Cast: Jr NTR, Rakul Preet Singh, Jagapathi Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Rajiv Kanakala and Avasarala Srinivasa Rao
Nannaku Prematho marks the beginning of Tollywood’s Sankranti releases.
Starring Jr NTR and Rakul Preet Singh, the movie is also significant being the 25th film of the former. It’s a milestone for the director too as his previous film 1-Nenokkadine bombed at the box office.
The story is about Abhiram (Jr NTR), a young entrepreneur who lives in London along with his two elder brothers and father. Their father (Rajendra Prasad) is diagnosed with cancer and has just a month to live when he reveals to his sons that he was one of the wealthiest in the UK, but was cheated by a crook businessman Krishnamurthy (Jagapathi Babu). He wants his sons to take revenge against Krishnamurthy, but his elder sons were not bothered about it.
Abhiram vows to fulfil his dad’s last wish; how he takes on rich business tycoon Krishnamurthy forms the crux of the story.
Unlike classic revenge tales, the movie has no big action scenes where the hero alone thrashes the goons. Revenge is done in a classy manner using mathematics, calculations and logics and the stylish Jr NTR has gracefully enacted his role to perfection.
Each scene carries Sukumar style. The director’s past as a mathematics lecturer has influenced the script as it has more mathematical formulae, dimensions and such elements intertwined with the story.
The first half is gripping with some interesting scenes of Jr NTR with Rakul Preet Singh and Jagapathi Babu. Shot in the UK and Spain, the stunning visuals deserve kudos. The second half is more predictable. Though a few scenes remind you of some Hollywood movies, you will never feel bored while watching the film, that’s for sure. A revenge drama between two intelligent people has been told neatly without showing bloodshed or superhuman action sequences.
When it is Jr NTR, who is known for his loud dialogues, massive action episodes and mass songs, has completely come out of those histrionics and did a decent job. His look is stylish, neat and one could call it his best performance.
You can see a new NTR in this film, come out his comfort zone as he completely put aside all those mass qualities.
Definitely this is a good film for Jr NTR to remember as an actor and right thing to choose as his 25th.
Sukumar always projects his lead actors differently and in this film, too, he successfully presented Jr NTR in a complete new avatar.
Another highlight is the performance of Jagapathi Babu. The way he renders his dialogues are simply superb. His makeover from lead roles to villainous characters has done him good. Though her character is limited to only first half, the gorgeous Rakul has done a neat job in acting and dubbing. Rajiv Kanakala and Avasarala Srinivasa Rao, who act as Abhiram’s brothers and Rajendra Prasad, who dons the role of his father, have done a good job.
The cinematography of Vijay K. Chakravarthi is worth mentioning. Devi Sri Prasad’s background score blends well with the subject.
Watch Nannaku Prematho for its Sukumar style and the performance of Jr NTR and Jagapathi Babu....