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Nela Ticket
Kritika Deval /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait for OTT
The thing to keep in mind about Nela Ticket is that it's a stupid movie that assumes that all the people watching it are also stupid.

Therefore, you have situations like one person explaining to Ravi Teja that a bad thing has happened to them, and then Ravi Teja explaining to everyone else that a bad thing has happened and how he will not stand for it as he pummels the source of the bad thing happening into a pulp.

Therefore, every fight scene comes with all the appropriate sounds so that the audience won't miss out on each and every bone that is being cracked, and every bit of comedy comes with giant neon-lit instructions to laugh.

Therefore, you have people saying the same thing over and over again in slightly different terms so that we, the people, the so-called masses this film is aimed at, will not forget that the hero is a "jovial" person who will do anything for anyone who calls him family; so that we'll remember that the villain's name is Aditya Bhupathi (Jagapathi Babu) and that he is Evil; so that we'll always keep in mind that our hero's love interest (Malvika Sharma) is a pedda dactaru, even if he only acknowledges this fact while he moons over her like a creep.

Please forgive our vehemence. The hours we spent in that theatre as part of a captive audience were rather trying. This is rather ironic because one of the things Ravi Teja says again and again and yet again is chuttu janam, madhyalo manam. This explanation is obviously the result of having expected to watch a movie, and instead being subjected to what is obviously a terribly executed lecture on all the things that make up a "mass" Telugu flick created by a terrible teacher.

So, basically, Ravi Teja has some weird nickname thing going on that we don't even care about because the only thing that he is throughout the film is the LCM of his cult personality and what his cult expects of him. He comes to Hyderabad from Vizag because he's a total weirdo who people will only put up with for short periods of time. The first thing he does upon entering the city is slap someone. The second thing he does is stalk a pretty girl on the road to the point that the auto he's in crashes into the bike that she's riding. He claims he does this out of lovvu. We've read stories that begin like this in the newspaper. They never end well, least of all for the poor soul who's only apparent crime is trying to go from one place to another while female.

Meanwhile, our Big Bad is the home minister who tells his assistant to set the IAS merit list on fire while a fat, rich man negotiates with him on how much he's willing to pay for a plum posting. Then, the minister turns to the assistant and tells him that the money he gets from this fat, rich person is the real merit list. Right before this scene we see a bunch of IAS hopefuls training hard and then sitting together on the ground to eat. One of them is very poor and only has two idlis. Another one has more food, and feels bad about it. So he shares it with everyone. There's sentimental music in the background. This film is obviously set in a universe where the concept of subtlety does not exist.

Anyway, we keep shifting back and forth from how much of a hero our hero is and how much of a vilain pour vilain is, and in between Malvika does weird things with her face and forgets entirely that the '70s happened and that feminism is a thing, and there are songs, during which we recommend you carry your headphones and favourite playlist. Also, Bramhanandam sits around in alleyways and does weird things with his face, which are however still better than the weird things Malvika does with her face.

At some point during Ravi Teja's attempts at righting all the wrongs in the world around him, he goes head to head with the home minister, and the rest, as they say, is history, if history is both utterly nonsensical and mind-numbingly predictable at the same time.

The movie looks about as shoddy and dated as the plot and the dialogue and the music and the characterisations. Jagapathi Babu looks like a villain we'd probably enjoy in a film that was even slightly better. Ravi Teja is basically all the worst things that people who dislike him hate about him, and only those things. There is not a single word that comes out of his mouth that will not make you cringe.

We could just sit here and whine about our experiences the whole day. The tl:dr version of the review is the very first sentence.
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Jyothika on 2nd Jun 2018, 3:37pm | Permalink
Reviewer is trying toooooo hard to write in that fullhyd template. Probably a new one. He or she better discover her or his own style.
Portuguese Man-of-War on 3rd Jun 2018, 12:55pm | Permalink
What is the fullhyd template anyway?
Josh on 2nd Jun 2018, 8:46pm | Permalink
God, no! Kritika Deval is a veteran at this stuff. And I place her work above that of the tremendously popular Deepa Garimella.
Hari on 26th May 2018, 7:09am | Permalink
This film is obviously set in a universe where the concept of subtlety does not exist.
Love that line. And I think this is a problem with many of our movies.

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