‘Govindu’ (Manoj) is a young man who decides to commit suicide. He meets ‘Venkat Ratnam’ (Posani Krishna Murali) at the suicide point. As Venkat is also there to end his life, the duo decides to sit down for a last drink. Over drinks, they begin opening up about their problems. Govindu starts narrating his four love stories that have led him to his current situation.
His first love story is with ‘Vaidehi’ (Simaran Kaur), a Brahmin girl. Though both like each other, their love story comes to a sudden halt when Vaidehi’s father disapproves their relationship. Second one is with ‘Mumtaz’ (Sakshi Chowdhary). Their love progresses rather smoothly until one day Govindu in inebriated state comments vulgarly about Mumtaz. Third one is with a foreigner named ‘Stacy’ (Rachel), which also ends badly.
Finally the fourth is with ‘Mary’ (Anu Priya). It is with this girl that Govindu experiences real love and enjoys spending time with her. But things take a turn for the worse when he gets to know the truth about Mary, which leads him to take the drastic step.
What happens next forms the rest of the story.
Cast: Manchu Manoj, Simran Kaur, Anu Priya, Sakshi Chowdhary, Rachel, Chandra Mohan, Posani Krishna Murali
Director: Pavan Wadeyar
Music: Achu Rajamani
Editing: M R Varmaa
Producers: Sireesha Lagadapati and Sreedhar Lagadapati
‘Potugadu’, Manchu Manoj’s latest film, features songs sung by him as well as Tamil star Simbu. It is the re-make of Kannada hit film ‘Govindaya Namaha’, which was also directed by Pavan Wadeyar. Though the story has nothing much to offer, the presentation of the story is new to Telugu audience.
It is Manoj all the way in the film. He carries the film on his shoulders, while the others offer some support. He has tried to imitate his father Mohan Babu in a few scenes, but that has not worked out well. His histrionics aren’t very enjoyable. Overall the film has been made to showcase Manoj’s versatility.
The four lead ladies have no scope to perform.
Actor turned writer Posani leaves a mark in a memorable role. The comedy scenes of Posani and Manoj have worked out well.
The first half of the film progresses at a good pace and keeps the audience hooked, while the second half is nothing to write home about.
Music director Achu has scored some impressive tunes, while Srikanth’s camera work is appreciable.
Watch the movie for:
· Well written first half
· Achu’s music
Skip the movie for:
· Double entendre dialogues
· Boring love stories
· Second half
On the whole, the film could have been much better.