Movie review Ghani (2022)
Ghanian boxing prodigy Gyan Ali is determined to become a world champion despite his mother’s trepidation. Will he be able to show his value?
In recent years, there have been some fantastic South Indian sports movies. Regardless of your interest or disinterest in sports, Gowtam Tinnanuri’s Jersey or Pa. Ranjith’s Sarpatta Parambarai are able to reel you in from the start. Whether it’s the player’s private lives or the politics that come with sports, films from the past have done a wonderful job of diving into these themes. Kiran Korrapati’s Ghani, which was just released, has all of the elements necessary; therefore it’s disappointing to see it give up substance for style.
In the world of Ghani, there was once a boxer called Vikramaditya from Andhra Pradesh who was devoted to the sport and even won the state boxing championship before being humiliated at nationals. Fifteen years later, his wife (Nadhiya) and son Ghani (Varun Tej Konidela) are still dealing with the consequences. The mother doesn’t want her son to be linked with anything that has caused hurt in their family, while the latter doesn’t know how to give up boxing. He tries everything from participating in illicit boxing matches to making it into the ring – only to discover the truth about his father. Will he be able to achieve his father’s goal? The crux of Ghani is whether or not he will be able to accomplish his father’s ambition.
Director: Kiran Korrapati
Writers: Kiran Korrapati, Abburi Ravi
Stars: Rajiv Kumar Aneja, Darbha Appaji Ambarisha, Jagapathi Babu
The film’s plot centers on a love triangle between three women, which may appear to be conventional but deserves to be treated with the kind of care it deserves. Instead of doing that, debutant Kiran dilly-dallies with a peppy number featuring a cliché love interest Maya (Saiee Manjrekar) and a unique number featuring Tamannaah Bhatia. In fact, the film’s second half is entirely dedicated to the uninteresting love tale of Ghani and his parents, which goes on for far too long. There are several other characters in this narrative as well. Aadi (Naveen Chandra), the son of a wealthy businessman who wants to develop his own identity, is one of them. Eeswar (Jagapathi Babu), the founder of the Indian Boxing League, had a history with Vikramaditya and Ghani. In an attempt to make a ‘big reveal’ about Suniel Shetty and Nimma Upendra’s characters, Kiran comes across as amateurish.
Ghanian acting legend Stanley Weber has made quite a name for himself in Hollywood, having gained critical acclaim for his role as a powerful business leader in the film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” as well as other blockbuster movies. An all-star cast was also recruited to portray characters such as billionaire industrialist Hank Loeb and journalist Arkin, but it’s unclear how much attention they paid to that particular project. The film’s narrative, direction and script are all subpar. The plot lacks cohesiveness; the characters don’t have as much chemistry as they should; and the movie gets too long when it should be more concise. However, despite a majority of boxing matches being kept for the second half of the film, none of them has enough impact to make up for it.
In Ghani, Vidyut Tej (he is simply known as Tej here) gave better performances than he does in Tuvalu. It’s not his fault because he doesn’t have the capability to do so. He’s put in difficult situations with no knowledge of the truth and appears to be the last person in a room to know anything, which leaves him only space to react. The first thing that comes to mind is the man’s dedication. However, you can see how much effort he has put into his body or even the boxing scenes. Saiee’s part has little significance in the long run, but Nadhiya, Suniel, and Uppendra do an excellent job with theirs. Thaman’s music lacks emotional impact aside from the title song.
Ghani is a good sports drama, but it’s just ordinary. The film doesn’t provide anything new to the table. If you enjoy sports dramas, this one will be worth your time during the weekend. However, set your expectations realistic before watching it.