Goutham Nanda movie review: This Gopichand film insults the intelligence of the audience

Goutham Nanda movie review: The film starring Gopichand in the title role, has Hansika Motwani and Catherine Tresa as female leads. The film is written and directed by Sampath Nandi. Gopichand plays a double role in the film, which has music by S Thaman.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Updated: July 28, 2017 4:24 pm
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Goutham Nanda movie cast: Gopichand, Hansika Motwani, Catherine Tresa
Goutham Nanda  movie director:  Sampath Nandi
Goutham Nanda  movie rating: 1 star

Gopichand, who was last seen in 2015 film Soukhyam, returns to the silver screen after a gap of two years. Goutham Nanda was expected to give Gopichand a much-needed break at the box office. Instead, it is the audience who ends up craving for a break from the incoherent and nonsensical attempt at storytelling.

Goutham (Gopichand) is born with a silver spoon. He is the only son of a business tycoon played by Sachin Khedekar. Goutam leads a life of excess with his father’s blessing. His father even calls him to complain as to why his monthly bill is less than a million, and advises him to spend more.

Director Sampath Nandi has whipped up a cringeworthy story and uninteresting lead characters. Goutham, accompanied by beautiful girls, is introduced with a song shot in picturesque foreign locations. The first song is also an attempt to advise the audience to live life happily without worrying about the future and has words like “Hey Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.” Ironically, the director did not seem to have a problem in showing Goutham snorting cocaine off a girl’s shoulder.

Sampath may argue that this film is about a spoiled brat who turns into a responsible citizen after a reality check. But, the problem in the story is such a huge transformation in a character takes a long time and extraordinary efforts from the character itself. It’s highly unconvincing when Sampath tries to sell an idea that a crackhead can turn over a new leaf overnight.

It feels like there is no connection between Goutham’s character and his actions. The only scene where Goutham’s character is convincing is when he plans to crash his car into a big truck so he can feel the pain. That’s how a person who snorts cocaine would think.

Goutham has everything but he claims he has never experienced true emotions in his life that made him incapable of knowing who he is truly. So, he decides to kill himself. After he survives the car crash, he hits Nanda (Gopichand, again). Nanda also jumped in front of Goutham’s car to commit suicide because of his financial problems. Do you see where the director is going with it?

As you may have guessed, Goutham comes up with a plan of trading places with Nanda so that he can get a 30-day crash course in poverty. Goutham goes to Nanda’s house located in a low-life area in Hyderabad, while Nanda to Goutham’s castle in Bengaluru.

From there on, Goutham’s self-discovering journey becomes a tedious watch. It is like the moment Goutham steps into Nanda’s house, he achieves such a maturity that he no longer needs money or cocaine to be happy or live life to its fullest. And again, it is highly difficult to buy a second of Goutham and Nanda as characters.

And this unconvincing tale of two sides of the same coin leads to an obvious end that we saw coming a mile away.

While both the characters are forgettable, Gopichand’s performance as Nanda is an oasis in the barren stretch. Hansika Motwani as Spoorthi plays an ideal girlfriend and her character has very limited scope to make any mark. Catherine Tresa as Mugdha plays a party girl and that’s about it.

Goutham Nanda exposes director-writer Sampath, who seems incapable of creativity and logical thinking. It also shows his conviction that as long as the package is fancy, the audience will lap up any story thrown at them. Goutham Nanda is one of those commercial films that insult the intelligence of the audience.

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    Anil reddy
    Oct 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm
    Such an awesome movie .How can u give only one star , it deserves 4 or 3 stars atleast. seems like personal grudges
    1. A
      Oct 20, 2017 at 11:38 am
      How does it deserve even that one star and you just went to 4 or 5 stars? So predictable story and very far from reality. I don't think any billionaire who came up like in that story would like to have their son's lifestyle be like that. I would say get your facts straight before making a movie or don't make it at all. Or just completely jump into Sci-fi, just please don't degrade, quality of Indian cinema.
    2. S
      Oct 19, 2017 at 11:50 am
      This is the exact reason why I always go for Indian Express movie reviews. I just feel bad that by default, reviews from other sites are shown on the top of the search, reviews that are biased and I often feel, even paid for. To quote an example. I watched Shivaay in theatres and was thoroughly disappointed. I searched online to see if this movie had garnered even one positive review and was shocked to find top sites giving the movie above average rating while it was exactly the opposite. Indian Express is the ONLY site that was unbiased and literally stole words out of my mouth in their review about the movie which was poor in it's plot and exaggerated for too long. Felt bad I hadn't seen it sooner, could have saved my HARD EARNED MONEY. I just hope more people realize the essence of a good movie and go for your reviews in search for such movies. Thanks to your team, I spend for only "quality entertainment" now... Please.. Never change and feel free to use my review about you.. :)
      1. U
        Aug 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm
        Good Evening Dear Manoj, Sorry to say your review is not up to the standard. Movie is quite watchable and not that bad as you furnished. You can not expect a natural day to day life in the movies. Otherwise they are not movies. At large you created an impression deliberately, you dislike Mr. Gopichand movies. Regards, Mahesh Regards
        1. Sankar Sravz
          Aug 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm
          Well said reviewer.. I am really happy to see your review. There are still sane people left in this planet. The movie is really bad. Very poor direction and nonsense storyline and music. Everyone's acting doesn't feel real. It's too irritating as the acting is not genuine which is completely director's mistake. He seems to okay every scene in the first take to not hurt the actors. Really annoying. The director can't even convey what he wants to say.
          1. R
            Jul 30, 2017 at 11:29 am
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