Director: Anil Kanneganti
Banner: Shri Shailendra Cinemas
Nookayya @ Nokia is a cellphone thief. He is an orphan and he had two friends Nampally (Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao) and Chaa Chaa (Vennela Kishore). He is in love with Shilpa (Sana Khan), who is a pub waitress. Shilpa asks Nookayya that they should have a nice a car, lots of cash and a house before their marriage. So, Nookayya decides to earn a good amount of money to fulfil Shilpa’s wish. On the other hand, Anuradha (Kriti Karbandha) marries Kiran (Raja) and they both were on a trip to Bangalore and Kiran gets kidnapped by a gang led by Shajahan (Murali Sharma). The kidnappers demand Rs 2 crore ransom for the release of Kiran. Anu works in a bank and somehow steals Rs 2 crore from the bank and brings to the secluded place for exchange with the kidnappers for her husband. Nookayya steals the money from her. However, when Nookayya takes the money to Shilpa, he is surprised to know a harsh fact and Shilpa and Chaa Chaa escape with the money. Later, Nookayya accidentally meets Anu and comes to know that the money was stolen from the bank for the release of her husband. The kind hearted Nookayya decided to rescue her husband. Did Nookayya release her husband from the clutches of kidnappers? Did Shilpa marry Nookayya? Is there any twist in the kidnap of Kiran? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.
Manoj gave an excellent performance all through the film and he took the entire responsibility to work for the success of the film. Moreover, he himself shot several risky shots in the action scenes as he himself choreographed the action scenes. Not only in action scenes, he showed lots of ease in songs too. He got some punch dialogues too as Paruchuri Brothers penned them. Sana Khan filled the glamour slot and Kriti Karbandha got an excellent role to perform. Moreover, she appeared most beautifully in the movie. She gave a feel that she is there to stay for long on Telugu screen. Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao is okay in his character. Vennela Kishore tried to tickle the funny bone of the audiences to some extent. Brahmanandam should have given a little more time to entertain the audiences. Ahuti Prasad did a fine job in his role. Murli Sharma is loud and okay in villain’s role. Raja was a surprise character in this film. Brahmaji and Sameer Reddy made their presence felt.
Rajasekhar’s cinematography is extraordinary. He perfectly shot all the action scenes and the songs. Likewise, Naveen’s editing is also adequate. Dialogues by Paruchuri brothers are nice and there are some punch dialogues for Manoj. Comedy tracks for Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishre, Raghubabu and others too were perfectly penned by the writers. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, though had some Tamil scent, appears okay as the choreography of songs is good. The production values of Shri Shailendra Movies are terrific. The only draw back of the fl is the poor direction by Ani Kanneganti. Though he had a very good storyline, he could not narrate it properly. Moreover, he had lost grip on the story throughout the film. The entire first half of the film is very slow and pathetic. The interval bang is, however, good. Again he lost grip on the subject in the second half. However, the climax was good.
The screenplay of the film is very loose and that was the reason he could not narrate the story properly. Had the director could perfectly penned the screenplay and narrated the story with good grip, the film could have gone to places. The film may be liked by the audiences in ‘B’ and ‘C’ centres for some good action scenes, but the success of the film in ‘A’ centre is doubtful
Cast: Rocking Star Manchu Manoj, Kriti Karbandha, Sana Khan, Murli Sharma, Vennela Kishore, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venumadhav, Raghu Babu, Ahuti Prasad, Sivaprasad, Sana Shanoor
Credits: Story – Anil Krishna, Dialogues – Paruchuri Brothers, Stunts and Thrills – Manchu Manoj, Cinematography – B. Rajasekhar, Editor – Naveen Cuts, Music – Yuvan Shankar Raja, Presents – Cinema 5, Producer – DS Rao, Story, screenplay and direction – Ani Kanneganti
Released on: March 8, 2012