Truth be told, I went in with crazy high expectations. For one, I am a huge fan of Tharun Bhascker. Second, I LOVED Pellichoopulu. It’s easily one of the best movies of TFI for me. And then, there’s Vivek Sagar’s music.
Disclaimer: On some level, you could say I went in with some preconceived notion that this would be a good film, if not a great one (these days I’m more convinced with the idea that you CANNOT go to a film with a neutral mind. Regardless of how much you try to, it’s just not possible. However, you can always objectively opine about the movie AFTER you’ve watched it, and I can assure you that that’s what we do here at ReelTalk. If we think a movie is shit, it’s shit regardless of whether we’re fans of the director, actor, producer, music director etc).
So, here we go with my honest review of Ee Nagaraaniki Emyndi.
I didn’t particularly LOVE this film. I loved some parts of it, I liked the others. I mean, I had a good time watching this film, definitely. But I probably wouldn’t watch it multiples times.
Based on “almost true stories”, Tharun’s film is an ode of sorts to short-film makers, short-films, the art of film-making, and to an extent, friendship. And as far as short films in Telugu are concerned, Tharun is the voice of authority. It’s no surprise that he’d choose to make a film about a group of friends who want to make a short film. But but but, don’t be carried away. It’s not that from start to finish. Actually, a very small portion of the film is actually concentrated on the short-film thingy. Most of it can be called a “buddy film” – think of it as an extension to all the buddy-comedy scenes from Pellichoopulu, but with some heart and a love story thrown in.
Buddy-comedies tend to get sexist and vulgar. ENE tries very hard to not enter that arena and for 99% part, it doesn’t. I couldn’t help but notice a thing or two here and there, but it ends at that.
As far as entertaining you is concerned, ENE does a good job for the most part. There’s some drag in the second half and the film derails momentarily, but it picks up during the concluding moments, as it should. The first half is a breeze. Nothing impactful – this movie doesn’t set out to bring about a change or anything, and in that aspect it’s self-aware – but you don’t mind the film.
Vishwaksen is so easy on the eyes, and clearly there’s a lot of untapped potential in this actor. Sai Sushanth’s character is meaty and he bites into it like you wouldn’t expect a debutante to. Abhinav Gomatam is promising. Venkatesh Kakamanu doesn’t get much to do. Anisha Ambrose, the most experienced of the lot, fits the bill. Simran Chaudhary is okay too.
The Telangana dialect is used in this film, like in Pellichoopulu, and as always, it works. I’ve watched films in which dialects, Telangana included, are used to bring about a comic relief (for whatever crazy reason). Tharun’s maturity as a film-maker is evident from several things, one of which is certainly to make his movies as TRUE as possible. Hence the dialect choice. It’s refreshing and so so familiar!
That said, I think they should have done away with actors half-way uttering cuss words (not really half-way in one case, actually, and wonder why that wasn’t muted). We don’t necessarily need to rely on cuss words to make a point, and Tharun himself accomplished so much in Pellichoopulu without one single cuss word. Why here, I wondered, but it’s a relief the words didn’t come out in entirety. There’s U/A rating, but still. Maybe I’m just aging.
Vivek Sagar – Sammohanam and now this! I personally loved Aagi Aagi from ENE. The rest didn’t land as much as I had thought they would, but they didn’t sound off. Niketh Bommi, who previously handled the camera for Yuddham Sharanam (a movie only I liked, apparently), works his magic in this movie too. I think I even mentioned in my Yuddham Sharanam review that I had high hopes for this guy and boy, he delivers with this one too! Dialogues are neat throughout.
All said and done, I’d suggest you to go watch ENE at least once. Borrowing words from Jeremy Jahns, it’s a good time, no alcohol required. (The film has a lot of drinking and a lot of dialogues involving drinking, BTW)
PS: Wait for the climax. I thought it was nice. 😛 Also, the end-credits scene where the four friends talk about their favourite TV-shows during childhood. It’s a sweet throwback to our own childhoods!
PPS: All the images used in this review, including the featured image, are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube, uploaded by Suresh Productions. This review is not paid for or commissioned by anyone on the film’s team and opinions put forward in this review are solely those of the reviewer.