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Nannaku Prematho
Ravi Kandala / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
Using songs in taking a story forward is an art by itself. And Sukumar has shown in his movies that he is a pastmaster at that. In 100% Love, songs were used beautifully to move the story ahead or introduce us to his characters. Arya had songs that became classics as they explained to us the dilemma faced by the lead character and his philosophy in life.

Even in Nannaku Prematho, the Follow Follow song is picturized nicely telling us how the hero simply followed the heroine to her destination. And then comes a song in the second half. Exactly after a scene that is supposed to take your emotions to a high, exactly where you expect the narrative to take a twist that will take the tale forward in a way you did not imagine, Sukumar decides to cut away to a song. A song in an Arabian harem-style setting with the hero and heroine dancing to lyrics that go Aleba Aleba. And that is where you have the epiphany that when a director takes a hero with an image, he has to satisfy the latter's fans. Even at the cost of his own creativity and story. So when judging this one, maybe we should all cut Sukumar some slack.

Nannaku Prematho is a revenge story where one man vows to bring down the empire of a rich and ruthless businessman who had cheated his father eons ago. Abhiram (Jr. NTR) is the son of a man he's known as Subramaniam (Rajendra Prasad) all his life. When Subramaniam contracts cancer, he reveals that his real name is Ramesh Chandra Prasad and that he had to change his identity after being cheated by Krishnamurthy (Jagapathi Babu). Now Ramesh Chandra Prasad has 30 days to live, and Abhiram vows that he will destroy Krishnamurthy's business empire in those 30 days. With both Abhiram and Krishnamurthy being supremely intelligent people, the stage is set beautifully for a great game of one-upmanship.

What ensues, however, is a game that sees ups and downs - ups when Sukumar shows his good side and downs whenever he bows down to the diktats of Telugu cinema. The story almost moves in an Abbas-Mastan-esque fashion. Every time you think one of the characters has the upper hand, the other gains the upper hand, and you are left stumped. If you do sit down to think in detail about the movie, there are glaring flaws that will show up - NTR feels like superman at times and his mathematical abilities stun the audience through the movie - but Sukumar overcomes that by not allowing you time to think.

Nannaku Prematho sees NTR cut down on the histrionics and put in a subdued performance. He dances as required and the fights are also not of the superhuman variety. Jagapati Babu gives a smooth performance as an understated villain who matches the hero move by move. Rakul Preet Singh does a good job and even dubs her own voice. Rajendra Prasad and Rajeev Kanakala get the other meaty parts, and are their usual reliable selves.

The songs are decent, but they interrupt the flow of the movie. DSP does a good job with the background music. The visuals are brilliant and the dull greys of a rainy London are captured in all their beauty.

Nannaku Prematho is not an easily palatable dish. It has its moments and is certainly very different when compared to regular Telugu movies, but some might find it extremely far-fetched. Go with an open mind - we are not sure what to advise you on this one.
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Josh on 15th Jan 2016, 9:09am | Permalink
The so called Butterfly Effect is an intuitive but rather implausible illustration of Chaos. What it says is the flapping of a butterfly's wings 'could' cause a hurricane in a different continent. No one says it is the reason why America gets hurricanes. If that were true, Chandra Babu Naidu would have leased off spots in the Pacific and raised butterflies there during that last rainless stint of his.

Unpredictability is at the core of Chaos. The emphasis is on what's called 'sensitivity to initial conditions'. That specifically means that if the initial situation is even slightly approximated, the end result can vary extremely. This is very counter-intuitive to the experiments we are used to seeing - the ones where we expect the same results always. Chaotic experiments are exactly those where the results are quite unpredictable even though we control all the initial conditions to a high degree.

What I'm getting at is when Abhiram says his favourite 'theory' is the Butterfly Effect and he conveniently predicts events of the future (even two minutes is way too much time to predict anything concrete) when the interlinking events are all chaotic (bouncing basketballs, glares from cans and the like), something just isn't right about the whole thing.
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rahulsachinsourav123 on 18th Jan 2016, 9:20pm | Permalink
I want this movie to collect 100 crores. No, I am neither big fan of NTR nor I found this movie awesome. I want this movie to send out strong message to NTR and to other heroes and directors that Telugu audiences are matured enough to enjoy and like content driven movies and well taken movies and movies with different story lines. The success of this movie should be a serious learning lesson for all heroes, directors and story writers who keeps churning out movie after movie with same story templates like ""Bhasha" template, "Revenge" template, "Love Story" template, etc etc. Bottom line is there are many who still think Telugu audiences are dumb, otherwise how on earth movies like Dictator are still getting made???
Audience meeda prematho on 21st Feb 2016, 10:07am | Permalink
Content?? This is one hell of a stupid movie like any other Sukumar movie. He is the biggest quack director in telugu film industry.He has a penchant for patching up random visuals he lifted from hollywood or other foreign films and he often does a very nasty job of such patching up. Awful director to the core.....
Josh on 15th Jan 2016, 9:09am | Permalink
The so called Butterfly Effect is an intuitive but rather implausible illustration of Chaos. What it says is the flapping of a butterfly's wings 'could' cause a hurricane in a different continent. No one says it is the reason why America gets hurricanes. If that were true, Chandra Babu Naidu would have leased off spots in the Pacific and raised butterflies there during that last rainless stint of his.

Unpredictability is at the core of Chaos. The emphasis is on what's called 'sensitivity to initial conditions'. That specifically means that if the initial situation is even slightly approximated, the end result can vary extremely. This is very counter-intuitive to the experiments we are used to seeing - the ones where we expect the same results always. Chaotic experiments are exactly those where the results are quite unpredictable even though we control all the initial conditions to a high degree.

What I'm getting at is when Abhiram says his favourite 'theory' is the Butterfly Effect and he conveniently predicts events of the future (even two minutes is way too much time to predict anything concrete) when the interlinking events are all chaotic (bouncing basketballs, glares from cans and the like), something just isn't right about the whole thing.
Neil Anderson on 15th Jan 2016, 12:33pm | Permalink
Thanks Josh, for the info. on 'The Butterfly Effect'. I wanted to google it after the many references in the movie. One has to say its one of the things that N.P didn't quite get right or should I say didn't optimally utilize.
Neil Anderson on 14th Jan 2016, 10:25pm | Permalink
I have been following FullHyd & Ravi K for a while now. Have immense respect for this site for its honest opinions and for the sense of humor in its review.

Couldn't agree more with Ravi K. Saw "N.P" yesterday and I also felt that it had its moments and was different than the regular Telugu movies. A "6 on 10" for the moments that "N.P" got right and for trying to be different than the run of the mill routine fare being dished out week after week.
Ammaku kopamtho on 14th Jan 2016, 2:10pm | Permalink
So our very own "christopher nolan+alfonso cuaron+alejandro innaritu" mix Sukumar... Who came up with psychologial thrillers like nenokadne, arya 2 and 100% love now makes another physics, maths and logic defying thriller called nannaku prematho....which is basially a feeble attempt at making hollywood style movie by a wannabe director...so go in and expect a dud...cheers
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