Needi Naadi Oke Katha Review: A refreshing and realistic tale
Debutant Venu Udugula has chosen a contemporary story and portrayed human emotions in a realistic manner to give a film that stays with you even after you leave the theatre
Needi Naadi Oke Katha articulates the emotional journey of a young man Sagar (Sree Vishnu) who likes to follow his heart rather than aiming for something big. Sagar is always humiliated by his father, who is highly influenced by society and believes in leading a disciplined life with prestige. He insists that Sagar clear his arrears and settle down in life with a reputed job. Sagar does exactly opposite – follows a relaxed lifestyle, kills time playing cricket with his friends and foolishly ruins his father’s reputation.
He finds remorse and tries to redeem his relationship with his father with the help of his friend Dharmika (Satna Titus), who gets him through to a motivational speaker and author Ram V Sekhar (Posani Krishna Murali). Much to his dismay, Sagar cannot succeed and makes his father more restless.
Cast: Sree Vishnu, Satna Titus
Director: Venu Udugula
Debutant Venu Udugula has chosen a contemporary story and portrayed human emotions in a realistic manner. He sticks to his story with honesty and doesn’t sensationalise the drama, doesn't he glorify any character, and doesn’t make the protagonist turn into an anti-social element.
The father-son face-off and a husband blaming wife when their children don’t excel in their academics, children craving for love from their parents are really in sync with reality. This is definitely a film that succeeds in transporting you into its world.
What’s so remarkable about this film is it accurately reflects the characters and events that occur at some point in a normal person’s life. The character of Sree Vishnu is relatable to every youngster who was never driven by a strong desire to succeed and always likes to do things that makes him happy.
There’s no false bravura, heroism and entertainment and the director follows most pragmatic approach. The film doesn’t fall into the commercial trappings and offers a refreshing story that tugs at your heartstrings.
Performances are one of the major strengths of the film. Sree Vishnu is spectacular and brings a lot of variation with his histrionics and body language as a Rayalaseema youth. The director wonderfully plays on Vishnu’s strengths. Devi Prasad is a revelation and gives an assured performance. To be honest, it’s not just Vishnu and Devi Prasad, others like Satna Titus, Roopa Lakshmi (Sagar’s mother) and his sister also add so much to the film with their performances.
Even though the run-time is 121-minutes, the only problem with the film is that it drags in the second hour and at times you find your attention wavering. So, if it would have been 10-15 minutes shorter, it would have been just about perfect.
This film’s strong content is ably supported by technical superiority. Cinematography by Raj Thota is exquisite and he has beautifully captured the rustic visuals. The music and the background score by Suresh Bobbili use the situations magnificently and elevate the mood of the narrative.
Few films stay with you the way this one does. It’s a film every single one of us should watch.