Outdated boxing drama
Drama, Sports • UA
What is the film about?
Ghani (Varun Tej) is the son of a spotted boxer. His father is caught cheating by using drugs and substances while boxing. He is called a cheater. The basic plot of the film is how Ghani absolves his father’s name and achieves his goal (a dream of his father) to win the boxing tournament.
Ghani’s mother (Nadhiya) not letting him practice boxing forms the subplot. How Ghani focuses on boxing, hiding it from his mother, and what his reaction is ultimately understands the movie as a whole.
Varun Tej’s performance as Ghani has to be seen through two lenses. One is physicality, and the other is action. The effort is visible when it comes to the former, and it works as intended during the practice montage song and climax fight block. It appears well-built and imposing, which adds to the screen presence.
However, when it comes to acting, Varun Tej is fine. He looks normal (as seen in any other movie) for the most part. He approaches the proceedings in his usual way. The raw intensity of the game seems to be lacking, except for a few moments towards the end. Ghani is another good attempt for him in terms of filmography, but it doesn’t end up being memorable in terms of acting.
Saiee Majrekar making her Telugu debut is seen in an unimportant role. She has typical commercial heroin scenes in the first half and disappears during the second hour. Unfortunately for her, the utterly routine and bland business stuff doesn’t make an impact.
Ghani marks Kiran Korrapati’s directorial debut. He chose a simple but hard-to-break-through genre on his first attempt. We know why this is so and explicitly observe Ghani.
As we’ve mentioned many times in the past, the sports genre seems the simplest, but it’s extremely difficult to execute in an engaging way. The main problem is the predictable beats it has to follow. There are many cliches a sports genre movie has to indulge in. The challenge is to present them in a fresh way. Director Kiran Korrapati fails in this regard.
Everything about Ghani’s story is laid bare in the first fifteen minutes themselves. We know where it’s heading and can guess how. The challenge is to find something new about “how” he reached the end. Sadly, we don’t see anything – failing to make the drama appealing further compounds the effect.
The whole love trail in the first half screams cliche. There isn’t an iota of freshness anywhere with mundane writing to boost. The whole thing looks like a distraction that only leads to the inevitable.
The conflict between mother and son over boxing isn’t new either. He is as old as the hills. We can see how the procedure will go once the problem is fixed, and voila, we get precisely that without any attempt to modify or refresh it a bit.
There’s a slight twist around the interval mark which is fine, and it leads to a flashback at the start of the second half. In these brief debates, we see what Kiran Korrapati lacks in Ghani. There’s nothing new about these sequences, but the minor tweaks to the routine make the proceedings slightly engaging.
The second half maintains the momentum of the decent start and proceeds that way. Nothing new, but a few blocks work. The title track immediately comes to mind, then the two boxing matches towards the end. They are well made and intermittently command attention.
The problem in the second half is again the cliched, outdated drama. It’s better than the first only because it sticks to the theme and goes its own way. Despite the decent boxing moments and aggression, the ending is watered down due to the typical, predictable drama.
Overall, Ghani is a brilliant sports film with good cast and production values. Sadly, all of its drama is outdated, with an utterly predictable story to energize. It ends up as a below average movie in the end.
Interpretations by other actors
Ghani includes an extensive cast. Even for minor roles, we see some notable faces. But not everyone is suitable for the role, and even those who are don’t get half-baked or entirely predictable roles that lack surprise. Nadhiya belongs to this latter category. She’s decent, but we’ve seen her do the same thing before.
Upendra in a brief supporting role is fine. It may seem out of sync with the rest, but it’s short to have a drastic impact. Sunil Shetty gets another predictable part from a trainer. He is up to it and doing well.
Jagapathi Babu gets another decent antagonist role. He has played many roles in the same vein, and so despite his good work, there are no surprises. Naresh is a fine actor of his time, but he is a total misfit as a boxing trainer. And finally, Naveen Chandra starts on an exciting note but is sidelined with a half-baked game in the second half. The rest of the cast is fine.
Music and other departments?
S Thaman provides the music for Ghani. Other than the title track, nothing really works. As for the bottom score, it seems to have slipped into the thinking that louder is better. Well, that’s not the case here, because the ripping BGM induces a headache. George C Willaims’ cinematography is neat. The boxing scenes are well shot. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is correct. The writing is the film’s biggest drawback, along with the routine story and the clichéd narration.
Climax Block (Drama Free)
Clichés and drama characters
No surprise elements, no treble
A more refreshed take, be it the love story or the mother-son conflict, and more heightened drama (with some tweaks) during the sports segments would have made Ghani much better than he is now.
Did I enjoy?
Will you recommend it?
Yes, but with huge reservations
Ghani movie review by Mirchi9
Ghani’s second half is relatively better after a not-so-impressive first. The biggest issue remains that of freshness, with almost nothing new. Everything has a feeling of seen from before. Varun Tej is physically well built. Review to come.
– The heroine Maya (Saiee Manjrekar) is back on screen in pre-climax for an appearance in the blink of an eye.
– Tamannaah’s item song appears out of the blue. He could have been well placed!
— The song in the practice edit is well shot and well placed. This is the best of the movie so far.
– Ghani’s second half started with Upendra’s flashback episode.
First semester report:
The first few minutes of the show, you know where Ghani is heading. Therefore, the film requires a new presentation which is missing in the first half. The second half is extremely crucial now.
— Boxers Ghani (Varun) and Aadi (Naveen Chandra) enter the ring. After a small revelation, place at Interval.
— Maya (Saiee Manjrekar) is in love with Ghani. Lead actor Naresh is Ghani’s boxing dream trainer.
– Ghani has one of the most proven early formulas. Nadhiya doesn’t want his son Ghani to pursue boxing after his father Vikramaditya’s career got a bad rap from drug use.
– MIRCHI9 (@Mirchi9) April 7, 2022
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Mega Prince Varun Tej’s new movie Ghani is ready to hit the big screens. It’s a sports drama with a boxing backdrop and features new director Kiran Korrapati.
Varun Tej, who has been mixing it carefully in his movie choices since 2018, comes with a sports drama. It is after a certain gap that there is boxing backdrop drama in Telugu cinema. If done well, it could work to the film’s advantage.
The last time Varun Tej played with a rookie, it turned out to be a good success for him. The movie is Tholi Prema. Along with Ghani, a new director, Kiran Korrapati, is introduced. However, it’s not just the director; the producers are also rookies, Allu Bobby and Sidhu Mudda. The young team came together to come up with fresh content keeping the sensibilities of the Telugu audience in check.
Ghani is lavishly done, and boxing action and drama would be the highlights. Unfortunately, multiple delays and outings amid biggies took away from its shine somewhat. The film relies heavily on content to speak at the box office.
Ghani includes a fantastic cast. We have people like Upendra, Jagapathi Babu, Sunil Shetty, Naveen Chandra and Nadhiya in critical roles. Bollywood heroine Saiee Manjrekar partners with Varun Tej in the film. The fit man, S Thaman, provides the music.
As always, Mirchi9 will give you a sincere and honest “First-On-Net” review. Watch this space for our updates.