5/10 (Hello Guru Sollu Kosame)
Cast: Ram, Anupama Parameswaran, Prakash Raj, Pranitha Subash, Suresh, Jayaprakash, Praveen, Satya, Noel Sean, Sayaji Shinde, Posani Murali Krishna, Ramprasad, etc.
Screenplay-Direction: Trinadh Rao Nakkina
Story-Dialogues: Prasanna Kumar Bezawada
Producer: Dil Raju
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
After a 1 year gap, actor Ram Pothineni is back with his latest film Hello Guru Prema Kosame. Produced by Dil Raju and co-starring Anupama Parameswaran as the female lead, this film finds all parties involved looking for a success after a slew of flops for the actor, producer, and heroine respectively. Can Trinadh Rao Nakkina bring the much desired success and relief to their careers? Let's find out in this week's review
Plot: Sanju (Ram) comes to Hyderabad looking for a job and takes a train from Kakinada to Hyderabad. As most Telugu movies have it, it's love at first sight for Sanju when he sees Anu (Anupama Parameswaran) in the train. In a twist, they both end up at the same house as Sanju is sent to stay at his mom's friends house and his name is Viswanathan (Prakash Raj). What follows after that forms the rest of Hello Guru Prema Kosame.
Performances: It's a fact that Ram is one of the most likable actors in the Telugu film industry. But his script selection has prevented him from being in a position like Vijay Deverakonda or Nani. Ram is fabulous as Sanju and gives an excellent performance in a tailor made role in this film. His comic timing is sublime.
Anupama Parameswaran looks her best but her character is not properly written when the entire film revolves around her. She does her best to make the most of the role.
Prakash Raj is superb once again in his role of a father who turns friend/adviser to Sanju later on. His comic timing is also very good and complements Ram well in the 2nd half.
Pranitha is ok in her role. Suresh is very brief but his scene brings the house down. Praveen is alright as a mechanic who likes Anupama.
Satya, Jayaprakash, Posani, Sayaji Shinde, Ramprasad, and Noel Sean all have very frief roles and they are adequate.
Direction: Trinadh Rao Nakkina has developed his own template of films and entertainment. Pretty much it's always about a father who wants the best guy for his daughter, but an erratic and usually highly irritating and useless guy comes along and their daughter falls for him. The father is now in a dilemma as to what to do and they go through a series of events, usually a challenge thrown by the hero to the heroines father, that he will win her over and emerge victorious in the end. By the end of the film, in typical Telugu movie fashion, you have the happy ending where the guy gets the girl and convinces her father and viola, there's your film. This template is so far fetched and unrealistic but Trinadh Rao made Cinema Choopistha Maava and Nenu Local entertaining watches due to fun scenes that were incorporated throughout each films narrative and some hilarious comedy. In Hello Guru Prema Kosame, the director delivers his weakest film yet. The film has some decent comedy in the first half and a particular confusion comedy scene which is hilarious and easily the best scene in the film. The 2nd half drags on and on and the much anticipated romance between Prakash Raj and Ram after the interval turns out to be a complete damp squib. Except for a few moments, there's nothing that really generates comedy and there's not much to laugh at. The song placement is also bad and the comedy just does not work. The emotions and reasons for liking are really never explained by the heroine in the end and the ending looks extremely farcical and forced with no proper conviction. Another thing is that the Telugu audience will watch a film with no story provided it is packaged with hilarious entertainment throughout. Unfortunately, Hello Guru Prema Kosame does not feature entertaining comedy throughout and it is a missed opportunity by Trinadh Rao Nakkina to complete his hat-trick and he delivers a disappointing film this time around.
Technicalities: Music and BGM by DSP is actually disappointing. The BGM is very average and the songs are well shot but the placement is really bad. Cinematography by Vijay K Chakravarthi is excellent. The film is visually rich throughout. Dialogues by Prasanna Kumar Bezawada are ok. Editing by Harshith Reddy is shoddy. The songs are terribly placed and some scene could have edited to make things smoother. Art by Sahi Suresh is adequate. Fights are alright. Production Values by Sri Venkateswara Creations are good but one feels they could have been better considering Dil Raju's brand.
+ Ram and Prakash Raj
+ Comedy in Parts
Analysis and Final Take: As mentioned before in the direction section, the Telugu audience will watch the same film over and over again provided it's packaged with solid entertainment from start to finish.
Unfortunately, Hello Guru Prema Kosame doesn't have that. This film is the 3rd combination of Trinadh Rao and Prasanna Kumar Bezawada and their template or style of films already seems outdated with this film. The writing is pretty bad overall and the comedy only works in bits.
The film starts off nice and then proceeds into brief entertainment mode with scenes at the workplace and Pranitha's character taking up most of the time. One really wonders why the writers decided to make Anupama's character have no strength in the story when the entire film revolves around her. Ram gives a sincere performance as usual and Prakash Raj does his best to save the film too.
In romantic comedies, you usually need solid emotions to make the audience be connected or invested in the story. This film has artificial emotions from start to finish. You never really feel for the characters or root for any of them.
In the end, the film just ends up being a disappointment and another black spot on a year to forget for producer DIl Raju.
Overall, Hello Guru Prema Kosame is a nonsensical film from the staple of Dil Raju. Despite some decent comedy and good performances from Ram and Prakash Raj, this film barely any entertainment and any content to keep you engaged for the entirety of the films run-time with bad emotions, poor music, and an insubstantial story. Watch it only if you're a die hard fan of Ram.