Abhi Ram (NTR) is son of Ramesh C Prasad (Rajendra Prasad) who was cheated by Krishnamurthy Kautilya (Jagapathi Babu). When his father is about to die in a month time, he comes to know about this and plans to take revenge on him and fulfil his last wish with the help of Divyanka (Rakul Preet Singh). How Abhi Ram fulfilled his last wish forms the rest of the story.
Cast and Performance
Coming to the main lead NTR, it’s definitely a super and complete makeover for him from his mass and type casted image. Right from his looks, dialogues and mannerism to his screen presence, we see a brand new and never before NTR. He carries whole movie on his shoulders. He just followed and believed director Sukumar blindly for this movie. Rakul Preet Singh as Divyanka is perfect. She plays her role with ease. Her voice is an added advantage for her role. Jagapathi Babu is fantastic as Kautilya, but has limited screen presence. Rajendra Prasad as father of NTR is nice. Rajeev Kanakala as elder brother of NTR is fantastic. Srinivas Avasarala, Naveen Neni, Tagubothu Ramesh and others excelled in their respective roles.
Basic story line by Sukumar is very simple. It is his intelligent and logical screenplay which makes difference. Each and every minute detail is taken care of and written with full logical substance. Dialogues are good and are fit for the scenes. Content written for this movie has universal appeal but has limited mass appeal.
Songs composed by Rock star Devi Sri Prasad are nice. The song which comes during the rolling titles composed and written by DSP is superb. His background score is also good and sets the correct mood of the scene. Cinematography by Vijay K Chakravarthy is super and his visuals look brilliant on screen. He had done a good job. Editing by Naveen Nooli is good. Peter Heins fights are fine and are limited. Production Values are excellent.
Screenplay and Direction
Slow pace in first half
Lack of NTR’s style action
Movie begins with a slow pace and NTR showing his emotion on something elsewhere. It ends abruptly and is not so entertaining. It is NTR, show all the way and his makeover show. He concentrated more on his makeover and ignored what his fans expect from his movies. Jagapathi Babu, who is said to be antagonist has limited screen presence and we don’t find much needed emotion between protagonist and antagonist. Second half begins with the same pace of first half and it picks up after some time. Hero trying again to make heroine fall for him mixed with underplaying mind game is what makes it. Climax scene in which Rajendra Prasad dies is high on emotion and is probably the best of the movie. Audience, who expect high voltage action sequences and much elevated heroism leaves disappointed. Less action sequences, zero heroic dialogues and full on universal content is what it makes Nannaku Prematho. To sum up, this movie is a complete makeover for NTR and he finally tried something new.