Production: Viacom 18
Staring: Nayanthara, Vaibhav, Pasupathi
Director: Shekar Kammula
Music: MM Keeravani
Aftermath the National award winning Endeavour with ‘Dirty Picture’, Vidya Balan made a straight cut of leaving you amazed with her next outing ‘Kahaani’ that kept us so much breathless from beginning till the end. Sekhar Kammula sets down the bilingual remake of this film in Tamil and Telugu (but most of the scenes are just dubbed and not reshot with Tamil dialogues). Nee Enge En Anbe – as the title suggests is the thirst and pathetic search of an innocent girl Anamika (Nayantara) from USA, who has reached Hyderabad in search of her missing husband who came to the city for a software project. On the parallel track, the entire city of Hyderabad is discombobulated with the upheavals created by bomb blasts. Wedged between the emotional bonding and perplexing situations, Anamika embarks on her journey in search of her husband.
A cherry-pick of Vidya Balan’s Kahaani was the protagonist depicted as a pregnant lady and it kindled in us the unconditional sympathies. With an individualistic ritual of proving his uniqueness, Sekhar has tried inserting his creative abilities. Nayan becomes a newlywed desolated woman in search of her husband and her act of diligence in exerting the best in every scene is outmost highlight of the film. With the complete film encompassed on her character, Nayan does a brilliant job in getting it right to prove her prowess. The scenario of prologue we see in the first scene of bomb blast in Hyderabad leaves a lump in our throats, but the impact slightly gets diluted during the first hour with some sluggish moments. But the story takes an abrupt pace as it reaches the second hour. With a bundle of entangled twists and turns, the climax far different from the original version offers an immense surprise, shock and a moment to applaud.
The background score by Maragadhamani is the puller of complete energy into the scenes that are crafted with thrill moments. The cinematography across the huddled streets of Hyderabad is a good show. On the flip side, there is a lack of lip-synch due to the dubbed factors from Telugu and it gives a clear picture of watching a dubbed flick.
On the level of performance, Pasupathi as a chain-smoking cop deserves special mention, but his characterisation could have been little substantial as his smart moves always end up as failures. Vaibhav is decorous in performance. The lodge owner with innocent shades, the hilarious lustful cop trying to hit Nayan with ‘I am still a bachelor’ phrases have done their roles well and so is the mysterious courier man bumping off the characters.
Nee Enge En Anbe is a new experience to the ones who haven’t watched Kahaani. With few modifications fitting better and rest little unapt, the film is middling in parts.
What works – Story, screenplay, background and direction
What doesn’t work – Hindi-Telugu dialogues, lip synch in dialogues, a feel of dubbed movie experience, the lack of impact created by Kahaani
Verdict: Deserves a watch…
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