“Geetha Govindam”… Overlong and over-dramatic, but this entertaining romance more or less works

Posted on August 18, 2018

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Spoilers ahead…

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An early scene by a bus stop perfectly sets up the protagonist of Geetha Govindam. Vijay (Vijay Deverakonda) is doing one of those stalkery wooing numbers, trying to catch the eye of a pretty woman (Anu Emmanuel). He’s been trying to catch her eye for six months now, but nothing has worked, so he hires some goons to play-act and rough him up, so that she will look his way and he can finally talk to her. But there’s a twist. The goons arrive, but Vijay discovers the girl is unavailable. She’s been on to him. She extends a hand to wish him luck in finding The One, but he won’t even touch someone who is attached to someone else. This is who Vijay is, a not-too-bright twenty-something with an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, torn between hormonal pulls and the ideal of “pure love.”

There’s a bit of karma at work here. Later, when Vijay really roughs up some men who misbehave with Geetha (Rashmika Mandanna, from Kirik Party), she doesn’t believe him. She thinks he’s hired them to impress her. She thinks he’s the devil incarnate (something happened on the bus they were travelling), and he wants to desperately convince her that at least a large part of him is an angel. He even launches into a long speech about looking for his mother in the girl he will marry. If you ask me, that sounds more creepy than whatever Geetha thinks Vijay has done — but in Tamil cinema, we call this the amma sentiment. We also get the brother-sister sentiment, the large-family sentiment (with a grandparent’s illness necessitating an insta-wedding), scenarios involving family honour, and even a scene where Vijay’s father is so convinced his son is an angel that he declares he will die if Vijay has a hint of the devil in him.

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