Nenu Nanna Abaddam clearly proves that Tollywood is truly suffering from an acute poverty of story ideas for films. The film is conceived poorly and executed with alarming disorientation. By showing the pre-ending in the beginning, the film treads slushy paths to a nauseating conclusion.
In Tuni, there is Abhi (Divya), a servant maid in the household of business tycoon Babu Naidu (Prakash Bharadwaj), who falls in love with her college mate Kiran (Nandu), the son of a cobbler. Babu Naidu’s father, a tyrant, gets everyone who comes close to Abhi, beaten up. The townsfolk whisper about why Naidu’s family treats a maid as a queen. Abhi and Kiran decide to marry and run away to Annavaram but goons bring them back. Babu Naidu wants to get Abhi married to Kiran. Then, in a twist laden with superstition, it is revealed that Abhi aka Abaddam is the daughter of Babu Naidu.
There is another rich girl Swapna who is also in love with Kiran. Upset about Kiran and Abhi she sets fire to herself. While trying to save her, Kiran also gets burnt badly. Abhi was told that Kiran is dead. He in fact gets treated at an herbal ashram in Vizianagaram. When Abhi is about to marry Nani, Kiran returns. The rest of the film ambles tediously towards a no-climax with skin-swapping cosmetic surgery.
In a poorly written film, the performance of Divya is the only saving grace. She is a natural actress. In fact, she played the young Jejamma in Anushka’s Arundhathi. It is truly unfortunate that she made her debut as leading lady with this film. Nandu tries his best to do something but fails. Prakash Bharadwaj is totally unimpressive. Agastya Sastry who played siddhanti looks younger after 18 years of reel life. Krishnudu’s cameo as a do-gooder macho is silly. Krishna Bhagawan and Dharmavarapu are stale in an insipid comic track. All others slide along with a slippery script.
Before the release of the film, director Govind Varaha said his film has the theme of Love is the same everywhere. But nowhere in the film you find love blossoming between the lead pair and the director thinks a couple of songs are enough to show it. The basis of love has not been established convincingly. The story is weak with an abnormal twist and contrived incidents. The dialogues are nauseating. The screenplay is more like that of a string of TV serial episodes. Music by Chinni Charan is good but is wasted. Somehow the songs did not fit into the scheme of things. Cinematography is just average. Production values are poor.
Nenu Nanna Abaddam is a novel title. But sadly, that is where the novelty ends. Director Govind Varaha has succeeded in creating new standards of mediocrity. The producers, who make TV serials, should know the intrinsic and inherent difference between small-screen-play and silver-screen-play. The final senseless blow comes from Yendamuri Veerendranath, playing the role of a plastic surgeon, giving a message about exalting love.
This film brings the entire Telugu cinema industry into disrepute, particularly after the phenomenal success of Tamil films dubbed in Telugu. Can’t our Tollywood guys create a good film story and tell it interestingly?
The Cast and Crew
Nandu, Divya, Prakash Bhardwaj, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Krishna Bhagawan, Krishnudu and others
Music Director: Chinni Charan
Producer: Bala Prakash
Director: Govind Varaha
0.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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