'Nenu Meeku Baga Kavalsinavadini' hit the screens today. In this section, we are going to review the latest box-office release.
Teju (Sanjana Anand) is mired in love failure. She is unable to get over her past. Vivek (Kiran Abbavaram), a cabbie, lends a sympathetic ear. She narrates her flashback, only to find that Vivek, too, is sad for a reason. The duo decides to set right their lives. But there is a twist in the tale.
After Vivek is done narrating his flashback, Teju, who has been sad for a year, laughs out loud. Yes, she laughs. For once, she forgets her misery because that's how silly Vivek's past is. There is a bigger complaint but we can't talk about it without giving away a major spoiler. We will say this much: When you over-indulge a flashback you know is pointless, you are excessive beyond redemption.
In fact, there is another pointless element in the movie. Vivek's identity as a cabbie is overplayed in the first half although there is nothing much to it. Probably, the writing department wanted to build some aura around cab drivers.
A lot of things about the film are unintelligible, much like his blabbering. In the second half, a beautiful woman is introduced. Before Vivek can have a dream song with her, she opens her mouth and reveals her masculine voice.
It's not like the film works as a family drama. Teju has had a fallout with her doting father (SV Krishna Reddy), doting uncle (Sameer; just picture him dancing in a family song), doing mother, doting sister...
Mani Sharma's music is unoriginal, while Raj K Nelli's cinematography is okayish. Prawin Pudi's editing is average.
Kiran's sincere performance and ease are worthy of appreciation. Had the film featured able talents who can match him, at least some scenes would have clicked.
This film takes off reasonably well, but the forced twists and artificial emotions go for a toss. A major minus is that a new set of characters are introduced in the second half, while a key character from the first half doesn't make a reappearance.