Hello Guru Prema Kosame Review: A thin and predictable love story
Ram leads the way with an earnest performance that doesn’t miss a beat; the film completely belongs to him and his presence is its biggest strength
In the tradition of many a lackluster romantic comedy comes Hello Guru Prema Kosame, another bland film that is marred by an outdated plot and insipid writing. The film's script doesn't speak of emotions, but you will succumb to its puerile attempts at making you laugh.
Directed by Trinadha Rao Nakkina, the film has Ram Pothineni as Sanju, a youth from Kakinada, who moves to Hyderabad to work in a software company. His mother insists that he stay at her friend, Viswanath's (Prakash Raj) house and that’s where he bumps into the latter's daughter, Anupama (Anupama Parameswaran).
Like any other middle-class father, Viswanath is someone who wants to give his daughter the best of everything. After some thought, he decides to find her a suitor. It’s a plot point that has been narrated over and over again. At the same time, Viswanath is a person who wants to be true to his friendship. The point of conflict seems interesting, but the resolution is way too easy and formulaic.
The moral dilemma of Viswanath on which path to choose could have been a solid foundation for the ensuing drama. But, this is where the director falters. Instead of narrating a story, he merely assembles random bits, employing inane logic to justify a predictable conclusion. Had he taken the pains to flesh out his characters, the film could have actually worked.
The film is essentially about Sanju and Anupama. But the focus, however, is on Sanju, and his gyaan to his friend Viswanath, which often comes across as over-the-top. Some of the scenes are so obvious that you feel like they’ve been borrowed from a book for romcoms. Apart from the first hour, which offers some genuine moments to giggle, the rest of the film is one bitter pill to swallow.
Anupama's character seems pointless. She neither expresses her feelings nor seeks any direction in her love. She just goes with the flow. The director doesn't take any effort to show what she feels for Sanju and instead, covers it up with yet another superfluous logic for connecting the dots in the tale.
Despite these shortcomings, the bromance between Sanju and Viswanath at the center of the story stays with you. Ram leads the way with an earnest performance that doesn’t miss a beat. The film completely belongs to him and his presence is its biggest strength. Prakash Raj complements Ram effortlessly in his own inimitable style.
Devi Sri Prasad’s music and background score lack vigour and it’s quite evident that he has failed to recreate the magic of Nenu Sailaja.
Overall, Hello Guru Prema Kosame is a below-average film with hardly anything new to offer. Watch it if you are a sucker for predictable romcoms.