Nuvvu Thopu Raa Review: A lacklustre masala film
With a better cast and a more taut screenplay, the film would have worked as a masala entertainer
Suri (Sudhakar Komakula), a directionless slacker from Saroornagar, hates his single working mother (Nirosha) for leaving him all alone to make a living. He roams around with his friends and falls for Ramya (Nithya Shetty), but soon parts ways with her over a misunderstanding. He then ends up in the US, where he faces several obstacles to survive.
Director D Harinath Babu starts his film ambitiously with an interesting storyline, but fails to infuse life into the proceedings. In a rather tedious first hour, the filmmaker goes for full-on melodrama that doesn't work at all. A gripping screenplay without any justification for Suri's motives would have worked like a charm, but the way it is presented in Nuvvu Thopu Raa, his character lacks depth and Sudhakar's performance appears too stiff. Clocking in at almost three hours, the film drags on to a monotonous end.
Director: D Harinath Babu
Cast: Sudhakar Komakula, Nithya Shetty, Nirosha
The mother, played by Nirosha, is very bizarrely written as well. She randomly shows up on several occasions, tolerates her son's disrespectful behaviour, and suddenly transforms into a doting mother, and this change is never explained. As for the heroine Nithya Shetty, she has little scope to perform in a role that just doesn't suit her.
Ravi Varma's character of a misogynistic drug dealer seems to be a mishmash of all the quirky middlemen we have seen in earlier films. Varun Sandesh makes a special appearance in a film and despite being saddled with a very clichéd character, he instills some much-needed fizz into the narration with his commanding screen presence.
With a better cast and a more taut screenplay, this film might have worked as a masala entertainer. But in its present version, the narration is flat and the characters are nothing more than cardboard caricatures walking in and out of scenes. Despite its promising premise, Nuvvu Thopu Raa suffers from terrible writing and bad filmmaking, ultimately ending up as a borefest.