Release Date: 1st January, 1970
Gene: Action family drama
Cast: Jr NTR , Rakul Preet Singh , Rajendra Prasad,Jagapati Babu
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra
Producer: B. V. S. N. Prasad
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
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 have succeeded in meeting the high expectations.
Abhiram(NTR), whose father is in death bad and has only 30 days of life left, takes the revenge on Krishnamurthy(Jagapathi Babu), who cheated his father in the past. He gives 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 plunges into give nightmares to Krishnamurthy. How did Abhiram frame Krishnamurthy, who is a brainy, forms the rest of the story.
NTR delivers a kind of performance that would 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.
Screenplay and Direction
Slow pace in first half
Lack of NTR’s style action
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.