revealing his name here. The initial portions, the training that Adivi Sesh takes and his romantic thread with Sobhita make us tiresome but they all have a purpose and link in the later portions. The film’s interval is the biggest surprise and it goes on in an engaging manner until the end.

The screenplay is quite racy and has enough twists and turns. Also, the film comes up with great visuals despite making in limited budget. The director and cinematographer have worked in tandem here to bring authenticity.

The action choreography is also quite good – the clock fight in the later portion is superb.

The film is a little long but it ends on the right note by giving enough room for a sequel. Goodachari is a right attempt for homegrown spy series. Adivi Sesh suits well to the role of an agent. More than his performance, he impresses with his writing. Sobhita Dhulipala makes confident debut in Tollywood. Supriya as the higher officer is superb. She fits the role perfectly. Anish Kuruvilla is good. But the film has terrific performances from two actors – Prakash Raj and the actor who played ‘Nanna’. After a long time, Prakash Raj has got the best role and the seasoned artiste has added his mark. Vennela Kishore in a non-comedy role is a huge surprise too.

The film has quality technical output. Given the budget, cinematographer Shaneil Deo has brought out the best work from various locations. The camera work seen in Sikkim episode and the Chittagong episode is the best. Production design is perfect. Sreecharan’s background score is terrific.

Both Adivi Sesh (writing) and debutant director Sashikiran Tikka have pulled off to give us one of the best made homegrown spy thrillers. Their work is commendable.

Goodachari is quite an engaging and gripping thriller about secret service activities. A perfect tribute to old spy thrillers. This makes an engaging watch as it has many surprises and the right emotion. The superior writing and making of the movie make this one of the best thrillers in Tollywood though it has inspiration from some Hollywood movies. Watch it.

Goodachari review: 3.25 Stars