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Gangaputrulu – Movie Review

By Ramchander

Gangaputrulu is a film made on a realistic subject. The film tries to explain the travails of fishermen and poor people of a region. It is a film, which explains the agony of the people, who live on a ancestral profession. The director has left no stone unturned to explain how the mechanised boats brought misery in the lives of fishermen, with a love story as an undercurrent.


There are three friends named Parugu, Bosu and Sattibabu. While the first two are hard workers and eke out their living by fishing, Sattibabu is a carefree guy. Nukalu of the same village falls in love with Bosu, but he fears to accept her love as he himself is unable to stand on his own . After the Sompeta firing incident, and with the industrialists planning to start new industries, the quality of fish dwindles and so is the fishermen community too. At this juncture, Ajay (Subbaraju) decides to start a marine company in the village. He runs a company called Real Rise. Meanwhile, Swapna (Gayatri), a reporter from a private channel visits the village to highlight the plight of the fishermen. She finds that the fishermen are in penury and the launch of Real Rise company would have a harsh impact on the lives of the hapless fishermen. What happened to the love between Nukalu and Bosu? Will Swapna succeeds in her attempt to highlight fishermen problems? Answers to all these questions form part of the other half of the movie.


Performance by Tanmayi, Ramki and Mahesh are superb. Their performance made the audiences spell-bound despite their deglamourous look as poor villagers and fishermen. Especially, the director has highlighted the innocence, self-respect and ignorance which are generally visible in any of the fishermen village in normal life. Though had a very small screen presence, the performance of LB Sriram and the dialogues penned for his character are worth watching. Almost all the artistes, who were part of the cast have done justice to their roles. Subbaraju looks good as a business tycoon, while Rao Ramesh has done his best as the chief of a TV channel. But Gayatri has failed to to make an impact.


The director has visualised the village flavour and has moulded it well. Especially, the efforts of a girl to seduce her lover by trying to make-up with talcum power, lipstick and other such make-up material to shed the smell of fish, as he was against marrying her. The cinematography is extra-ordinary and the cinematographer has done his best in showcasing the beauty of a village. The music is sensible. The lyrics are sensuous and the dialogues are thought-provoking. The director needs to be complimented for penning a gripping screenplay. However, the commercial values of the film are very poor and the success of the film depends only on the mouth publicity.


Once, making a film was a penance for our directors and producers, who brought out several classics in 70s and 80s. You just can"t ignore to watch films like Devadasu, Malleswari, Patala Bhairavi and other such films. They continue to extend their flavour despite the fact that they were released some decades ago.

Cast: Subbaraju, Gayatri, L.B. Sriram, Rao Ramesh, Kallu Chidambaram, Tanmayi, Ramki, Mahesh and others

Credits: Music – Praveen Kumar, Producers: Y Ravindrababu & Kishori Basireddy, Story, screenplay and direction: Sunil Kumar Reddy

Banner: KBR Productions & Sravya Films

Released on: March 25, 2011

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