Although he struggles to emerge victorious on the chosen path, he makes us take notice his willingness to go against the grain with the Tamil remake of Bollywood film Kahaani, titled Ne Enge En Anbe. This is not a solid remake of one of the best thrillers in Indian cinema, yet there are moments that will persuade you to watch it.
You know for a fact that Kammula never tried to capitalize on
the success of Kahaani because he decided not to include
the pregnancy part in his story, but he still manages to surprise
viewers with something equally unpredictable (as long as you don't
pay attention to details).
There isn't much change in the story and akin to the original, a
wife (Tamil Brahmin) lands in Hyderabad in search of her missing
husband with whom she hasn't spoken to in over two weeks. She seeks
the help of a local policeman, who also happens to be a Tamilian,
because she can't speak Telugu.
They start investigating the case, trying to put all possible
clues together to see if they can find something solid that will
reveal what had happened with her husband. Will they or will they
not find her husband?
Kammula was hell bent on convincing us that his version of the
film is not a frame-to-frame copy of the original. It isn't for
most part of the film, but all those who watched Kahaani
are likely to be disappointed because the names of most characters
are not changed in the remake. The senior police officer is Khan,
the terrorist is Milan Damji and the assassin is Bob.
Whenever you hear these names in the remake, you automatically
tend to compare these characters with the ones from the original
and realize their performances were not satisfying. No matter how
hard you try not to compare both the films, you are forced to
whenever you hear these names.
Old Hyderabad becomes a crucial character in the story. Kammula
does his best to capture the flavour of the local culture when his
lens zooms through the small alleys of the city, from the
preparations of a Durga Puja to the busy and densely populated
Here's where you respect and appreciate the craftsmanship of the
director for making the best use of his setting and making us
realize the importance of the location from the story's
perspective. Another reason to commend Kammula is because he
ensures that most of the important scenes are shot separately in
Tamil. However, he seems to have ignored the fact that it's a Tamil
film and has used too many Telugu dialogues, much to the disgust of
the audience. Continue to read Nee Enge
En Anbe movie review.
Nee Enge En Anbe Subtitles
Subtitles were only used for the Hindi dialogues. How can you
expect Tamil audiences to understand Telugu dialogues even though
the film is shot in Hyderabad? This was one of the biggest
turn-offs in the film.
Actors' Performances In Nee Enge En Anbe
Nayantara as Anamika does her best in the titular role, but
she's no match to Vidya Balan. Here's a woman who is struggling to
find her husband in a new place with a language barrier, yet we see
her with make-up and eyelashes in close up shots. She fails to get
into the skin of her character which was very important for the
story. Vaibhav and Pasupathy play their parts well but the fake
English accent used by the latter could've been avoided.
Technical Values In Nee Enge En Anbe
MM Keeravani's resonating background score keeps the tension of
the story alive throughout. The slow first half is strongly
complemented by a solid second half, but will audiences sit through
the second half after a dull start?
Nee Enge En Anbe Verdict
Nee Enge En Anbe fails to be a mother of an
Nee Enge En Anbe Production Team
Producer: Endemol India, Logline Productions, Select Media
Holdings Director: Sekhar Kammula Cast: Nayantara, Pasupathy,
Vaibhav Reddy, Harshvardhan Rane and Naresh Music: MM Keeravani
Cinematography: Vijay C Kumar Release date: 1 May 2014