Filmiaffairs Rating: 3/5
Story: RJ Meera (Tamannaah) is a happy-go-lucky girl who’s a big believer of destiny. She believes it’s the same magic that brought Varun (Kalyan Ram) into her life. Varun on the other hand has a much more practical approach to life. Will these two ever make it?
Review: When the cast and crew list features names like Jayendra Panchapakesan – who has hundreds of ad films to his name, PC Sreeram – who has wielded the camera for Mani Ratnam for some of his most famous films, Sharreth – whose music for the film was appreciated much before the film’s release and a versatile Tamannaah and Kalyan Ram in lead roles, nothing less than cinematic magic is expected. Subha, the name used by the writing partnership of D Suresh and AN Balakrishnan, also wrote this one with Jayendra, with their previous collaboration being ‘180’.
However, what is delivered to the audience are endless random scenes that are supposed to make one believe in the magic of destiny. Maybe it would even work, if only they stitched together well!
Meera (Tamannaah) is the happy-go-lucky girl who’s told the good news that she has passed her exams on her fourth attempt just when she comes across a picture of Varun (Kalyan Ram). Believing him to be her lucky charm and in possession of Kalyani’s (Varun’s mother or grandmother, it’s never made clear) book, she sets out to find him in the vast city of Hyderabad. Varun (Kalyan Ram) on the other hand keeps trying to leave to the US, but somehow keeps getting deterred at the airport each time he tries to. Supposedly it is destiny doing its bit to bring these two lovebirds together.
Beautiful love stories woven around the theme of destiny are nothing new and usually make for a compelling watch, the recently Akhil Akkineni and Kalyani Priyadarshan film ‘Hello’ being a good example. However, unlike ‘Hello’, ‘Naa Nuvve’ fails at making you care neither about the characters nor their journey. Despite the short run-time, the film seems to drag forever, failing to make a mark. The screenplay and editing of this one definitely needed some tweaking. PC Sreeram and Jayendra do however bring on some seemingly Mani Ratnam touches, with the story of how they meet woven around trains and all, bringing to mind films like ‘Sakhi’ and ‘OK Bangaram’. However, unfortunately, that’s where the similarity ends.
Why Jayendra would choose to set amateurish CGI-laden visuals for Sharreth’s beautiful songs, while having a pro like PC Sreeram at hand, is a mystery. The juvenile graphics fail to elevate the depth of the lyrics and even the vocals in some songs; distracting the viewers and making them chuckle even in supposedly serious scenes. The film features an extensive cast of stalwarts like Tanikella Bharani, Posani Krishna Murali, Surekha Vani, and even young ones like Bithiri Sathi, Vennela Kishore, Praveen and Priyadarshi (in an unnecessary cameo). However, this beautiful cast is reduced to doing nothing more than playing catalysts in the lead characters’ lives as and when needed. It is only Bithiri Sathi who manages to elicit some chuckles with his traffic cop act.
The only element that saves this film is Tamannaah looking cute as a button while trying her best to essay the role of Meera. Kalyan Ram too looks good enough in his reinvented avatar, playing the yin to Meera’s yang with perfection. Understated and casual, this film brings out a whole new side of him. If only the film had a passionate screenplay!