There's a certain kind of cinema you have to admire. The kind that knows exactly what it is. Gola Seenu is one such movie that knows its job - to provide lightweight entertainment, in case you don't get tickets to this week's bigger release
.Two things stand in the way of it being a thorough entertainer: 1. Sri, and, 2. Most of it is mind-numbingly boring.
Let's get the plot out of the way, first. So, Seenu (Sri) is rather loose of hand, foot and tongue. He and his friends Achi Raju (Raghu Babu) and Buchi Raju (Suman Shetty) owe a gangster a lot of money. Fortunately for them, Seenu falls in love with Sandhya (Tashu Kaushik), the daughter of an industrialist.
At the end of a what-passes-for-brain-storming session, the three come up with the idea of kidnapping Sandhya, ransoming her, marrying her to Seenu, and sending them off into the sunset.
Problem? Sandhya thinks Seenu is a good guy. Which he is not. Another problem? Sandhya isn't exactly what she seems either.
So, now that that's over, let's figure out the problems with the movie.
Problem No. 1: Sri - a decent enough actor, but make him do the whole lover-boy stuff, and he turns positively repulsive. Lascivious once-overs and utterly fake blushes do not a lover-boy make.
Problem No. 2: IT IS BORING! - From the begging to the end, Gola Seenu is obviously an exercise in buffoonery and self deprecation, straight from the Allari Naresh School Of Buffoonery And Self Deprecation. But then, minus Allari Naresh's energy, and, when the most creativity used by the makers is in tweaking popular punch lines, the aforementioned exercise falls flat on its face, and makes us want to cover ours with a blanket, and doze off. Moments that actually make you laugh out loud are few and far between.
As far as the performances are concerned, Sri, as we said, is OK. Leading lady Tashu could learn to do things with her face other than that pout and narrow her eyes.
The rest of the cast, including thoroughly seasoned actors like Raghu Babu, Suman Shetty and Kota Srinivasa Rao, are only as good as the script allows them to be, which is not very.
The only reaction that the music will bring forth in you is "Where have I heard this before?", and the visuals betray the low production values of the movie, making it resemble the average Telugu TV show.
The only time you should be watching Gola Seenu is when it's on TV and there's nothing else to watch. Or else, give it a miss.