Godha review: a movie that entertains as well as inspires
What is good about Godha is that the content is its king. The new movie directed by Basil Joseph is a film that retains his style of humor but adds a soulful story in to it which has elements like achieving dreams and supporting people. With a lot of well etched characters with emotional arcs in a technically sound movie, Godha offers a humorous and heartening experience.
Anjaneya Das is a wrestler’s son and he goes to Punjab for higher studies. He happens to meet a girl named Adithi who is a wrestler but has to face all the orthodox odds in becoming one. The film Godha is actually about the mutual influence of Adithi and Das in their respective lives and how it helps both of them in achieving their dreams.
The treatment at times will remind you of Basil’s Kunjiramayanam. Kannadikkal is very much similar to Desham in terms of characters and their diversity. Ideological clashes are also there. Basil infuses his typical humor, not just in these areas, but also in the later Punjab portions and even when the film shapes into a serious tone. The film manages to take a good look in to its three pivotal characters, Captain, Adithi and Das though visuals. The predictable amount of drama has reduced the charm slightly, but still the film looks appealing.
Tovino Thomas scores in this film mainly through his flawless effortless humor. The guy has a great timing in performing humor and he handles the emotional sequences effectively. Wamiqa Gabbi, the asli Punjabi was a real surprise who showed a dedicated performance and poured honesty in to her voice, body language and emotions. Renji Panicker as Captain has the much needed sharpness and the performance was quite impressive. The rest of the cast including Aju Varghese, Parvathy, Dharmajan, Sreejith Ravi, Hareesh, Mamukoya and several others did their portions neatly offering the much needed humor.
Basil pushes the envelope with Godha. The emotionally compelling story in the middle elevates Godha in to a better movie altogether. The kind of comparisons with films like Dangal and Sultan is pointless as it touches those films on an emotional level. The movie speaks feminism through its effective story moments and that was impressive. Visuals elevate the story telling and the cuts give more grips to the narrative. Songs were really good and the BGM was totally in sync with the mood.
Godha entertains you completely through its humor. With multiple characters with conflicts achieving bigger things by the end, the film manages to be a bit inspiring as well.
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