Radha Mohan's Gouravam, which is the launchpad of Allu Sirish, the son of noted Telugu producer Allu Aravind, has garnered mixed reviews. The film, which was simultaneously released in Telugu and Tamil with the same title, has got better response in Andhra Pradesh than in Tamil Nadu.
Gouravam is made on a social evil and the content of the film seems to have attracted only a section of people both in Tamil Nadu and Andhra. Adding to that, the absence of regular commercial elements has failed to large extent.
However, critics have given mixed reviews for Gouravam. While the underlining points of the film are content, performances of the young and senior actors and the message, the main drawback is lack of entertainment values. Nonetheless, people have praised Allu Sirish for choosing an off-beat film to make his debut as an actor rather than opting for commercial potboiler just like his brother Allu Arjun and his cousin Ram Charan Teja.
Gouravam also features Yami Gautham, Nassar, Elango Kumaravel, Sricharan and Anupama Kumar in the cast. Follow the slideshow to read multiple reviews written by various website and newspaper...
Gouravam is proof that you need more than good intentions to make a movie about a social evil. The film is a social drama that unfolds as a mystery but the catch is that unless you have been living under a rock, you would know its revelations even as its sets up its plot.
Even the performances feel functional. Sirish broods, Yami consoles, Prakash Raj simmers, Sricharan smiles, Nasser explains and that's that. In the end, you do not experience a punch-in-the-gut feeling when the fate of Shanmugam and Rajeswari is revealed. You do feel a sense of righteousness but regrettably, that emotion is only similar to that smug sense of satisfaction you derive after sharing a social message on Facebook or Twitter.
Honour killing is not a subject for commercial cinema. Director Radha Mohan and his producer Prakash Raj has to be applauded for making this bilingual and trying to bring in the much needed change of mindset in our society. Radha Mohan has definitely made the film without succumbing to any trappings of commercial cinema or heroism. It moves at snail pace, is predictable and has docu-drama feel to it. The performances do no impress much.
The director must be complimented for approaching the matter from the third person, rather than from the angle of one of the lovers or a family member. Perhaps this approach, has led too more of detailing of peripheral characters and less of emotional connect, giving the film a documentary feel.
123 Telugu Review
The story of the film is unique and intense. Allu Sirish makes a decent debut with Gouravam. Rather than choosing a routine and commercial entertainer, he has acted in an author backed role. Though the film is thought provoking, it is slow. First half of the movie is very long. Song, dance and other commercial elements are completely absent in the movie. Climax of the film is a bit preachy.