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'1-Nenokkadine' Review: Mahesh Al'one'!

'1-Nenokkadine' Review: Mahesh Al'one'!

Film: 1-Nenokkadine 
Rating: 2.5/5
Banners:
EROS International, 14 Reels Entertainment
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Kriti Sanon, Kelly Dorjee, Nasser, Posani, Sayaji Shinde, Pradeep Rawat, Srinivas Reddy, Gautham Krishna and others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematographer: Ratnavelu
Editor: Karthika Srinivas
Director: Sukumar
Producers: Achanta Ram, Achanta Gopichand, Anil Sunkara
Release date: 10/01/2014

Prince Mahesh Babu is back after spending a lot of his time and dates on this project. It is also the first time director Sukumar has attempted something different. Is it that different? Let us see
 
Story
Gautham (Mahesh) is a famous rockstar but he is suffering from bad dreams since childhood. He tends to see three people who are believed to be his parents killers and he also sets to take vengeance on them. But all this is downplayed by the medics who say it is just his hallucination and nothing more. However, Gautham strongly believes in that and a journalist Sameera (Kriti) comes to his aid. Whether he is successful in finding about his past or not forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances
Mahesh Babu looks shrunk and he seems to have worked out a lot but not one scene was able to show those sleek muscles. Not much was there for him to perform too as it was serious character.

Kriti Sanon is drop dead beautiful. She has an extremely camera friendly face and added to that, her height and glowing skin give that glam appeal. She looks sexy with good performance quotient and has every potential to become a top league queen here.

Gautham Krishna looked cute and confident in front of the camera. Nasser was brief but did his part well. Kelly Dorjee was usual. Posani was okay. Pradeep Rawat was hardly there. Sayaji Shinde was not that great. Sophie’s sex appeal and oomph factor was not used properly.

Highlights

  • Mahesh Babu
  • Cinematography
  • Background score

Drawbacks

  • Confusing storyline
  • Complicated screenplay
  • Lag in scenes
  • Weak songs
  • Poor gripping quotient
  • Lack of enough peaks 

Analysis
What happens when you are in full mood to have Dosa and then you get served a Subway sandwich? It is not to say Subway stuff is not good but the mood and taste goes bitter. The same experience happens when you watch this film. 

Ideally, for any star hero film there are certain elements of expectation and requirement the audience seeks before entering the theatres. And if it is someone like Mahesh Babu then such requirements are more. 

Given the time, money that has gone into the making and the hype that has been created there was enough happening in the audience minds when they waited for the film to take off. But after few minutes of the start, the mind goes blank and is basically trying to figure out what or why is it necessary to strain the brain so much. 

Well, Sukumar has not left his signature style and worked a lot on the psychological aspect. In fact, the entire story revolves around the protagonist and his internal conflict, the action sequences and romance were just accessories which brought some energy into the whole plot.

Still, the lag factor tends to test the patience of the viewer to a large extent. The film takes off with some promise but as it progresses the brain game and psychological stuff from Sukumar begins to show and makes the audience feel over taxing their brains.

The interval bang was good no doubt and many expected the second half to make up for it. However, the second half also proceeds at its own pace.

Even the songs were not complete and it was evident that they were cut to reduce the run time of the film.

A thriller is meant to keep the viewer on the edge of seat but by the time the film reaches the closing stages, some of them are either slipping from the seats or sleeping by resting back.

Overall, the rating given is more to do with the technical aspects and the making but in terms of content this is not a product expected from Sukumar. 

Bottomline: G'ONE' out of expectation 

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews) 

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