Nani’s Ante Sundaraniki Movie Review

Cast: Nani, Nazriya, Naresh, Rohini, Nadiya, Rahul Ramakrishna, Azhagam Perumal and others

Music: Vivek Sagar
Cinematography: Niketh Bommi
Editor: Raviteja Girijala
Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar Yalamanchili
Written and Directed by: Vivek Athreya

Natural Star Nani and Nazriya Fahadh have come together for the first time. In fact, this is Nazriya Fahadh’s first Telugu movie too. She has been doing the “cutie pie” roles in Tamil and Malayalam. Can she bring that flavour here? At the same time, Nani hasn’t been able to hit the ball out of the park with “V” or “Tuck Jagadish” or to large extent with “Shyam Singha Roy”. While he loved those characters, people did not like the screenplays. Can he deliver better now? He, Vivek Athreya, Nazriya need a hit. Will they find it? Let’s discuss…

Sundar (Nani) misses out on a chance to act in movies. His mother (Rohini) and he dreams about a great career in films with that one chance and when it shatters, his father (Naresh) becomes over protective towards him. Being from an orthodox Brahmin family, he belives in astrology more. And the astrologer (Srikanth Iyengar) tries to use them and perform as many Homams as he can as remedies. Sundar starts to behave differently in front of his family and becomes a serial lier. On the other hand, Leela (Nazriya Fahad) tends to move ahead of her bad experiences as a kid. She never hides anything but then she also doesn’t really have all the freedom. Her mother (Nadhiya) is more foregiving than her father (Azhagam Perumal).

Sundar falls in love with Leela at an young age but hides it out of fear till they both meet as adults. But Leela introduces her love interest Vamsi and their break-up leads to Leela finding a companion in Sundar. They decide to get married but Sundar again resorts to lying and his lies creates vortex of problems. How can the couple stream out these problems? What if their lies turn out to be true and how will Sundar react to such a situation? Forms the rest of the plot.

Nani delivers a very convincing portrayal as Sundar. The spark that was missing in films like Tuck Jagadish is back in this role. He showed major variations to his normal “Nani” characters and then deviated his body language very well from Shyam Singha Roy mode. His best is yet to come as an actor but Sundar will be one of his most ease-in performances. He deserves the tag “Natural Star” as he conveys more with his eyes in this film than his body language, a variation from “V” and “Nenu Local”. In comedy scenes too, he maintains calmness and naughtiness that Sundar needs. Nazriya Fahad is one good performer who needs to be offered more roles and hope she does more movies. She is very believable as Leela. Naresh, Rohini, Azhagam Perumal, Nadhiya are good too. Harshavardhan steals the show in his comedy scenes and Srikanth Iyengar, Rahul Ramakrishna draw best laughs. Ali doesn’t leave an impact.

Niketh Bommi deserves to be praised for giving this movie an unique color pallette and visual tinge to relate to. Music and BGM by Vivek Sagar can be called as backbones of this movie. He elevated certain scenes just with his score like in Brochevarevarura.

Direction wise Vivek Athreya stages this story in a convincing way. But as a writer at places he overwrote scenes. One feels like they could have been cut short as we won’t lose the impact. Still, he brought out authenticity to the settings as Brahmin family and Christian family as well. He did not show Brahmins as funny people and Christians as forward thinkers. He balanced both the aspects by showing the funny side, heart warming side and cultural differences as well. Athreya showed maturity in not resorting to religious jokes like we have seen in movies like “Ju Lakataka” with similar themes. On the whole, it is a family friendly fun movie which needs slight patience at times but there too Vivek brings some funny scene to raise the momentum again.

Lead actors chemistry
Vivek Sagar BGM
Niketh Bommi Visuals

Few dragged out portions
Slightly slow pacing

Rating: 3/5
Bottom line: Sundar and Leela convince you!

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