Movie: Nenu Local
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Cast: Nani, Keerthy Suresh, Naveen Chandra, Sachin Khedekar, Tulasi, Posani, Eeshwari Rao, Rao Ramesh and others
Cinematography: Nizar Shafi
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Story-Screenplay-Dialogues: Prasanna Kumar Bejawada
Editing: Prawin Pudi
Director: Trinadha Rao Nakkina
Release date: Feb 03, 2017
Last year, Nani came up with three movies and all of them received good response and he is now on top of his career. Today, his films are most keenly awaited.
When he teamed up with Dil Raju, expectations soared up, and when this trailer came out, they soared further. The songs composed by DSP also became popular. So, has the film come out well like the trailer?
Babu (Nani) is poor at studies but passes after attempting many supplementary exams. Irritated by his constant appearances at exams an invigilator cum lecturer helps him out copying from the book.
One day, a girl slaps him on the road thinking he was the guy who is sending filthy messages to her. Later she apologizes and he falls in love with her immediately. He finds out that Keerthy (Keerthy) is studying MBA and is rich. He also joins MBA and challenges her that he would make her fall in love.
Like in all Telugu movies, she says no to him but gets disturbed by his thoughts eventually. Now, her dad who is the same lecturer who helped Nani to get pass marks doesn't like Babu. He arranges her marriage with a police Inspector (Naveen Chandra).
Rest of the drama is between these two guys fighting for her.
In a cheeky role, Nani has come out with flying colors. This is fun character that he has played with so much fervor.
Keerthy Suresh is cute and has done her job well, nothing much to rave about her.
Naveen Chandra in key role is okay. He has gone for a transformation in this cop role. Sachin Khedekar as Keerthy's father is good. Posani brings some laughs as middle-class father of Nani. Eeshwari Rao as mother is okay.
Dil Raju's movies are made with good technical and productions value. "Nenu Local" too has rich visuals (Nizar Shafi's color photography), and good artwork (A S Prakash).
Devi Sri Prasad who has composed music for Nani's movie for the first time has given young and cheerful tunes. Three songs are catchy and foot-tapping. The pace of the film is uneven.
Devi Sri Prasad's music
No exciting moment
Director Trinadha Rao and his writer team Prasanna Kumar have given us earlier an entertaining movie called "Cinema Choopista Mama" featuring Raj Tharun in the lead role. The movie became a hit due to its entertainment. Similarly for this movie also, the writer and director team has followed the pattern.
What is there in "Cinema Choopista Mama" is also there here in "Nenu Local". Raj Tarun falls for the charm of Avika, she doesn't accept his love first but he relentlessly follows her and makes her agree to it, then her father puts completely breaks to their love. Raj Tharun then takes a challenge. Replace Raj Tarun with Nani and Avika with Keerthy and you get the story for "Nenu Local".
What is extra in the film is that the writer and director have added scenes from the movies like "Idiot", "Premante Idera", and scores of other movies that released in the last decade and half. It is remixed version of all these films.
The film begins with Nani's voiceover that people recall everything when they are about to die. As a gun is pointed at him, he recalls his love story. This is interesting, but what follows isn't. The first scene is novel, but rest of the drama is routine.
The movie picks up the momentum when he tries to convince Keerthy to get disturbed by him and fall for him. The moment she gets disturbed, the fun factor goes off and it falls into again formulaic way.
The interval twist is quite predictable. In how many films have we not seen the heroine's father fixing her marriage with another guy. But the back-story for Naveen Chandra's character is interesting though.
Till the interval the drama goes on funny manner though it is predictable. But post interval the time-pass moments are few. When Naveen Chandra puts Nani in jail for a petty case, Nani comes up with an idea, which is most idiotic and lengthy. Second half runs on such sequences, as there is no proper script.
What works in the film is Nani's energetic performance and songs. Nani makes many dull moments livelier and his dialogue delivery sure would bring claps. Devi Sri Prasad's songs have helped.
All in all, "Nenu Local" completely has relied on Nani's acting and some fun moments but it is nothing but remixed version of many movies. Predictability is the main issue.
Bottom-line: Idiot Remix!