If you ever wish to watch an extended television comedy serial on silver screen, then Ramesh Aravind's Nammanna Don is for you. Despite having a message and some rib-tickling moments, the movie, what promised to be a laugh riot, has failed to live up to the expectations.
Dr Arjun (Ramesh) accidentally lands in a situation where he has to cure heart diseases of 22 kids for free. The hospital management, which was not happy with this idea, refuses to support him rather demands him to send all those children back because the institution is to make profit and not to do social service. However, Arjun's girlfriend (Mona Parvaresh) and her brother (Achyuth Rao) bring the dead body of a don (Rajendra Karanth) to his hospital to save their own lives. The don's brother played by Raju Thalikoti, who does not know that his elder one is dead, pleads the doctor to save his brother and claims that he is ready to do anything for him. The remaining part should be seen on-screen.
First of all, hats of to Ramesh Aravind for attempting to give a noble message to medical practitioners. His idea of telling it with comedy is praise worthy. But the actor-turned-director has made blunders while presenting it on celluloid. The weak screenplay penned by himself has played the spoilsport. In fact, the movie fails to hold the attention of the audience in the first half, but the second segment is better. Nonetheless, the movie has its moments. There are good comic scenes at parts and DBC Shekar's dialogues tickle your funny bones whenever Raju Thalikoti appears on screen.
Performance wise, Ramesh Aravind is overshadowed by Raju Thalikoti. In his typical Uttara Kannada dialect, the latter shines with one-liners. Heroine Mona Parvaresh has not got much to do in the film and she is not impressive in her limited role. Actress Sanathini is okay, Rajendra Karanth will be seen in dual roles and he is good. Rest other like Achyuth Rao, journalist and newcomer Sunaina Suresh, Veena Bhat have done justice to their roles. Technically, Mathews Manu's music is not up to the mark, but the background score is better. Krishna Kumar's cinematography is okay.
Verdict: Nam Anna Don is not a stress buster, but it has turned out to be a decent family entertainer.
Cast: Ramesh Aravind, Mona Parvaresh, Raju Thalikoti, Rajendra Karanth, Sunaina Suresh, Achyuth Rao, Veena Bhat and others.
Director: Ramesh Aravind
Music Director: Mathews Manu
Producer: Ravi Joshi
Release Date: February 17