Guna 369 Movie Review
RX 100 fame Karthikeya’s new film Guna 369 directed by Boyapati Srinu’s protege Arjun Jandhyala is out in theaters now.
What is it about?
Guna (Karthikeya) is a calm going person who has simple aims in his life. He falls in love with Geetha (Anagha) and before getting married to her he looks for a suitable groom for his sister. He chooses a guy who is a friend to his close friend (Mahesh). This guy has a spat with local rowdy Radha (Aditya Menon), who doesn’t spare anyone that doesn’t fear him. Guna’s life takes an unexpected turn when he tries to help that guy out.
Karthikeya’s performance is just okay on a whole. He is good in action sequences, but need to work on his histrionics in romance and comedy scenes. Anagha looks too normal to play the female lead, but comes up with a decent performance. Aditya Menon shines until his character lasts. Manju Bhargavi appears on screen after a very long time. Mahesh gets to play a good role and his performance is fine.
Arjun Jandhyala is caught in two minds. He couldn’t decide between making a full time commercial film and a raw and hard-hitting movie. The confusion has affected the screenplay that is too flat for the most part. He has shown flashes of brilliance in a couple of scenes, but there are far too many ups and downs in the narrative.
Dialogues are loud and lengthy. A couple of songs are okay. Background score is impressive. Cinematography is good in action sequences. Production values are impressive.
Pre Climax and Climax episodes
Pointless first half
The film starts like a regular commercial social drama with the ‘well-built’ protagonist staying away from any sort of fights to lead a peaceful life. He falls in love with a girl who works in a local mobile shop and there are many scenes woven around this ‘stale’ romance. The attempts at comedy backfires big time and Guna 369 turns out to be a tedious experience after a point. But there is a bit of hope in the form of ‘Radha’ character, the local dada who is feared by the entire town. Radha has a soft spot for Guna, which puts the latter in a spot of bother. One of Guna’s acquaintances picks up a fight with Radha and he wants to taste his blood. Guna steps into save him from Radha, but little does he know what’s in the waiting.
Guna’s life is totally changed after that incident, which also breathes life into the flat narrative and raises hopes on the second half. We expect the second half to be a thrill ride post intermission episode, but Guna turns passive again. The director banks heavily on the pre climax twist and simply passes the time with some pointless episodes till that point. The climax is an unexpected one like its interval scene. These episodes make this film watchable to an extent. These episodes can impress the mass audience. Guna 369 has the potential to become a solid mass entertainer, but the director didn’t spend enough time on penning an engaging screenplay.
The twists did make an impact, but there is nothing in between those twists, which will leave the audience displeased about the overall experience of watching the film. The producers spent good money on making a quality product but the debut director couldn’t make his two-episode story into a paisa vasool masala movie. Guna 369 may appeal to the B and C center crowds for its well choreographed fights and a couple of interesting twists.
Verdict: Guna Works In Parts!