Move over Vimala Raman, Tabu, Meera Jasmine, Navya Nair et al.
We have a new squeeze now – Kamalinee Mukherjee. 😉
If that stupid shit Godavari (2006) has any redeeming elements, it came in the form of the talented Bengali babe Kamalinee Mukherjee.
The young lass plays the role of a feisty, independent, stubborn girl Seetamahalakshmi, who falls in love with a U.S. returned engineer Sri Ram (Sumanth), also a good samaritan who aspires to be a politician.
After seeing clowns like Kajal Agarwal and Kanagana Ranaut in Telugu films, it’s a relief to behold someone like Kamalinee Mukherjee who packs decent acting skills.
Much of film is set on a boat journey on the Godavari river from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam.
While that is a novelty, the photography of the river didn’t leave us spellbound notwithstanding the paeans sung to it in the film.
Consider us cuckoo if you want but we kinda felt that director Sekhar Kammula may have drawn some inspiration from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera. The river has a strong presence in the book and the final scenes involve a long romantic boat trip taken by Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza.
Not that Godavari has any of the grandeur of Marquez’ book. In fact none of it.
This is trite romantic shit, albeit a little polished by Telugu film standards. None of those asinine fights or silly song-dances in Switzerland in Godavari.
Sumanth plays the male romantic lead opposite Kamalinee.
The young lad is nowhere in the league of Kamalinee in the acting department. How could he be? After all, Sumanth is that bozo Nagarjuna’s nephew. 🙁
Will someone please pack that clown Neetu Chandra back to Bihar and her Taek-won-do.
An absolutely pitiful actress, even by South Indian standards, Neetu plays the character of Raji, Sumanth’s first love. Her fiancee in the movie an IPS officer Ravi (Kamal) is caricatured as a vain, self-centered fellow.
All in all, Godavari is no big deal but better than the few Telugu films we’ve seen (Ganesh, Ek Niranjan, Arya et al).