Review : Gaddhalakonda Ganesh

Mega hero Varun Tej and director Harish Shankar’s gangster comedy, Valmiki’s titled has been changed as GaddalaKonda Ganesh in the last minute. Promoted as an official remake of Tamil film, Jigarthanda, amidst decent buzz, the film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it goes.


In the process of making an authentic gangster drama, a budding director named Abhilash( Atharvaa Murali) approaches real gangster the deadly Gaddalakonda Ganesh(Varun Tej). Will Abhilash succeed in making a film on the life story of Ganesh? What kind of hurdles will he go through in the entire process? Is there any backstory behind Ganesh turning into gangster? To know this, you have to catch the film in the theaters near you.


Looks like, director Harish Shankar had taken only the core point from the Tamil film, Jigarthanda and made required changes to suit our Telugu sensibilities. He completely focused on presenting Varun Tej is a massy role and succeeded to an extent. As the film is an official remake, there is nothing new to say about it but the screenplay and the narration lacks proper depth in both the halves. If Harish has had taken care of the above-mentioned aspects the result could have been even better.

Coming to lead artists performances, Varun Tej as a deadly goon, Gaddalakonda Ganesh is the major highlight of the film. His massy makeover and screen presence bring a lot of depth to the proceedings. But a few scenes of him look over the top with laud and resound dialogues. Yet another actor Atharvaa Murali is just okay in the film as all his scenes are flat and lacks emotional connect in them.

Star heroine Pooja Hegde is good in her eye candy role and young beauty Mrinalini Ravi is convincing in her fun-filled role. Comedian Satya is decent in the given friend role.

Gagana Veedhilo song has been shoot lavishly and the recreation of Elluvachi Godaramma is also canned decently.

Plus Points:

Varun Tej’s makeover



Too loud at parts

Disappointing background score

Atharvaa Murali’s role

Lack of emotional connect


All in all, GaddalaKonda Ganesh is a mass comedy entertainer which impressed at parts. Varun Tej’s screen presence and all his elevation scenes will attract the fans big-time but lack of proper connectivity and forced emotions to make the film a below-average fare.

Rating: 2.5/5

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