180 is the story of a young man who has only six months to live owing to a quirk of fate and the film explores how the young man goes all out to please those around him while awaiting his fate.
Ajay (Siddharth) lands in Varanasi and rechristens himself as Mano and is determined to lead a life that gives him happiness by spreading affection around. He relocates to Hyderabad where he tries to infuse happiness into street kids. A jurno Vidya (Nithya Menon) appreciates what Mano is doing and falls in love with him. Then, owing to a conspiracy of circumstances, Mano has to come to the rescue of Vidya and take her to USA. All the while Mano seems to be weighed down by the past.
A flash back reveals Ajay’s marriage to Renuka (Priya Anand) in USA and their lives turn turtle when it is known that Anjay has been inflicted with cancer and he has only 180 days to live. Ajay lands in India. What happens to the relationship of Ajay-Vidya-Renuka forms the rest of the story.
Siddharth is sauve and creditable in a challenging role. Nithya Menon and Priya Anand essay their roles with aplomb. Tanikella Bharani is his usual self. M S Narayana and Lakshmi Ramakrishnan are good in their cameos. All others fit their roles.
The story by Subha is centered round the mysteries of misfortune. The screenplay does not help a smooth narration. Dialogues are not appealing. However, the story in its twist has no interesting aspect to offer except the psychological trauma of the lead actors. Music is good. Songs are picturised well. Balasubramaniem’s cinematography is excellent. Editing is slick. Director Jayendra’s technical expertise is visible throughout. The film is technically well made. Production values are high.
A long time ago Rajesh Khanna played a similar role in Anand. The film 180 is visually appealing but the narration lacks the spirit to gain the continuous attention of the viewers. This is strictly for the multiplex cine buffs. Good performances and technical finesse.
The Cast and Crew
Siddharth, Nithya Menon, Priya Anand, Tanikella Bharani, M S Narayana, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, Mouli, Janaki, Geetha and others
Music: Sharreth Vasudevan
Producers: Kiran Reddy, Swarup Reddy, C Srikanth
Banners: Satyam Movies, Aghal Films
2.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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