A cat and mouse chase between a powerful mafioso and a sharp cop, interlaced with a love-story and some comedy. How a Central Intelligence Officer uncovers the truth of a world famous magician and mimic artist is depicted in this ‘Love Intelligence Enmity’ film.
As the title suggests, mind games and a lot of untruth make up this LIE.
A Sathyam (Nithiin) is introduced as a good-for-nothing guy, but it is later revealed that he is leading a secret operation called ‘Sholay’, by the NIA, which is to be carried out in Las Vegas. Who else is going to LA? Chaitra (Megha Akash). The girl agrees to a get married to a suitor for the sole reason that it can take her to the States and she can live it up there.
It begins as a regular trip for the duo, and until that point, it is only known that Sathyam is on a mission to trace a kingpin, eminent magician Padmanabham (Arjun Sarja), who is famous for his Indian classic rope walk trick. He is due to retire from the field after one final performance in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Operation Sholay kicks off in Old City with forces trying to steal a suitcase which contains a coat belonging to Padmanabham. The first half is set against the backdrop of LA, while the second half shifts to San Francisco for some heavy action sequences.
Why is Padmanabham losing sleep over the suitcase and a painting that is supposed to reach him from Hyderabad? How Sathyam succeeds in reaching out to Padmanabham using his intelligence is what forms the crux of ‘LIE’, to put it straight.
Apart from a few setbacks, ‘LIE’ offers some out-of-the-box antics for people who love experimental cinema packed with thrill. The nail-biting experience that the second-half offers goes south towards the end.
The highlight is undoubtedly the character of Padmanabham. Action king Arjun has just slipped into the character with impressive ease. His acting, dialogue delivery and emoting stay with you even after the film ends.
Nithiin looks the part with his rugged makeover and strikes a chord with the audience. He tugs at the heart strings of his female fans with his suave portrayal. Megha Akash does her bit and looks, well, just about okay on screen. Sriram is seen in a Telugu film after long and he plays the loyal friend role to the T, almost as if sleepwalking through the role. Nasser, Ravi Kishan, Pruthvi Raj, Brahmaji and Sudarshan have done a great job.
Songs are pretty meh and except for the ‘Bombhaat’ song, the music doesn’t have anything you would like to write home about. As far as the background score goes, Mani Sharma has proved his mettle yet again. The action sequences are on point.
The climax will take you by surprise, but the Hanu Raghavapudi directorial will disappoint you in some bits — like you won’t get to see Padmanabham pulling off his famous rope walk trick and then some incidents are not just convincing enough.