If star siblings and star sons are doing so well for themselves, then can star
grandsons be far behind? Well, it appears difficult to answer from Ninnu Choodaalani.
The guy reminds you of NTR physically at least - he's as rotund as NTR was in
the color film era. But he handles the dance and fight sequences with surprising
ability. Yet, he can't make you laugh. So is he going to be a hit? Well, clairvoyance
in film reviewing is restricted to the product at hand, so here goes.
Venu (N T Rama Rao) is the kind who'll sing for a song and is generally into life.
Then a bunch of extremely silly never-say-die girls chases Siri (Raveena Rajput)
right into his arms, and he, needless-to-say, falls in love with her at that.
In an extremely innovative approach in Telugu films, Venu and Siri happen to be
the grandchildren of two rivals. Shiva Reddy and Sahadev Reddy, sweet shop owners
both, love reviling each other.
Venu, in search of the girl who has 'stolen his heart' (pardon us folks, these movies are starting to rub off on us now), sets up a hoarding in the middle of the city with her picture and his phone number. JFI, the hoardings at the Greenlands crossroads for a month cost significantly more than a CBZ. Such minor things aside, Siri's dad thrashes the life out of Venu and accuses his daughter of loving him. And she starts hating Venu with all her heart.
To cut some long scenes short, Venu's persistence makes Siri fall in love with
him. And at this stage, the granddads on either side decide to enter politics
to serve the country. Of course, they both contest from different parties. And
afraid that their respective granddads might lose the election because of their
love affair, Venu and Siri decide to stay away from each other until the elections
finish. And Siri's father now decides to get her married her to someone else.
Ninnu Choodaalani is strictly average. The only positive aspect is probably NTR's dancing and fighting ability, which, as we remarked, comes as a surprise given his roundness. The movie keeps promising twists in the story, but continuously leads nowhere. NTR's attempts at humor fail as badly as those of his perverted bum-chums do. Raveena looks cross all through the movie - even when she proposes to the hero. Both the hero and heroine put up very average performances. The granddads, though, enact their roles perfectly.
The songs are nothing to rave about, and the movie doesn't impress technically
either. However, if you are an NTR fan, your loyalty will probably keep you happy
throughout. For NTR (junior), though, there's a lot of brushing up on basics to
do. Loyalty doesn't pay continuously - remember a certain Kalyana Chakravarthi?