The King of masala flicks, director SS Rajamouli, who has made films like Magadheera and Viramarkudu has come up with yet another super-entertainer Naan Ee, starring Nani, Samantha and Sudeep. This romantic-fantasy was in the making for very long, mainly because of the computer graphics.
The film is a good package with a perfect blend of fantasy, thrill, comedy and romance. The story line, in which the murdered hero, reincarnates as a house fly and takes revenge on his killer, might sound a bit immature, when just heard. But the film gives you a completely different experience.
SS Rajamouli has made sure that every department of film making has delivered its best. The film’s dialogue writer Crazy Mohan has penned some of his trademark rib ticklers. He has maintained simplicity throughout the script, so that the film doesn’t have any unnecessary punches from the hero or the villain.
Though Nani, the film’s protagonist, has very less screen time, his absence is not felt. The romantic sequences between Samantha and Nani aren’t exaggerated at all, and look simple and feel good. Samantha too has done a neat job handling the character. But it is Kiccha Sudeep who is the clear winner. He has the right style and attitude required for the role. He plays the cruel man, who is being terrorized by a fly. The sequences between the fly and Sudeep in the first half are hilarious to the core. Usually, in most of the films, it will be the hero or the heroine who would have to carry out all types of emotions. But quiet contrarily, in Naan Ee, it is the villain who had to portray all types of emotions, and Sudeep has handled it with brilliance. Santhanam, though appears in a guest role, makes an impression. Devadharshini and Adithya, in character roles have delivered what is required.
The CG and visual effects department must be applauded for such a wonderful job. They have made a fly to emote, dance and show gestures and that too with meticulous concentration on the details.
Another boost for the film is its music. Songs are very good, and with the visuals, it is more attractive. But it is the background music that scores more. The sarcastic touches by Keeravani here and there when Sudeep suffers the fly attack, contribute to the film’s humour in a big way.
KK Senthil Kumar’s cinematography is another marvel in the film. The ultra-motion shots, like those in the song ‘Rules Kidayadhu’, are awe inspiring. Be it the lighting, framing or compositions, everything were perfect and visually pulchritudinous. The cinematography is perfectly supported by Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao’s pacy editing. The sound engineering of the film can match the western quality to some extent.
On the whole, Naan Ee is an awe inspiring magical journey and a wholesome family entertainer. These two and a half hours will probably be the only time in one’s whole life, when we would love a fly.
Verdict: High on entertainment quotient