Cast: Vikram, Nassar, Anushka
Producer: Mohan Natarajan
Nanna Review Rating: 3/5
Krishna (Vikram) is a mentally disabled person who has a five year old daughter Vennela (Baby Sarah). One day Vennela’s granddad comes and takes her away from Krishna and tells that Krishna can’t bring her up on his own. A junior lawyer Anu (Anushka) takes up Krishna’s case and she has to face a very big lawyer (Nazar) to win the case. Does Krishna and Anu succeed to get back Vennela or not is the rest of the story.
This story is inspired from Sean Penn’s I Am Sam movie. But the story is brilliantly changed to the local nativity and sensibilities. Earlier Ajay Devgn did this movie in Hindi as Main Aisa Hi Hoon. However, Vikram still comes up as a winner with his extraordinary performance.
First half of the film is completely dedicated to develop the father-daughter bond. Every scene is cute and heart warming in the first half. Despite the slow pace of the movie it still manages to keep the audience interested. Director did his best to make this an arresting drama by throwing in various twists here and there.
Second half of the film is very good. Suddenly the pace picks up and the movie races ahead. Anushka and Santhanam did well to make this part entertaining. Court scenes are good although few defy logic. The film gets heavier as it reaches the climax and the best part of Nanna is definitely it. Last scene in the court touches you and leaves you with a lump in the throat. Most of the audience can’t help but cry in those heart touching scenes where the father and daughter just speak to each other through signs.
The ending of Nanna is brilliant too. It is the best solution for it and we walk out of the theatres with heavy hearts. Nanna is not for masala movie lovers and people who walk in to the theatres with a can of popcorn.
This is definitely one of the top performances of Vikram. His antics as a mentally retarded man are superb. You won’t see Vikram in few scenes. We will get a feeling that he is really suffering with that disorder. Hats off to the great actor. Also his makeup and costumes deserves special applause.
Anushka comes up with a winning performance. Her character is innocent yet sincere. Santhanam brings in few laughs with his one-liners. Nazar is at his very best. Amala Paul didn’t have much scope. Watch out for his expressions where he is left dumbstruck in the climax court room scene. Priceless. Everyone did their part very well and the little kid Sarah is so confident.
G.V. Prakash Kumar’s music is good. Background score is an asset. Nirav Shah’s cinematography is another plus point. Editing by Anthony is good but could’ve trimmed a bit in the first hour. Dialogues are simple yet beautiful.
A.L. Vijay takes a very tough subject and handles it so well. It has the danger of falling under heavy sentiment zone but Vijay made sure that it is entertaining and engaging. He handled the sentiment scenes so well that anyone should feel the pinch of it. Kudos to Vijay!
– Vikram’s performance
– Background score
– Dragged a bit in the first hour
– Very slow paced
Final Word: Nanna is a winner!
Box office predictions: Nanna opened to weak collections but will surely pick up with the mouth talk. This film should do well in Telugu and excellent business in Tamil.
Watch out for Vikram!
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