Kishore Tirumala makes his debut as writer-director with the Telugu film Nenu Sailaja which brings to us a fresh new romantic pair, Ram and Keerthi Suresh. Keerthi who has already done films in Malayalam and Tamil,makes her Telugu debut with this flick.
As a kid Hari liked Sailaja but could never express his feelings to her and Ram's family soon moves away to a new place altogether. As he grows up Hari (Ram) keeps getting rejected by every girl he proposes to. Sailaja has been a little aloof from her father (Sathyaraj) ever since a childhood incident. Destiny brings Hari and Sailaja together once again. What happens from thereon is what the rest of the film is all about.
Nenu Sailaja has a reasonably simple plot and thankfully Kishore Tirumala never tries to create the impression of trying something out of the box. The film begins well and the first half moves along smoothly without any unneccessary comedy and even the action is very brief and limited. Ram and Keerthi share some good chemistry, making their interactions look interesting. But post interval get a little too familiar as the narrative steps into the DDLJ zone, thankfully there are some differences though.
For one the number of characters as seen in similar Telugu entertainers is comparitively less over here, the usual set of comedians are thankfully missing. Also while the angle of the antagonist (Vamsi Krishna) may look a little forced, thankfully there is no gruesome violence or unwanted punch dialogues over here. Songs by Devi Sri Prasad are effective but not great while the film is visually pleasing, credit to DOP Sameer Reddy. Among the supporting cast Pradeep Rawat has a meaty role as a thug with a weakness for romance and Sathyaraj is wonderful as Sailaja's dad. Both Ram and Keerthi do well, making the film quite engaging.
Ultimately Nenu Sailaja isn't an outstanding film, but it is certainly refreshing and easily one of the better Telugu films in recent times. It is definitely not a bad idea to visit the cinemas this weekend to watch this film.