Nannaku Prematho is an Telugu action family drama film written and directed by Sukumar and produced by B. V. S. N. Prasad under his Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra Banner and co-produced by Bhogavalli Bapineedu & Reliance Entertainment .
Nannaku Prematho is an Telugu action family drama film written and directed by Sukumar and produced by B. V. S. N. Prasad under his Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra Banner and co-produced by Bhogavalli Bapineedu & Reliance Entertainment . less
“Typical Sukumar movie that sizzles, fizzles and then dazzles.”
Sukumar's films have always aroused a sense of curiosity well before the release and his latest film Nannaku Prematho is no exception to this trend. This time around Sukumar has joined hands with NTR Jr. for the first time and this happens to be the popular star's 25th film as well. The promos indicated that the film would be stylish for sure, now whether the style is backed by substance is what I was curious to find out.
Set completely in the U.K the film begins with Abhiram (NTR Jr.) rushing to meet his father Subramaniam (Rajendra Prasad) who is ill. Realizing that he has cancer and that his days are numbered, Subramaniam confides to his 3 sons (Rajiv Kanakala and Srinivas Avasarala being the other 2 brothers) that his original name is Ramesh Chandra Prasad and that he was a successful business man long ago. Having been cheated in business by Krishnamurthi (Jagapathi Babu), he was forced to change his identity. Now Abhiram realizes that his father has only 30 days left to live and decides to bring down Krishnamurthi's business which in a way would bring justice to his father.
At the very surface this is a regular tale of revenge with a simple, been there done that background. But then Sukumar makes up for it by ensuring that the writing rises up to the occasion, making the proceedings appear smart. So Krishnamurthi is not the typical mean adversary who relies on a brawn to battle the hero Abhiram. And Abhiram himself is a person who loves mind games and is happy to outsmart someone with his brain. Gone are the typical punch dialogues, instead the dialogues here are more subtle and realistic. There is no unwanted comedy in the film and for a film that's supposed to be about 2 men trying to go one above the other, Abhiram and Krishnamurthi actually come face to face just a little before the interval block.
There is a lot of logic being applied and quite a bit of referencing scientific and mathematical phenomena. At times it just might sound like an overdose, but Sukumar tries hard to keep it as simple as possible. The film has been completely shot abroad and it has been mounted well. The first half ambles along for a long time but by the time the interval block sets in you are hooked. Rajendra Prasad and Rajiv Kanakala lend good support while Madhoobala is seen in a cameo. Rakul Preet gets a lot of screen time and leaves an impact, even dubbing her own lines as well. Jagapathi Babu looks smart and is extremely convincing as the ruthless and cunning Krishnamurthi while NTR is at his stylish best and his subtle avatar here works well.
All said and done Nannaku Prematho is just a simple revenge tale but what makes it different is the treatment.