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Times of India
: The movie narrates the story of Subha and Vinay, a newly-married couple who get into serious trouble unexpectedly in Kenya. Whether they find their way out this mess forms the core of the film.
: The title of the film
Naku Penta Naku Taka
, a movie completely set in Kenya, means 'I love you, I need you' in Swahili. It's part romance, part thriller. While the romance part is made hearteningly good by Indrajith and Bhama, the latter part lacks the fizz. Subha, the new wife played by Bhama, takes a flight to Kenya where she plans to meet her husband and fly straight to the United States. She would later learn that they are not going to USA and would rather stay in Kenya.
The film is meant to be a typical story where couple find themselves trapped, eventually making their way out. What it lacks is consistent pace and good twists that could have improved it. Vayalar Madhavankutty works with a sun-baked landscape complete with golden-hued bushes and roaming zebras and giraffes. Huge, swarthy men and women draped in ethnic wear and decked up in traditional, chunky jewellery play along as the tribes.
Vinay (Indrajith) and Subha are forced to trade their identities in their bid to move out of a mess. The bid falters and all of a sudden they are branded as most wanted international criminal and his wife.
At this point, the narrative begins to wilt under a weight it cannot hold. Murali Gopy emerges as a dreaded criminal with a set of cliches ranging from a tonsured head to dark women rubbing their lips against his clean-shaven face.
The attempt deserves appreciation, there must have been some good days of labour put into shooting in the most unfriendly terrains. Still the film passes off as watchable when it could really have turned into something memorable.