: ‘Ninnu Kori’ is essentially a love story but set against an unusual backdrop. Circumstances tear a much-in-love couple apart and they have to get used to the reality — until fate intervenes to show them life’s full of surprises.
: Moving on after heartbreak can be difficult, more so when you become a prisoner of your past, holding on to a set of beliefs. But what if life gives you another chance to look at things from a fresh perspective? ‘Ninnu Kori’ is a mature love story that will leave you as emotional and overwhelmed as wise.
Uma Maheswararao aka Uma (Nani) is like any other ambitious guy, pursuing a Ph.D. He meets Pallavi (Nivetha Thomas) and love blossoms. Everything seems rosy until Uma bags an opportunity to pursue his thesis in Delhi and leaves Pallavi behind. Heartbroken, Pallavi decides to move on in life with a suitable groom, Arun (Aadhi), and they move to San Francisco. One fine day, Pallavi discovers Uma has drowned in depression post break-up, despite landing a plum job in Los Angeles, and reaches out to him.
The proceedings pick up as Uma moves in with Pallavi and Arun. This is where you get to enjoy some typical comedy that Nani is synonymous with.
The first half has a bunch of cute scenes, depicting Uma and Pallavi’s love story, and then the story moves ahead to establish the reasons behind their break-up, why Uma chose career over love, and Pallavi let go of opportunities to reconcile with him.
Post intermission, the narrative continues at a comfortable pace with several interesting elements thrown in to make the audience gasp and even well up at certain points. Attempts by debutant director Shiva Nirvana to stay true to the film’s tagline — Let’s welcome life (by giving it another chance) — is on point. Youngsters would be able to relate with many of the situations shown in the film. The focus is on the complexities of relationships, married life and understanding between a couple.
The music enhances the narration and goes with the flow of scenes. Tracks like ‘Adiga Adiga’ and ‘Unnatunundi Gunde Vanda Kottukunde’ will stay with you.
Scenes between Murali Sharma, Prudhvi Raj and Nani stand out. As do the breathtaking visuals — aerial shots of Vizag and the USA — by Karthik Gattamaneni. Dialogues by Kona Venkat strike a chord, as expected.
Nani, Aadhi and Nivetha breathe life in their characters and you can’t think of anybody else playing those roles with such ease and conviction. You get to experience another side of Nani, who unlike his earlier movies, leaves you teary-eyed, especially in the second half.
On the flip side, the movie might remind you of several old classics from the ‘80s, which had a similar plot line. However, this one scores with its fresh approach and a strong message.
‘Ninnu Kori’ is an entertainer with lots of drama and emotion with just the right amount of laughter thrown in.