After a thumping success of Chalo, Naga Shourya is back with another light-hearted movie, Narthanasala, which is touted to be a comedy entertainer. Will he be able to continue his winning streak with the new movie, forms the next question?
Kalamandir Kalyan (Sivaji Raja) has a penchant to father a baby girl; but unfortunately, his wife delivers a baby boy (Naga Shourya). Throughout the childhood, Kalyan raises his son like a daughter, which hampers his actions and behaviour. Cut the scene into adulthood and Naga Shourya is seen running a self-defense training school for women.
The protagonist falls in love with Manasa (Kashmira); but somehow gets entangled in a single-street love triangle with Satya (Yamini). Jayaprakash Reddy, father of Satya, enters the scene and a certain confusion forces Shourya to stay in Satya's home. Things get crazier when JP's son, Ajay, develops feelings towards the hero assuming the latter to be gay.
Rest of the story is concentrated on what transpires between Shourya and Ajay in their supposed love angle and what happens to the two leading ladies.
Performances by the actors do not make a huge impact, as the characterization isn't big for most of them and dialogues aren't worthy enough to bat for the actors. Naga Shourya, though has certain gay moments in the movie, doesn't quite impress throughout, as his characterization isn't strong and bold as expected.
Leading ladies, Kashmira and Yamini, are good looking but have very limited screen space. They appear and vanish without any intimation. Sivaji Raja and Jayaprakash Reddy have lion's share to play in the movie, but poor dialogues and mundane characterization let both their performances down.
Other characters, even the character of talented Ajay, irritate the audience and don't make it even as an okay watch.
The movie runs as a package of confusion for the audience. Naga Shourya is given a backdrop of feminine character touch during his early days of life, which could stand as a supporting point for his gay actions. However, things are other way round and he is as good as any other normal straight person. It appears as if there was no point in bringing this element apart from a big segment of forced comedy. Though Narthanasala looked great on papers with 1 boy and 2 girls in a peculiar format, the execution drops lousily without any substance in it.
The only saving grace of the movie is the 4 songs rendered by Mahati Swara Sagar which come with great production values. It is during this time where the audience can relax by having their seats pushed back. Dialogues are a major drawback in the flick, which offer no humour that was supposed to be there in the first place. Director Srinivas Chakravarthi gets a huge thumb's down for churning out a haphazard and hasty product.
Narthanasala is a boring, non-entertaining and no value-based movie that can be skipped for many reasons.