Nenu Naa Rakshasi is the story of life and death trying to depict the struggle to live as well as the desire to die. It also touches the subject of right to die.
Abhimanyu (Rana) is a killer for hire and he is in love with Meenakshi (Ileana) who works in a food joint. She does not respond to the romantic overtures of Abhi. There is a YouTube site which depicts suicides committed by people. Sionce this site is encouraging suicides, police officer Vikram (Subba Raju) is assigned to find out who operates the site. A situation arises when Abhimanyu wants to commit suicide anmd he contacts the YouTube website. He finds out that Meenakshi is shooting his suicide attempt. He desists from his suicide attempt. But, Vikram succeeds in arresting Meenakshi for her role in the suicide website. Abhi rescues Meenakshi from police custody but is chased by a goon (Abhimanyu Singh). Meenakshi tells Abhi about the suicide of her sister Shravya (Ileana again). The rest of the story deals with revealed flashbacks of the four principal characters.
Rana did not have a meaty role to impress. He looks quite stylish. Ileana acquits herself in both the roles. Subba Raju is convincing as a cop. Abhimanyu Singh is impressive. Mumaith is sexy but not appealing. Nagineedu, Kota and Ahuthi are as usual. All others go thro their motions.
Dealing with intagibles themes like right to die covered in commercial cinema format is not an easy thing. Puri Jagannath tried to tell the story in multiple layers which affected the narration content. The screenplay is not able to sustain viewer interest. Dialogues are pale and routine. Music is good but cannot uplift a disjointed story telling. Cinematography is very good. Production values are high.
Puri wanted to deal with suicides in a story which is formated in commercial cinema formula and the film fails to impress either the serious students of cinema or the regular movie goers.
The Cast and Crew
Rana Daggubati, Ileana, Abhimanyu Singh, Subbaraju, Nagineedu, Ali, Mumaith Khan, Ahuthi Prasad, Kota Sreenivasa Rao and others
Music: Rahman, Viswas, Anup Rubens
Lyrics: Rahman, Vishwas
Cinematogrpahy: Anmol Rathod
Producer: Nallamalupu Bujji
Banner: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
Story, Screenplay, Director: Puri Jagannath
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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