World Famous Lover is a 2020 Indian Telugu-language romantic drama film written and directed by Kranthi Madhav. The film stars Vijay Deverakonda, Raashi Khanna, Aishwarya Rajesh, Catherine Tresa and Izabelle Leite. It is produced by K. A. Vallabha under the banner of Creative Commercials. The film was panned by the critics and audience though Deverakonda and Aishwarya’s performances were praised.
The film begins with Gautham in a prison saying that he too has a story to tell. The film cuts to Yamini and Gautham’s story. They are in a live-in relationship. Gautham is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. Yamini takes care of Gautham like a mother and is always supportive of his decisions. But she doesn’t see him putting in any effort for his dream and is fed up with her routine life. She eventually breaks up with Gautham.
This makes Gauthum start writing again and he writes a story that takes place in Yellandu. The protagonist Srinu is a union leader in the coal mines and is married to Suvarna unwillingly and the couple has a 5-year old son. The newly appointed officer, Ms.Smitha gets close to Srinu, not knowing that he is married. Srinu does not disclose his marital status either and starts to avoid his own wife Suvarna. Suvarna suspects that her husband is having an extra-marital affair but doesn’t confront him. Instead, she decides to pursue her career. She tops her examinations and it is published in the local newspaper, causing Smitha to know that Srinu is married, that too with a son. Srinu upon rushing home finds Suvarna in a modern dress. She tells him that she’ll be whatever he wants her to be, including wearing revealing clothes and make-up. All this made Srinu understand his mistake and go back to loving his wife. The story ends with a note from Gautham saying that Srinu sacrificed everything to be with his wife.
Now, the story cuts back to the present where Gautham recalls his past on how he first encountered Yamini and how they fell in love. The next morning, he goes to meet Yamini in her office to tell her that he has started writing again, but Yamini asks him to leave. Another glimpse from his past is shown when Gautham and Yamini used to work in the same office. Yamini was going to get terminated and Gautham was going to get a promotion to work in Paris. Instead, he resigns the job requesting the manager to retain Yamini’s position. The film again cuts back to the present where Gautham says that if he hadn’t resigned from his job, he would have been in Paris right now. This inspires him to write another story that takes place in Paris.
In Paris, Gautham is working in a radio station, he loves Parachuting. He falls in love with his neighbour Iza, a pilot. On Iza’s birthday, she wanted something memorable, so Gautham takes her for bike racing which ends in a tragic accident where Iza loses her eyesight. After 6 months, she gets a compatible eye donor and regains her vision. It is revealed that Gautham was the one who donated his eyes for Iza and he tells her to come back to him if she realised his love. This story ends with a note saying that Gautham sacrificed his vision for love.
The film cuts to the present when Yamini comes to visit Gautham to invite him to her wedding, which is in 3 days. A frustrated Gautham yells at Yamini and she leaves the house. Gautham later goes to Yamini’s house to try and convince her in vain. On his way home he gets into a fight with a random guy and ends up in prison for bashing his head with a rock. After 2 years Gautham is released and his friend publishes his book on behalf of Gautham, named “The World Famous Lover”. Gautham attends the press meet of his book’s success event while the public eagerly waits for the unfinished climax of the story. On stage, he recounts his tale stating that upon returning from jail Yamini waits for him and they both live happily ever after, whereas, in reality, no one was waiting for him. He says that it is always been Yamini who compromised. And even in Srinu’s story, it is Suvarna who always compromised and not her husband. In the Paris love story, the sacrifice made by Gautham came from the sacrifice made by Yamini in real life. He concludes the press meet by saying that he wants Yamini to be happy wherever she is.
Later, Yamini’s father reveals to Gautham that when Yamini came to know that he had been arrested, she called off her wedding. He then leaves his daughter to Gautham. Gautham asks for forgiveness. She forgives him and asks if he knows the route to his home. He nods, implying yes. The film ends with Gautham and Yamini getting back together.
Directed by Kranthi Madhav
Written by Kranthi Madhav
Produced by K. A. Vallabha & K. S. Rama Rao
Starring Vijay Deverakonda, Raashi Khanna, Aishwarya Rajesh, Catherine Tresa, Izabelle Leite
Cinematography Jaya Krishna Gummadi
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music by Gopi Sundar
Production Creative Commercials
Release date 14 February 2020
Running time 148 minutes