Release date: September 20, 2019
Starring: Varun Tej, Atharvaa, Pooja Hegde, Mirnalini Ravi
Director: Harish Shankar
Producers: Achanta Ramu, Achanta Gopinath
Music Director: Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography: Ayananka Bose
Editor: Chota K Prasad
The title of Varun Tej’s Valmiki was changed to Gaddhalakonda Ganesh in the last minute due to a few minor disputes. The film hit the big screens today amidst good buzz and anticipation.
The gangster drama is an official remake of Tamil blockbuster Jigarthanda. Let us check how the film turns out to be.
Gaddhalakonda Ganesh is a dreaded gangster who is ruthless and stonehearted. One day, he meets an aspiring filmmaker who dreams of directing a gangster drama. However, their lives take interesting twists and turn henceforth. The rest of the story unveils the exciting journey of these two contrasting characters.
This is easily one of the best performance in Varun Tej’s career. He looks apt in the role of a dreaded gangster. His makeover is simply outstanding and gives a whole new layer to the film. His dialect and screen presence is unlike any of his previous works, and this shows that he can carry any character with grace.
Mrinalini is the female lead, and she does an excellent job. She has a girl next door looks, and that fits the bill perfectly. Pooja Hegde also gets a good role, and she emotes well. Her chemistry with Varun Tej is refreshing, and it is portrayed pretty decently.
Atharvaa is a noted Tamil actor, and he manages to come up with an impressive performance in his debut Telugu film. He emotes very well.
The other supporting cast gets meaty roles, and they do what is needed of them.
Harish Shankar picked a good subject and gave it his own touch. He caters largely to the mass audience, and he delivers to an extent. His gripping writing is a big plus. The story is a tad routine, but he laces it with pacy screenplay and makes it a fun ride through and through
Music by Mickey J Mayer is adequate. The songs are good to hear. The background score deserves a special mention as it is of top-notch quality. The re-recording is very impressive as well.
Cinematography by Bose is exquisite. He showcases the vibe of the film with his rusty colour palette. He adds a whole lot of depth to the proceedings with his impressive work behind the lens.
Gaddhalakonda Ganesh has quite a few similarities with Jigarthanda, but it has a slightly modified plot that suits the Telugu audience. Harish Shankar proves that he is a director who knows the pulse of the masses. There are a few minor hiccups, but Gaddalakonda Ganesh keeps the viewer engaged for most parts.