'Laugh, and the world laughs with you,' seems to be E V V Satyanarayana's policy.
And so the laughs continue unabated in his films. Goppinti Alludu too
has its share of mirthful laughter.
It is a simple plot. Balakrishna, who does not want to marry the girl that his
father S P Balasubramanyam has chosen for him, runs away to Switzerland, where
he encounters Simran who is lost in the new country. After unnecessarily haranguing
her (all in a good spirit, of course) and singing a high-handed song, Balakrishna
falls in love with Simran. Ditto with Simran.
But they cannot marry because of many reasons. One of them being that Simran
is the illegitimate granddaughter of Satyanarayana, who, in spite of this fact,
loves her dearly. But the main reason is that S P Balasubramanyam, who goes
to talk about the marriage proposal to Satyanarayana, happens to crash into
Satyanarayana himself. Simran's sister, who is waiting like a snake in the grass
to shed her venom on her sister, albeit secretly, induces her uncles and aunts
to beat up Balasubramaniam.
Bowing down to the wishes of Balasubramaniam, Balakrishna does not go to settle
scores. Instead, he decides to go as the cook of the house so that he can reform
them, and make them agree to their marriage. (Aren't you reminded of a Govinda
film? You have company, so are we.) We all know what the outcome would be, so
let's leave aside talk about the rest.
The movie perfectly suits the image of Balakrishna, and the script gives him
ample scope to display his mannerisms; the only problem is that he seems to
be on the wrong side of forty. Simran, as the Cinderella of the house, looks
as if she has lost something. Sanghavi, as the venomous sister, does a wonderful
job. In fact, she excels so well in the role that she completely overshadows
Simran. And then there is the comedy brigade of Kota Srinivasa Rao, Mallikarjun
and L B Sriram who add to the laughs.
Goppinti Alludu is a laugh riot all through, you'll enjoy it.