The first film in the Pongal race this year and NTR's 25th film, Nannaku Prematho released in theaters amidst the fans galore. Read the review to know if Sukumar and NTR's duo has succeeded in meeting the high expectations.
Nannaku Prematho Story:
Abhiram(NTR), whose father is in deathbed and has only 30 days of life left, takes the revenge on Krishnamurthy(Jagapathi Babu), who cheated his father in the past. He gives him a run for of his money by trapping his daughter Divyanka(Rakul Preet Singh). To take a look into the flashback, Krishnamurthy cheats his close friend and Abhiram's father, Ramesh Chandra Prasad, due to which Ramesh Chandra Prasad changes his name and identity and lives a normal life, away from his people. The last wish Ramesh asks his son is to get back his lost identity and that's when Abhiram decided to give nightmares to Krishnamurthy. How Abhiram frames Krishnamurthy, who is a brainy, forms the rest of the story.
NTR delivers the kind of performance that would only come with an experience of 100 films, with just his 25th film. Nannaku Prematho not only gives the actor a different look, but also gives a complete image makeover. It proves a point that NTR has the capacity to pull off any role and not just those loud dialogues or thigh slaps. All he needs is a director, who can offer him an august character. Rakul Preet has also given her best for the film and her own dubbing sounded pretty apt for her role. Hard work pays off, they say. It is a different character sketch for Jagapathi Babu, Rajiv Kanakala and Rajendra Prasad too and we must they have excelled in their skill.
More than anything, Nannaku Prematho is a technically rich film and Sukumar deserves a hands down for his intelligence in dealing a normal revenge plot, this unique. They way he imbibed the concepts of Physics and Mathematics into the film is mind-blowing. If you have ever thought in your life that you would never really put your bookish knowledge into practice in life, Sukumar proves you wrong and teaches you how to do it. However, the most disappointing thing is the extreme resemblance of a few scenes with Tamil super hit film Thani Oruvan. Cinematography, dialogues, production values were top-notch. While the songs were nicely placed, Devi Sri Prasad's real potential comes out in the form of the background music of this film. He makes your heart pound with his touching music in the climax and the special song he has written in the film will haunt you.
Though you might need a little patience and great concentration to enjoy Sukumar's Nannaku Prematho, it is worth it. We rarely get to watch different films on Telugu screen and Nannaku Prematho is one such, we would be proud to show as a Telugu film to our future generations. We doubt if it clicks with mass audience though. Read the analysis and the main drawbacks of the film in the slides below.
NTR is introduced in a simple way with a running shot, followed by a fight and song. The character sketch of NTR will be revealed with the intro scene itself, in a typical Sukumar's style of narrative.
Though the film is about 2 hours 48 Minutes, Sukumar made sure the pace of the film is racy.
Rakul Preet Singh
Rakul and NTR scenes were conceived in a different way and the love track can be called as one of the best one among Sukumar's films. The scene in the coffee shop was amazing.
NTR and Rakul makes a good pair on-screen and let us tell you there are two lip kiss shots in the film.
Here comes the down side of the film, Sukumar has gone a little overboard with his concepts and it might be a mind boiler for people, who dislikes to stress their brains, watching a film. A few logics used in the film might not be appealing to mass crowds.
The mind games between hero and the villain might remind you of Thani Oruvan while there were also a few 'inspired' scenes straight away in the film.
But Sukumar must be appreciated for blending in the scenes perfectly and giving the film a new touch. Nannaku Prematho can be called as a daring attempt, considering the kind of pressure NTR and Sukumar are currently in.
Songs will surely get hooting and shouting from fans and the foot-tapping numbers give you a high. But disappointingly, NTR did not dance much this time.
The hero turned villain gets a equally well written role to play like NTR, in the film and the he played it with ease that you might end up believing he is actually very crooked in nature.
Filmed largely in Britain and Spain, the film offers beautiful locales and a great movie watching experience.
It is not just NTR who looked stylish in the film but the entire cast were looking their best in the film. The film's styling deserves a shout out.
Hussain Shah Kiran, a short film maker, who triggered the idea of Nannaku Prematho and worked along with Sukumar for the film, deserves a mention.
Well for the movie buffs and NTR fans out there, he is a promising film from NTR and Sukumar for you, to enjoy this Sankranthi. Do let us know your take by posting your reviews in the comments box below.