Four good-for-nothing lads, including Tippu (Vishwadev), from Godavarikhani, a town in Kareemnagar District, often face humiliation by the members of their neighbourhood. In an attempt to gain respect, they plan on doing something to make news in the local papers. However, Tippu’s love for Divya (Punarnavi) makes him take decisions that lands all of them in troubles. How the gang overcomes the obstacles and also fulfil the dream of making news in the process forms the story.
Pittagoda Movie Review:
The story pans out in the small Telangana town of Godavarikhani which is quite fitting considering the unpretentious plot of the film. It is quite easy to relate to the characters in the movie – the bunch of friends, the worried father, the over-indulgent uncle next door, the neighbourhood beauty. Tippu’s character as the essentially good guy but for his uselessness, is a tried and tested trope for the audiences to fall in love with this guy who makes you go, “papam”. The conflicts and resolutions in the film flow seamlessly. While the film isn’t a gripping edge-of-the-seat kind of a story, it certainly keeps you guessing. The comedy in the film is less about punch lines and is more like the laughs you have amongst your friends which works great for the mood of the film.
The cinematography of the film is to be appreciated, for being able to make a dry location like a midlevel Telangana town look picturesque yet realistic. Background music doesn’t do much to the experience of watching the movie although the songs are easy on the ears. However, one can’t miss the blatant rip off of Atif Aslam’s ‘Tu Jaane Na’ in the song, ‘Tiyya Tiyyani’.
Barring Punarnavi, most of the lead characters were newcomers and their amateurishness was evident. Although Vishwadev suited the role of Tippu, his skill as an actor is yet to take flight. A simple movie that Pittagoda is, the few intense scenes it had to offer to elevate the experience needed him to shine through a little more as the hero. His attempt to speak the Telangana slang as Tippu was patchy which you can’t help but notice when he is switching between two distinct accents. Divya (Punarnavi) the female lead in the film unlike most mainstream films has a well-rounded character, which has significance in the progression of the plot.
Throughout the film, everytime you begin to feel your attention waning, the plot thickens. Kudos to the director for managing that in a light-hearted story like this one, which carries the risk of falling flat if not treated right.
Pittagoda is a no-frills story and an honest attempt to entertain. If you’re looking for a laid back watch for the weekend, this is it.