Rating: 7/10 (Mature Sacrificial Love Film)
Cast: Nani, Nivetha Thomas, Aadhi Pinisetty, Murali Sharma, 30 Years Prudhvi and others
Story-Screenplay-Dialogues-Direction: Shiva Nirvana
Producer: DVV Danayya
Banner: DVV Entertainments
Plot: Uma Maheswar Rao (Nani) and Pallavi (Nivetha Thomas) are lovers in Vizag. However, due to personal decisions and thoughts, they break up. Whether or not they get back together and how Arun (Aadhi Pinisetty) fits into the setup forms the rest of Ninnu Kori.
Performances: Natural Star Nani is a superb actor and it's evident tp anyone who watches his films. Nani is excellent in his role and he makes you laugh, cry, and root for him throughout the whole movie.
Nivetha Thomas showed her acting prowess in Gentleman and follows it up in Ninnu Kori. She is phenomenal as Pallavi and is arguably the highlight of the movie.
Aadhi Pinisetty is very good in his role as Arun and gives a subtle performance and is exceptional in the pre climax episode.
Murali Sharma and Prudhvi as Pallavi's father and brother in law are hilarious with their situational comedy.
Direction: Shiva Nirvana makes an impressive debut. He wrote a script with realistic emotions and you sympathize with the characters throughout the movie. His belief in the script and the performances he extracted from his cast is superb. The situational comedy is hilarious and the way he has narrated the story with just 6 principle characters is impressive. Overall, he makes a confident and striking debut and shows depth at handling this romantic entertainer like an experienced director.
Technicalities: Music and BGM by Gopi Sunder is phenomenal. The background score deserves special mention. Cinematography by Karthik Ghattamaneni is spectacular. The film is visually rich and has some very good visuals of San Francisco and Vizag. After a slew of flops and severe criticism, Kona Venkat has redeemed himself in Ninnu Kori with situational dialogues that hilarious and heart touching. Art by Chinna is excellent. The fight in the film is well choreographed. Editing by Prawin Pudi is alright. Production Values by DVV Danayya are incredible. The film looks rich and grand.
+ Cast Performances
+ Music and Background Score
+ Realistic Content
+ Direction and Dialogues
Analysis and Verdict: Every review so far has made a mention of or compared the film to the Hindi film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam featuring Ajay Devgan, Salman Khan, and Aiswarya Rai.
I've never seen that film so I can't comment but what I can say is Ninnu Kori is one the most realistic and truthful Telugu films made in recent times.
The realistic emotions and the performances from the actors in the movie are so good that you can connect with the characters and the emotions that they go through. Ninnu Kori is a mature film where characters understand each other and it's a film that almost everyone can connect with.
The 1st half is breezy and has some very good situational comedy. The interval bang comes before you blink. I can't help but say the 2nd half of the film is a drag due to the decreased entertainment and the proceedings get a bit serious. The last 15 minutes are extremely slow but despite the sluggish pace, the film is still good.
Director Shiva Nirvana has chosen to end the film in a gutsy ending that may or may not be accepted by the Telugu audience.
Overall, Ninnu Kori is a mature love story that is about sacrifices in love that are for the greater good. Excellent performances, good situational comedy, the direction, and a scintillating background score are the highlights of this emotional entertainer.
It should do well in the Overseas market and A centers while it has limited appeal for the B and C centers.