The rise of a new tribe of filmmakers who scorn clichéd forms of filmmaking and narration appears to be auguring well for Telugu cinema.
Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam, who is one among the prominent names in that tribe, is back with ‘Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi’, the trailer of which had stirred up much curiosity among movie buffs, and tells the journey of four youngsters who have been pursuing the idea of producing a short film ever since their college days.
Loosely inspired by some real incidents, Bhascker tells his story through Sai Shushanth Reddy, Venkatesh Kakumanu, Abhinav Gomatam and Viswak Sen.
Sai Shushanth Reddy as Karthik, manages a pub in the upscale Jubilee Hills, who accepts an offer made by his boss which he couldn’t refuse — to marry his boss’s daughter and settle in the US with his own club. Though it is a compromise with his own choice and taste in life, Karthik accepts for an engagement date on Skype with the girl he never met.
Venkatesh Kakumanu plays Upendra (Uppu), is an expert in wedding photography and video editing. Uppu faces an unexpected task from one of his clients — to remove pimples from the bride’s face. As he fails to do so, Uppu gets to face the unexpected.
Abhinav Gomatam as Kaushik plays a dubbing artiste for animated movies and aspires to take up more roles in television serials. However, he secretly dreams to become an actor in mainstream cinema.
Viswak Sen Naidu is Vivek, the angry young man of the gang, and is one who developed a flair for writing romantic scripts after falling for a girl. And he is yet to come out of the throes of a breakup with Shilpa (Simran Choudhary).
Eventually, all four end up making short films in Goa with assistance from their friend Shirley. Rather making the film hero-centric, the narrative revolves around the journey of these four young men.
With loads of fun and hilarious comedy, the flick instantly strikes a chord with the urban audience. Bhascker, perfectly managing the combo of newcomers and young talent, also brings in the Telangana dialect that he had experimented with in his first film ‘Pelli Choopulu’.
Although a few scenes appear to be a bit sluggish, the niceties, spontaneity and offbeat dialogues make the film worth watching.
Anisha Ambrose dons the role of Shirley while Simran Choudhary acts as Vivek’s girlfriend Shilpa. The film also has a cameo by Vijay Devarakonda, and for those who want a bit of entertainment this weekend, this movie could be worth it.