Mahesh Babu’s ‘Guntur Kaaram’ beats Pushpa and Salaar at the Box Office

According to preliminary estimates of the movie's opening day receipts, the action movie has brought in Rs 44.50 crore.

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The eagerly awaited film “Guntur Kaaram” starring Mahesh Babu debuted in theatres on Friday, January 12. Trade reports state that the movie has given the Telugu cinema industry a great start for the new year.

“Guntur Kaaram,” starring Trivikram Srinivas, made about Rs 45 crore on its opening day in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. With 74.67% in morning programs, 61.43% in afternoon shows, and 69.89% in evening shows, the movie’s overall Telugu occupancy was 68.66%. Additionally, it is been stated that ‘Guntur Kaaram’ has outperformed Allu Arjun’s intense Telugu blockbuster ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ in terms of opening collections. “Pushpa” brought in Rs 35.50 crore to the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana government.

Written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas, ‘Guntur Kaaram’ is a commercial entertainer with Mahesh Babu playing the lead. The film is his first role since the 2022 release, ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’. Apart from Babu, the film also stars Meenakshi Chaudhary and Sreeleela in pivotal roles. The music has been composed by S Thaman. ‘Guntur Kaaram’ arrived in theatres on January 12. Produced by Haarika & Hassine Creations, the film has music composed by Thaman, editing by Naveen Nooli and cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa and PS Vinod.

Guntur Kaaram’s review

It is fascinating to ponder love stories involving friends (like Salaar and RRR) and now parents (like Animal, Hi Nanna, and Guntur Kaaram). Although the tone and plots of each of these films vary, it seems like there are too many mommy-daddy-friend problems these days. Our male leads must be able to express their angst in other ways, right? Nobody knew what Guntur Kaaram was about until they entered the theatre since the film’s creators kept the plot details close to the vest. However, this movie is not at all what you would think it would be—a commercial potboiler with little depth. Not that Trivikram doesn’t try hard enough to make this enough effort to make it like an emotional rollercoaster.

It’s difficult to find ease and swagger like Mahesh’s portrayal of Ramana. He is smoking and elegantly lighting Beedis. His conversation is full of irony, and you have to laugh at parts of its ridiculousness. He’s self-aware and calling out his family left and right for their flaws…you get the drift. The only reason this bland picture ever comes close to working is Mahesh. Is the actor’s sheer willpower and ability to swim against the tide sufficient to keep this movie afloat? An amusing moment in which Ramana is inebriated and tries to figure out why he’s there, who’s plotting his murder, and where the tale is going leaves you, the viewer, feeling that way halfway through the movie. Manoj Paramahamsa’s cinematography likewise attempts to provide energy to the proceedings, but it is limited in its effectiveness by prioritizing style above content.

The easiest way to describe Guntur Kaaram’s plot is as a collection of sequences that either go on too long, don’t focus on feelings enough, cut off too soon, or worse, are used as fillers. Trivikram will undermine Ramana’s situation and the reason behind his mother’s abandonment before you even begin to empathize with him. Mahesh’s character has very few opportunities throughout the movie to fully express his emotions and take a deep breath.

Old-fashioned action sequences and stale gags don’t help, and Thaman’s background score occasionally drowns out the conversation. Trivikram’s earlier films, such as Attarintiki Daredi and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, are reminiscent of this one, although he could have done better if he had concentrated. The caste angle feels like posturing, and the power relationships are nothing new. Instead, when Ramana’s granddad gets too nasty, you are merely given a tonne more evil guys for him to take down.

By: Gursharan Kaur

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