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.