Love, friendship can be separate entities, too

Love, friendship can be separate entities, too

Neenaade Naa
Kannada (U) ¬¬¬
Director: Kandhas
Cast: Prajwal Devaraj, Priyanka Kandwal, Bullet Prakash and others

Neenaade Naa comes with lot of promise. The title brings to mind the beautiful, melodious number from Murali Meets Meera, paying ode to unconditional love and surrender etc. 

The story comes from the director’s ‘real life’, offering another ‘fresh’ look at the dynamics of love and friendship.

The film is Dynamic Devaraj’s first foray into production – a family affair while at it too. Younger son Pranam shakes a leg with elder bro Prajwal ahead of an anticipated debut.There are two proven performers in Ankita Maheshwari and Priyanka Kandwal, who are known for their turns in Na Aana Iss Des Lado and Pavitra Rishta, respectively.

 There are Avinash, Pavithra Lokesh, Doddanna, K S Sridhar and others who hold up their ends well.

There is Prajwal Devaraj, who holds lot of promise a la Kote, but has sometimes let himself, and his fans, down with some mediocre films.  

There is Arjun Janya, who loves nothing better than to blow the eardrums out even as they find rhythm and melody hidden in the mayhem.

Finally, there is Srikanth, another promising writer, who brings in that youthful freshness while still clinging to cliches and stock phrases in the dialogues. 

Neenaade Naa suffers from a few drawbacks as well. The script loses its way towards the end. Though ‘adapted’ from a real story, films like Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai and co do flash before the eyes. Before the climax, however, especially till the interval, Neenaade Naa is an engaging watch.

Priyanka Kandwal brings out the nuances of her character well, sometimes outshining a patient Prajwal, who grows into the role well. Credit goes to the script which makes ordinariness a little bewitching here and a little exasperating there while disposing of the frills. 

Director Kandhas ties up all loose ends as climax nears and it is a shame to see that after all the basketball moves, cute shorts in those long, yet clumsy legs and a role that is maybe longer than the shorts, Ankita gets Prajwal in the end, only after suffering through a patriarchal sermon. Priyanka walks away with the stronger role, one that many today easily identify with. 

Neenaade Naa is a family film, harking back to the time when values held precedence. i

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