It's pretty close to what U2 meant in All the promises we make, from the
cradle to the grave / when all I want is love, when all I want is you...
- only, Nuvve Kaavaali is not as heady. It makes you feel real good to
be in college. Or real bad to be out, as the case might be. Don't go by the
words on the posters all around the city - Nuvve Kaavaali is a love story...
and a good one too. Usha Kiran Movies has come up with a second consecutive
winner after Chitram. Despite a fair number of mushy movies for a couple
of years now, the queues for Nuvve Kaavaali make it evident that the
crowds haven't had enough.
The film is a story of two friends, Tarun (Tarun) and Madhu (Richa), who have
all the stereotypical requirements for friendship - they are born on the same
day and in the same hospital, they've studied in the same school, are pursuing
their degrees in the same college, and, yes, are neighbors. The first half is
all about these friends - childish pranks, petty quarrels, tender moments and
life on campus. The second half is about Tarun's realization that he loves Madhu
and his dilemma of to say or not to say, based on a feeble fear that he will
lose her. Things reach the flash point when Madhu is engaged to Ashok (Sai Kiran).
Nuvve Kaavaali has nothing new or unique as far as the storyline or script
is concerned. But, it has an excellent director, A-grade cinematography and
a competent star cast. Remember Tarun, that cute little child artiste from the
heart-warming movie Anjali? Well, he has blossomed into a young
man and debuts in this movie. And, judging by the reaction of the fairer sex
in the audience, he is as cute as ever. Tarun has a lot of promise as an actor
but his chocolate boy looks might typecast him. Richa is cute and cuddly, but
lacks the voluptuousness that sets Telugu screens on fire. One fears that she
will remain that pretty girl who came and went. Koti's music is a blast - with
peppy beats and lots of fusion, these compositions are youthful and pleasant.
Nuvve Kaavaali is a wholesome and refreshing entertainer. Go for it.