Goodachari Movie Review: It Takes The Spy Genre To Another Level

Goodachari Movie Review: It Takes The Spy Genre To Another Level

Goodachari Movie Review: Adivi Shesh's movie is the spy thriller we needed
Goodachari Movie Review: It Takes The Spy Genre To Another Level
Movie NameGoodachari
DirectorShashi Kiran Tikka
ActorAdivi Shesh, Prakash Raj, Jagpathi Babu, Sobhita Dhulipala

In  the flash  of  a moment,  the world changes  colours from white to black. This is the dark unplumbed  world  of espionage  brought to the screen many times with various degrees of success.For once, Goodachari gets it right. 

I can’t remember the last time I  saw a truly satisfying and  complete spy film where all the loose ends  tied  up effortlessly at the end. Like a box used to gift-wrap a present  that has too many protrusions  spy films in India tend  to be all over the place.Here, there is fluency and virility to the  narrative that  is  neither borrowed not strained.

Original and provocative, Goodachari is that rare espionage drama where  all the  incidents and characters  remain  true to character, even when  they are exposed to be leading  double lives. There  is a vibrant fulsome ring to  the  narration (no doubt  aggrandized by  the harmonized  background score by Shricharan Pakala and  the constantly probing yet non-judgmental cinematography by Shaneil Deo) as  though the  director is so sure of  his characters that he allows them to act  out of  character without the risk of courting illogicality.

Moving stealthily and surely  at least a few steps ahead of  the audience, the narrative  never lets the momentum flag. Goodachari keeps us on tenterhooks. The first movement  of  the  plot builds  up to a steamy yet solid  midpoint eruption when our hero  Arjun (Adivi Shesh, in his element) is caught in a crisis that challenges not only his identity but also the  very raison d’etre  of  Intelligence organizations where the line demarcating the dared  from  the  forbidden is as thin as the boundary between the living and the dead. The  post-midpoint  moment is a cat-and-mouse chase  shot like  a jungle safari where the  hunter and  the hunted become bonded by  a mutual death wish. 

Not a moment is frittered in  the  kind of  skittishness that  is so much part of Telugu cinema.  No comic relief, thank God, and certainly  a plethora  of cosmic  disbelief as  layer after layer of subterfuge  is laid bare by  a narrative that knows no respite. Standing tall  over the  remarkably hectic  plot is  leading man Adivi Shesh. Sinewy and  dexterous he  makes the  protagonist’s search for  his identity a far greater voyage than  the personal. Adivi  handles  the action scenes adroitly and deftly, not allowing the physical  heroics to overpower the inherent drama  of  the  rapidly-mutating plot.

This was  a theme  seen in Adivi Shesh’s earlier  blockbuster Kshanam, which though an action-drama, never fell prey to self-congratulation. Goodachari knows it’s on  a to a  good thing.  Rather than pat its back it taps and milks the action-espionage  genre for all its worth.

I for one,  can’t wait for Goodchari to come  back to screen. He is no Ethan Hunt. But that doesn’t make his mission any less impossible.