“Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham is another average entertainer, with the same run of the mill romance story. Varun Tej makes a solid debut and the supporting cast gives a decent performance. One time watch”
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For a while now, Tollywood has been surviving not on scripts but more on screenplays. Permutations and combinations, experimental narratives and comedy plots are reusing the same boy-has-unconditional-love-for-girl plot.
Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam is a classic example of a movie with no story, but a decent screenplay. It is the about Srinu(Tej), an engineering student who falls for Shailaja(Regina), a supposed orphan, but a mature girl. She turns out to be his classmate. Meanwhile, a few pranks later, or actually a few pranks before(flashback mode) you come across Maisamma(Jagapathi Babu), a hired assassin, who wants to stop Srinu from committing suicide and ends up eventually pitting himself in a challenge against the boy. An ambitious wannabe CM(Prakash Raj) meanwhile enters the script too and the lives of all these four get intertwined because of a killing contract. Then there is the small matter of Shafi, a missing journalist and what he knew about Shailaja's parents.
You need to dissect this movie as an interesting case study for cinema. The hero is ideally an 18 - 19 year old kid(audience, please adjust and buy that thought) and so is the heroine. Practical considerations apart, he is so smart he outwits both the goon and a seasoned political campaigner and CM aspirant; in other words, someone big enough to beat even political advisors. He survives being stabbed and ripped apart and boy, he can fight! All these discounts pushed aside, the movie manages to move briskly in the second half, showing how Srinu keeps protecting her first from the goon and later from the CM aspirant. He even manages to add an extra element at the end of it all, with a romantic promise to bring her dad back. Raghu Babu and JP are the winners when it comes to making you laugh. They have rib-tickling lines. In fact, the movie is laced with small, but funny comedy-skits woven into the main narrative.
Sai Dharam dances well and is reasonably well cut but his acting and smiling leave much to be desired. Regina has a chunky role and she is turning out to be a good performer. Jagapathi Babu is already one of the finds of the decade when it comes to character artists, churning out one noticeable performance after another.
AS Ravi Kumar(Yagnam)'s movie makes you leave the hall laughing and forget all the initial torture inflicted upon you. That probably is the greatest strength of the movie, ending well. Although, the movie is all about how a guy tries to save his girl from all trouble and is misunderstood, the back and forth narrative that starts with the boy's narration to the goon and ends with the goon's narration to the eventual villain, is impressive. The music by Anoop Rubens though is a big letdown, not so much for the quality but for the authenticity. Most of the tunes have already been heard in other languages and in other albums. The look and feel of the movie is good as well. It is a movie you can watch without being too disappointed.