Heard of the term Cinema Kashtalu? Meet Govinda Rao, bus driver. A middle
class wage earner, Govinda Rao (L B Sreeram) has two unmarried daughters, a disrespectful
and useless son, a widowed sister, an obnoxious old father, a daughter whose marriage
is on the rocks and the worst of it all, debts. They somehow forgot to make him
a leukamia patient whose days are numbered.
This has to be one of the most excruciatingly painful sob stories ever. To conceptualize
and visualize a storyline is the easy part - but to convert it into a watchable
movie on the silver screen is what the art is all about. EVV attempts to highlight
the plight of a middle class male, but he puts so much emphasis on showing us
the plight that the audience, at the very first chance, took flight.
The trials and tribulations of poor Govinda Rao, and the storms that life throws
at him, are what this flick is all about. Also added in the script is a love story,
some much-needed comedy for relief, and songs. The intention to discuss the problems
of the middle class is commendable and the title is apt since the first of every
month is both a boon and bane - boon because you get your pay packet, and bane
because you have never-ending bills to pay.
But the constant sequence of sob scenes makes viewing unbearable. There are too
many sad moments, and it is the comedy provided by some of the top comics of Tollywood
that is the saving grace. The movie ends on a happy note, and the closing sermon
is that if each family member does his/her bit, all will be hunky dory.
All the characters have tried their best to perform in the limited and stereotyped
roles. The music is bland and rushed. Careful direction that was vital in handling
a subject like is sadly missing. Be prepared for an overdose of pitiful sorrows
and acute boredom, if you, despite all warnings, go ahead and watch it.