While the first half of the film is a big letdown, the second sort of balances the damage done in the first part. By the time, we get to the actual story it becomes a tad too predictable.
Movie Review :
The film is based on a premise that when you have a deeper connection with someone, the universe finds a way to unite you, just like it happens in the case of Mahalakshmi and Krishna Mohan in the film. They are poles apart in almost everything, especially in their approach towards life; however, it's just a matter of time before they realise what, or rather whom, they have been yearning for all their life.
Quite early into the story, we are told that they are made for each other; however, they'll have to wait for more than 25 years for them to reunite and by then, the duo is poles apart. Krishna Mohan keeps nagging Mahalakshmi that she isn't modern enough for her boyfriend to take her seriously, whereas Mahalakshmi insists that she's fine with being old-fashioned, until she realises that she gets ditched by her lover Gopi (Sreedhar Rao). Eventually, this incident triggers Mahalakshmi to learn few tricks about love from Krishna Mohan and in the process, both of them realise that they are perfect for each other.
Varun Sandesh, who plays Krishna Mohan, underplays his role to good effect; however, there's absolutely no zing in his characterisation. He isn't an introvert, but he chooses to behave like that every time he goes to work, although he doesn't mind sharing a thing or two with Mahalakshmi about how to make her ex-boyfriend fall in love with her again. Varun Sandesh's calmness is in stark contrast with Poorna's over-the-top portrayal of a simpleton. She's consistently loud and her dubbing, especially in the first half, makes it all the more difficult to empathise with her. While the first half of the film is a big letdown, the second sort of balances the damage done in the first part. By the time, we get to the actual story it becomes a tad too predictable.
This isn't the first film that is cliched enough to make you care less about the story or its characters; however, the problem is neither the story nor the characterization is interesting enough to captivate our interest. The simplicity with which Trinadh Rao, the director, approaches the subject lends is palpable. The credit for some of the finer moments in the film goes to Gnanasekhar's cinematography and one of the songs where both the lead characters express their angst is wonderful.
Nuvvala Nenila could have easily been a good romantic entertainer, if only there was some great chemistry between the lead actors. However, neither of them realise what they have been missing and it just becomes a laborious exercise to watch them come to terms with their love for each other.