Banner: MVV Cinema, KFC
Cast: Aadhi Pinishetty, Tapsee, Rithika Singh, Vennela Kishore, Saptagiri, Tulasi, Sivaji Raja, Satya Krishna, Adarsh Balakrishna and others
Screenplay and dialogues: Kona Venkat
Music: Achu and Prasan
Cinematography: Sai Sriram
Editor: Pradeep E Raghav
Producer: MVV Satyanarayana
Release date: August 24, 2018
Kona Venkat has been successful in presenting concept based movies. After the success of 'Ninnu Kori' he has made this thriller 'Neevevaro' starring Aadhi and Tapsee.
The trailer showing Aadhi as blind chef was promising. The intriguing trailer set the expectations. Let’s find out how the film has shaped up...
Chef Kalyan (Aadhi Pinishetty) runs 12 Tables restaurant in Hyderabad which is very successful and he is featured in various magazines for his great culinary skills. He is blind.
His childhood friend Anu (Rithika) wants to marry him but he likes Vennela (Tapsee) who meets him requesting for leftover food for pavement dwellers.
She tells him that ‘call-money’ gang is after her and her father for loan repayment. To protect themselves, they are leaving the city.
On the same night, he meets with an accident and during the surgery his vision is restored. But he can’t trace the whereabouts of Vennela. Where has she gone? What is the twist in the story?
Aadhi Pinishetty as blind chef is plain okay, there is nothing exceptional about his portrayal of this role. He also unnecessarily indulges in fights. Ritika Singh gets simple role as his childhood friend.
Tapsee gets a meaty character, she steals the show in the final portions. Her character is well-written among all the roles in this movie.
Vennela Kishore plays what Brahmi used to play in old movies - a funny police officer. Adarsh Balakrishna is neat.
The film has decent technical values. Camera work is good. The aerial shots of Bhimlee - Vizag road and the accident sequence is captured well.
Songs are bad but the background score passes muster. Dialogues are in typical Kona Venkat style: “Ee vanka try cheste evanka doruddi.”
Boring first half
Twist can be guessed easily
“Neevevaro” is said to be based on a Tamil hit movie "Adhe Kangal". The basic plotline sounds good. However, the screenplay is not at all tight.
The film's strength lies in the last 20 minutes. The twist and the portion have novelty factor but the proceedings are utterly dull.
The film begins like a triangle love story -- a track with Tapsee and an angle with Ritika is established first. Till interval, the film dodges on this thread and suddenly turns into a kind of investigative thriller.
The suspense element appears at midpoint in the second half. Till then the film goes along with scenes in lethargic way. Thankfully, the later portions are deftly handled.
As said before, the story has enough meat to make it a riveting thriller. The "villain" is a surprising element in the story, the angle of ‘villain’ is completely new. It has not been explored before.
The new director has shown his mark in the final portions as the main attraction of this film lies there. So, here the director has not failed.
Yet, the film doesn't give complete satisfaction. Main reason is that the characterization of the protagonist is bad. His character looks like mass hero in an action movie than a simple blind chef. He investigates like a professional detective, while the constable (Vennela Kishore) acts like a buffoon. He has been blind but he acts like a guy who knows everything just after his vision is restored.
We see such silliness in mass movies, but the same doesn’t look good in concept-based thrillers as people expect reality here.
If only, writer Kona and director Harinath had made the entire movie gripping like the climax portions, the result would have been different. It finally ends up as an bland thriller with some better moments in the second half.
On the whole, “Neevevaro” has interesting concept, but it lacks consistent exciting narration and bores.