So there are these things called Obfuscated Code challenges. These are contests where you write a program that does a given task but when anyone tries to read your program they are not expected to understand anything - that is you obfuscate your code such that no one looking at it can tell its purpose. And a good part of Nenorakam runs like it's winning the obfuscated script challenge.
So much keeps happening. Multiple young men are getting strange phone calls which trouble them. One guy gets caught with drugs and he insists that they must have been planted to implicate him. Completely unrelated, Svechcha (Reshmi Menon) insists that plants have feelings and should be apologised to. While she is grafting stalks, Gautam (Sai Ram Shankar) uses quite some graft to stalk her.
Gautam's stalking technique is really poor. For instance, he has a legitimate job! Now, sir/madam, we ask you, how is it acceptable to be a Telugu film stalker unless you do it full-time? How are you going to harrow the girl's head and burrow into her heart if she thinks you have more productive and meaningful things to do with life? Now we are no friends of Sairam Shankar's but we would strongly advise him to watch some of his brother's classics like Idiot
and also take notes from recent blockbusters like Nenu Local
(Tamilians do know how to celebrate a stalker when they see one).
Anyway, being relatively new to Telugu cinema, Svechcha is impressed by Gautam's subpar joblessness and pathetic lying capabilities. A duet later, she gets kidnapped by Sarath Kumar (his dubbing in Telugu almost unseats Shayaji Shinde from the "Most Annoying Telugu Speaker" pedestal).
Now Sarath Kumar wants Gautam to do various dangerous tasks to set Svechcha free. One of these tasks requires Gautam to run 10 km in 10 minutes (an average of 60kmph over 10 minutes). And Kumar goads Gautam with a wonderful line that goes "Nijamaina prema unte emaina cheyyochchu". We were reminded of Interstellar
which, too, deals with breaking human barriers and an equally bullshit line that goes "Love is the one thing that transcends space and time". Unmindful of our chagrin, however, Gautam accomplishes this task by means of slo-mo shots and profound faith in the audience's stupidity.
We could talk about the multiple other plot elements like comedy that calls Viva Harsha a bison, torture scenes (innovatively conceived - there's cigarettes, beer, prostitution and anything else you'd like to disgust you), and plenty of cleavage. But if we venture that far this review could end up being more writing than the film's script got.
One matter of interest is how the songs sound good (they actually do), the visuals look pretty, and the film's edited with a professionalism not expected of a non-film like Nenorakam. It reminds us of the famous Amitabh Bachchan - Shashi Kapoor exchange in Deewar where Vijay goes "Mere paas paisa hai, bangla hai, gaadi hai, naukar hai, bank balance hai - aur tumhare paas kya hai?" to which Ravi responds "Mere paas maa hai". The makers of Nenorakam had enough money and contacts to source out good technicians and good actors, and even get a large release. They appear to have no filmmaking capabilities, though. Nothing in the film is really worth discussing.
Uh, we might be a bit wrong there. There are precisely two reasons why you might want to walk into a hall playing Nenorakam.
1. M S Narayana is in it. This film must have been in the cans pretty long since MSN looks healthy and cheery. Though you need to suffer some awful dubbing for his voice.
2. The film being so old also means that you don't have Rahul Dravid lecturing you about getting run out and having 'patuthvam' in those awful No Cigarette ads. Instead you still have the erstwhile "Ee nagaraniki emaindi...?" which, if you are sentimental and sensitive like us, will be the most exciting thing about the film.