Mr Nookayya is an action thriller with a fair dose of romance and a dash of humour.
The story has two streams : the first one deals with Anuradha (Kirti Karbhanda) a bank manager who gets married to her beau Ravi Kiran (Raja). Their married life is short lived as Kiran is kidnapped by Shajahan (Murali Sharma) who demands a ransom of Rs 2 crore.
The second stream deals with a petty thief Nookayya ( Manchu Manoj) who specialises in knocking off mobile phones. He is an orphan and a thief with a heart and helps other orphans. He has Chicha Charger (Vennela Kishore) and Nampally (Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao) as his close aides and buddies. He is in love with Shilpa (Sana Khan) who works in a bar. Nookayya has dreams of getting a lot of money, get married to Shilpa and settle down.
The two streams merge as Anuradha steals Rs 2 cr from the bank where she is working to pay the ransom and Nookayya knocks off that amount. Then there is an unexpected twist. Nookayya had to team up with Anuradha to save Kiran.
Why is Kiran kidnapped by Shajahan? Why is Nookayya teamed up with Anuradha? What happened to Shilpa? The answers to these questions lead to the climax.
Manchu Manoj is all energy and dash and carries himself with confidence. He is developing his own style of dialogue delivery and is good with his comic antics. Kirti and Sana are quite gorgeous. Veenala Kishore and Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao are convincing. Raja acquits himself well. Murali Sharma does his bit of villainy. Brahmanandam is as usual. All others are passable.
The story has enough of twists to keep the interest of the audience. The dialogues by Paruchuri Bros have pep but go over-board here and there. The screenplay keeps the narration at a steady pace. The presentation by the director is slick and stylish.Music is good but a couple of songs actually hamper the narration flow. Cinematography adds to the visual value. The film is technically well made within the means of the budget.
Mr Nookayya is a typical formula film but has enough mainstream entertainment elements to deserve a look-in.
The Cast and Crew
Manchu Manoj, Kriti Kharbanda, Sana Khan, Murali Sharma, Vennela Kishore, Brahmanandama, Raja, Sameer Reddy, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Brahmaji and Others
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematographer : Rajasekhar
Producer: D S Rao
Banner : Sri Sailendra Cinemas
Director: Ani Kanneganti
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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