Hello Guru Prema Kosame Review: Routine and predictable
What works in Hello Guru Prema Kosame is first half alone as it provides some neat comedy
By: J Gudelli/Telugucinema.com
Critic's Rating: 2.75/5
Thursday 18 October 2018
Hello Guru Prema Kosame
Trinadh Rao Nakkina
Ram Pothineni, Anupama Parameswaran, Praniitha, Prakash Raj, Posani Krishna Murali, Sithara, Jayaprakash, Suresh
Sanju (Ram) moves to Hyderabad from Kakinada after he joins a software company. His mother (Sithara) asks him to stay at her friend’s house. Her friend is Vishwanatham (Prakash Raj), a middle-class father with a daughter Anupama (Anupama) who is an engineering student. Sanju likes her at the very first moment when he sees her in a train journey from Kakinada to Hyderabad but their friendship begins on a misunderstanding. At his office, he falls for the beauty of his colleague Ritu (Pranitha) but his heart still beats for Anupama. Will he win Anupama? Why does Vishwanatham agree to Sanju’s 30-days challenge?
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Director Trinadha Rao Nakkina and his writer Prasanna Kumar have created a story template of their own with films like Cinema Choopista Maava and Nenu Local where in the protagonist tries to get the upper hand over his girlfriend’s father who is creating trouble to their love story. In Cinema Choopista Maava, it was Raj Tarun and Rao Ramesh’s Tu Tu Main Main thread. In Nenu Local, Nani throws a challenge to Sachin Khadekar that he’d make his daughter fall in love with him in no time and Sachin tries all sort of tricks to stop him.
With little variation here and there and some new additions, they are telling the same story again and again. Hello Guru Prema Kosame is no different either. In this, Prakash Raj agrees to be Ram’s best friend but he also has to see that his daughter would not fall for Ram. He uses many tricks to stop him. Here they have created a 30-days friendship angle to Prakash Raj to add some novelty factor to the plot. There is also Nuvvu Naku Nachavu angle to this story - Prakash Raj and Sithara are best friends much like Prakash Raj and Chandramohan in Nuvvu Naku Nachavu and Anupama’s later portions remind us Venkatesh’s characterization.
Despite familiar story, the film provides good comedy in the first half. The most hilarious moment is when Ram accidentally lands in Pranitha’s home that leads to major confusion among the characters which is hilarious. The comedy track in software company also brings some laughs. Even after interval, we get to see some fun moments between Prakash Raj and Ram especially during the restaurant scene. However, it turns too predictable after a point and it drags on and on.
Moreover, the romantic track on Ram and Anupama is totally plain. It is not clear why they actually fall in love with each other? Is it because they are the lead pair of the movie? The revelation from Anupama looks so contrived. The ending is too clichéd. Second half totally reeks of lousy writing.
Ram has shown his mark in portraying this easy role. There is nothing special to his performance to talk about but he makes many dull scenes livelier. His comic timing works well. Prakash Raj as Ram’s “unusual friend” is major asset to this regular drama. He gets lengthy role and the senior actor owns it. Anuapama has played cute and naïve middle class girl’s role neatly. Pranitha appears in a brief role but she looks beautiful. Sithara and Praveen make some impression in other roles.
Songs by Devi Sri Prasad are pretty average. The music director composed in his typical trademark style, yet two songs are catchy. Comedy scenes written Bejawada Prasanna Kumar have worked in some places and in some scenes they sound odd. Cinematography by Vijay C Chakrvarthy of Bommarillu fame has shown his mark in making the movie look colorful, the film is mostly shot in indoors.
Director Trinadha Rao Nakkina shown his command in the first half.
With a regular plot line and formulaic scenes, Hello Guru Prema Kosame offers nothing much beyond some hilarious moments. What really works in the film is first half of the movie as it provides some neat comedy. Rest is routine and predictable.
Hello Guru Prema Kosame review: 2.75