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Godavari (2006)

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Godavari is a film about Sreeram, Seeta and the river cruise from Rajamundry to Bhadrachalam that brings them together. It is a semi-urban love story set against the scenic backdrop of the Godavari river aboard a houseboat also called “Godavari.”

Sreeram, also Ram (Sumanth) finishes his masters from United States but wishes to serve the people by entering the politics. He lives with his grandmother. He’s in love with his cousin Raji (Neetu Chandra) and hopes to marry her. Raji’s father (CVL Narasimha Rao) often expresses his dislike towards Ram’s professional interests and his financial status. And for the same reason he does not want to marry off his daughter to him. Meanwhile, Seetha (Kamalinee) is a fashion designer who runs an unsuccessful clothing boutique. Her parents are not very keen about her business and want her to get married instead. Seetha, being an independent woman who wants to succeed in her life, is not enthusiastic about the idea; however, circumstances force her to reluctantly agree with her parents. Unfortunately, the marriage alliance doesn’t work out as the groom’s family feels that she is ‘progressive and fast’. To take a break from everything she plans to go on a boat journey to Bhadrachalam.

Meanwhile, Raji gets a marriage proposal from Ravi (Kamal Kamaraju), a self-centred IPS officer. Raji conveys that she’s not sure about her feelings for Ram. Taking that as a challenge, Ram says that he will prove his worth to her father and win her hand. He works on a project with a company and earns 1 lakh rupees. The happy and excited Ram, rushes to share this news with Raji. But soon realises that she has already agreed to marry Ravi and remains silent. A heartbroken but realistic Ram is forced to join his family on the river journey to Bhadrachalam, where Raji is to get married. It is on this boat cruise that Ram and Seetha meet. There are also several sub stories involving the other characters on the boat house. Along with Ram, his family and Seeta, the others on the ship include:

Captain Chintamani and subordinates: Captain Chintamani Tanikella Bharani announcements, decides on gets on the boat and his a romantic interest is Pullammaa.
Pullatlla Pullamma: She prepares and serves Pullattlu, a variety of dosa. She has a brother who sings well.
Astrologer and the parrot: On the recommendation of Pullamma and owner’s subordinate. One day the astrologer asks the parrot to predict his own future. It says that he is going to lose everything. The next day the parrot flies away leaving him with nothing.
Chinna: On the ghats of Godavari, a 10-year old kid, Chinna sells balloons. While he is away, a person in red shirt (as he sees him) cuts the ropes of his balloons as they block his face. To find out who did that and to collect the compensatory amount he gets on the boat without a ticket.
Kotigadu: A street dog often bullied by others in his group. To get rid of them, the dog follows Chinna and lands on the deck of the boat. They both end up good friends by the end of the journey.
Factionist and his daughter: The factionist tries to escape from his enemies and boards the train along with his pregnant daughter. But however, they are found by the enemies and a fight starts on the boat where Ram rescues them.

Ram and Seeta meet each for the first time when she is walking the ramp that leads to the ship from the shore with great difficulty. Ram who is behind her on the plank lifts her in his arms, walks through the ramp and releases her on the boat. According to him her easing her efforts while Seeta demands him for an apology for touching her without her permission. The easy-going Ram apologises and proceeds. And their next meeting is on the boat’s deck, both reading books and munching chips. Seeta mistakes Ram’s pack of chips for hers and eats them greedily. And both start pulling and tugging the pack, until she leaves the deck with the chips. After seeing her chips in her room cabin she realizes her stupidity and returns the new pack to Ram, where they officially meet each other. He salutes her with a half-Namaste with this right hand held on his chest. During the journey, Pullamma’s brother sings a song and gets tipped by Ram. Pullamma gets offended by this and rejects to give pullattlu to Ram. Seeta brings extra pullattlu for him and they have breakfast on the edge plank of the boat hanging their feet in the water and get to know about each other.

Seeta starts writing a diary to record her memories on her trip and she starts it with Ram. And the relation between Ram and Seeta goes through ups and down all through the journey. She tries to woo Ram many times by wearing sari as she has observed him earlier staring at his cousin, Raji who looked stunning in a white sari. During a halt in their journey, the owner organizes a treasure-hunt and they both team up as one. All through the event, Seeta tries to find Ram’s feelings for her, but he simply nods and smiles; neither accepting nor rejecting her. They will be just one step away from the treasure and just ahead of Chinna and Kotigadu who are another team. Seeta asks Ram to let them win, thus earning Ram’s admiration. Meanwhile, Raji and Ravi’s team are lost in the hunt as Raji misguides at a point. And she finds out about Ravi that he doesn’t have much expectation from his wife.

A disappointed Raji asks Ram to marry her. Ram says he is going to pick her up at a specific location and plans to send it through Chinna. Seeta and Raji secretly stay behind letting the boat leave them along with the astrologer. Chinna swallows the chit given to him by Ram as he is well aware of the affection of Seeta for Ram. Raji along with others waits at a shore as she is told by Seeta that he would come and pick her up from there. But Ram never turns up, instead boat returns to get them as they find them missing. Seeing this Raji asks Seeta not to say the family about the eloping plan and simply covers up that they were lost sight seeing. By seeing that Ram still chooses to marry Raji, Seeta gets deeply hurt and leaves the boat after reaching Badrachalam.

After the wedding, Ram misses Seeta and visits her room on their return journey. There he finds her diary and understands her feelings for him. He goes to her place to speak with her. After pursuing for a long time, she agrees to take a walk with him where he proposes her for marriage and explains her that the chit meant to given to Raji about the location was blank, meaning he never had the intention of marrying her. Listening to this, Seeta is all happy and after making the promise that if in future she seeks his favours, he would confront Raji, rather than sympathising her.

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CAST

  • Sumanth as Ram (Sreeram)
  • Kamalinee Mukherjee as Seetha (Seetha Mahalakshmi)
  • Neetu Chandra as Raji (Rajeswari)
  • C.V.L Narasimha Rao as Seetha’s father
  • Kamal Kamaraju as Ravi (Ravindra)
  • Tanikella Bharani as Captain Chintamani
  • Shiva as Chinna
  • Gangadhar Panday as TDP Guyl

AWARDS

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
Nandi Awards Best Film G. V. G. Raju Won
Best Director Sekhar Kammula Won
Best Music K. M. Radha Krishnan Won
Best Cinematographer Vijay C. Kumar Won
Best Playback Singer – Female Sunitha (for “Andangalena”) Won
54th Filmfare Awards South Best Film G. V. G. Raju Nominated
Best Director Sekhar Kammula Nominated
Best Actress Kamalinee Mukherjee Nominated
Best Music K. M. Radha Krishnan Nominated
Best Lyrics Veturi Sundararama Murthy (for “Uppongele Godavari”) Won
Best Playback Singer – Female K. S. Chitra (for “Manasa Vaacha”) Nominated

SOUNDTRACK: Click here to listen.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. “Uppongele Godavari” S.P.Balasubrahmanyam 4:49
2. “Andangalena” Sunitha 4:21
3. “Manasa Gelupu” Shankar Mahadevan, K.S.Chithra & K. M. Radha Krishnan 4:06
4. “Tippulu Tappulu” Shreya Ghoshal 4:23
5. “Manasa Vaacha” K.S. Chitra, P. Unnikrishnan 4:49
6. “Raama Chakkani” Gayathri 3:53

CREW
Director: Sekhar Kammula
Screenplay: Sekhar Kammula
Story: Sekhar Kammula
Dialogue: Sekhar Kammula
Producer: G.V.G Raju
Music: K.M. Radha Krishnan
Cinematography: Vijay C. Kumar
Editor: Marthand K. Venkatesh
Lyrics: Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Art Direction: Kishore Choksey
Costume Designer: Aravind Joshua

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