Sushanth after a long hiatus of four years comes with ‘Adda’ directed by a debutant, Sai Karthik Reddy.
The ‘Adda’ in the movie refers to the area near the register office, where Abhi (Sushanth) is a matchmaker cum break-up expert. His motto is to help the deserving ones to get married and sketches plans for breaking the undeserving couples. Priya (Shanvi) is the son of the rich Shankar Patel, and is a person who boasts of the money and power she possesses. Priya ‘s sister is in love with her colleague (Srinivasa Avasarala). Priya hires Abhi for breaking this couple. In due course, Abhi falls in love with Priya, but she is highly opinionated about Abhi that he is a person who cannot love. The rest of the movie deals with how Abhi proves his love to Priya and to his conscience.
The movie has an entertaining first-half, which continues in the beginning of the second half too. There is a good chemistry between Sushant and Shanvi, and many entertaining sequences. The movie never gets too heavy, and keeps the viewer glued with its own share of light moments. The comedy track of Shanraj, Venu and Thagubothu Ramesh was funny too. However, the last 45 minutes is a heavily clichéd work, where the audience who have enjoyed the movie so far, starts moving out of the hall. Such was the degree of predictability in the last 45 minutes.
Sushanth is gradually growing as an actor and performed way better than his first two flicks. However, he has a long way to go. He tries very hard with his mannerisms to give a heroic appeal. He succeeds in few parts, but seems artificial in majority of the places. Shanvi was cute and does a decent job. Dev Gill is cast in a very stereotypical role which he has been playing in almost all his movies– a well-built prospective bridegroom for the ‘heroine’ and is at loggerheads with the ‘hero’. Srinivasa Avasarala gets a very limited role as the soft-spoken software professional, and is good. Suhasini was decent. Kota is wasted and Nagineedu was a male mannequin with hardly anything to do. Jayaprakash Reddy makes an entertaining special appearance.
Music by Anoop Rubens is a plus, with nicely choreographed songs. Dialogues are adequate and screenplay was OK.
‘Adda’ is definitely a one-time watch, if you can forgive the last 45 minutes.