“Despite its lagging second half, Chinnadana Nee Koasam is a routine rom-com that entertains completely. ”
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The movie starts With Nithiin bashing goons in a train, to protect a girl. Then to give each one of the selfish passengers a lesson in life, he acts like a dacoit himself, forcing them to give up their jewelery. When they unite and try to fight him, he shames them for valuing their belongings more than a girl's honour. The movie more or less, runs along that same track. Cliche followed by variety treatment. Cliche again, variety treatment again.
Chinnadana Nee Kosam is the story of a mystery girl Nandini(Mishti - Subhash Ghai's find) who has an agenda of her own. Nithiin falls for her and so does his family. Of course, look at her. Pretty. Fair. Acting cute. Hazel eyes. She is the perfect fit for the non-Telugu girl, Telugu movie producers love to cast as heroines in their movies, with the same dubbing voice we have been listening to for ages, anyway. But, when Nithiin realises what she was up to, it is up to him to deal with it and show her the beauty of unconditional love. Amidst all this, Nasser(Reddy garu) gets involved, playing an important role that continues till the end. Of course, there is some preaching going on too, something that could have been subtler. Nithiin's parents, specifically Naresh, the cool dad, disappear after the first half.
Anoop Rubens' music is a highlight for the movie. Nithiin seems to have put in a lot of effort for the dances too. The dialogues are at times funny, at times witty. Nithiin has carved a niche for 'variety' rom-coms, where everything on the screen plays out a little differently. Interestingly, in spite of being the average rom-com, Mishti should consider herself lucky for finding it. She actually has screeen space and a role that extends beyond looking dumbly at her hero. Mishti, in fact, does a good job in her debut Telugu movie, although you had expect her to work on her dancing. From Nithiin's paintings, to his excuses to make her realise her follies, it is obvious that the script writer worked hard to repackage old tales with an element of novelty. It is not such a bad effort considering all the laughs that the audiences were offered. Like most Telugu movies, the movie does portray a hero who is generally idle and dedicates all his time to chasing the girl and fixing her world. What annoys you at times is the unnecessary comedy plots added to the story. While Ali as Rahul, for example, brings in some laughs, the whole gay-sub-plot is cringeworthy. Tollywood makers need to understand that there is difference between 'gay' and 'eunuchs'. They must also understand that gay men are not perpetually horny, looking for action.
All in all, the movie is a full-fledged, comical pop corn rom-com that you could enjoy, for lack of better alternatives in the holiday season, especially considering Mukunda isn't exactly setting the screens on fire!