Overall then, it’s absolutely a one-time watch film.
Cast: Nikhil Siddharth, Nandita Shweta, Hebah Patel, Satya, Vennela Kishore, Tanikella and others
Ekkadiki Pothav Chinnavada was out on Friday with Nikhil Siddharth, Nandita Shweta Hebah Patel and in the top. Arjun (Nikhil Siddharth), a student, is left great and dry by his lover Ayesha at the marriage registrar’s workplace. Four years later, he still hasn’t come to be over her. His friend (Vennela Kishore) is suffering from a spiritual problem and asks him to accompany him to a place of worship in a forest in Kerala, which is known to treat such sort of teething troubles. There Arjun meets Amala (Hebah) from Vijayawada who has come for her sister’s cure. Their friendship becomes strong and he desires to propose her, but the next morning she leaves.
A dissatisfied Arjun returns to Hyderabad where he sees her while driving. He instantly meets her but she declares her name is Nitya and not Amala. Nitya’s sister then states that Amala had died long back and her soul had entered Nitya’s body and that’s why they had left to Kerala. But meanwhile Arjun gets a call from Amala (Nandita Shweta) and she is on his way to see him. So who is Amala and why is she haunting Arjun? Director V.I. Anand has done great effort with the screenplay and has cleverly mixed a paranormal theme with a love story. It’s actually a thriller entertainment.
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Though the movie starts on a dull note, once the story changes to Kerala, it gains momentum. And the director upholds the suspense until the very finale. There are a number of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Nikhil fits the personality of Arjun brilliantly. He looks good as an undergraduate and as a professional later in life. Hebah Patel has done a decent job and acts naturally. But the best bit of the film is Nandita Shweta who is making her Telugu debut with the movie. She steals the show with her superb act, especially during the second half.
Vennela Kishore, Satya and Praveen provide the acting with their comic efforts and Avika Gor seems in a cameo. Sekhar Chandra’s tune and songs are good, and the background music is astonishing and remains the soul of the film.
Shooting by Sai Sriram is neat and he has taken the hills beautifully. Abburi Ravi should be stated for his neat dialogues. In a pair of dialogues he has given the latest currency ban a comic turn. But the climax is terrible and is not substantial at all. There are a few dull incidents too in between and should be clipped. However, director Anand has given away his knowledge over all the three sections – story, screenplay and comedy – and has narrated the story fine. Overall then, it’s definitely a one-time watch movie.