NAAN EE

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It’s about time that the largest makers of Films in the world walked into some of the unchartered territories that have remained a taboo for it for as long as we can think of. With sexuality and on your face violence coming out of the closet, the next inline was obviously imaginative creature films. With Naan Ee, SS Rajamouli introduces Indian audiences with its first indigenous creature film. Rajamouli known for his flamboyant films like Magadheera, Vikramakudu and Chatrapati and for never repeating himself presents the Indian viewers with a kind of movie which will not only entertain them but also make them look forward to the next in line of such similar productions. I agree that the visual effects have to go a long way to come at par with international standards but Naan Ee does prove to be a step in the right direction for Indian Cinema.

The plot is simplistic enough. Nani (Nani) is madly in love with Vindoo (Samantha). Suddep (Kiccha Sudeep) on the other hand is a high profile businessman who has an insatiable lust for women. He meets Vindoo and falls for her. In the meantime Nani is able to confess his feelings for Vindoo who reciprocates with love and humility. As Sudeep come to know of their bonding, he kidnaps Nani and kills him. But as luck would have it, Nani is reborn but as a housefly. Now it’s up to Nani to save Vindoo from the clasps of Sudeep and also extract revenge for what he did to him.

Once the basic premise is set, the creature action takes over. For once, a director is not afraid to portray a creature as tiny as a housefly as the main protagonist of the movie and also give it a huge amount of screen time. The housefly slowly gets used to the real world and has a few failures on his way to extract revenge. The director doesn’t forget to introduce the real world nemesis’ of flies which is insecticides and birds. The housefly has to fight with its nemesis’’ as well as a fast evolving villain who is able to understand his corresponding moves. The duels between a fully grown man and a housefly are easily the high points of this movie. The way, the fly tortures the man will have the viewers engrossed and also rolling out with laughter.

The special effects however will leave a lot to be desired. Even though the creature is presented in an endearing way and most of the audiences will be hooked, yet the animation is hardly what we can call life like. The audiences are used to such high standards in visual effects that a comparison is bound to take place but thankfully, that’s the only blemish as far as the movie is concerned. The movie does have its share of Southern jingoism like the fly dancing to a foot tapping number, which could have been easily done away with but then that’s how movies are made in south and we cannot complain.

The performances by the ensemble cast are top notch. Kiccha Sudeep is the pick of the lot. His portrayal of an uber cool industrial who later turns into an individual obsessed with killing a fly is very believable and hilarious at many parts. Samantha is apt and Nani in his brief appearance is convincing.

Overall, Naan Ee is a must watch for every cinegoer of this country. It should be watched if not for anything else then for patronizing the efforts of a man who has walked into an otherwise unchartered territory of the Indian film industry. If indications are to be accepted, we will soon have others following in his footsteps.

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