Naga Shaurya’s last movie Ammammagarillu was a flop. Now, Nartanasala carried positive buzz since it is his second home production for the young hero after the commercial success of Chalo. Let’s see whether the film is healthy entertaining as whatever they promised through promotional content and how far the gay comedy is agreeable?
Radha Krishna (Naga Shaurya) is raised as a girl since his father Kalamandir Kalyan (Shivaji Raja) was desperate for a girl child. This results Radha in developing no romantic feelings for girls. Satya (Yamini Bhaskar) is confused as his son’s love interest and Kalyan fixes their marriage but Radha Krishna who is already in love with Manasa (Kashmira) lies that he is a gay to escape from Satya’s family head (Jaya Prakash Reddy). This lie costs him big time because JP’s son (Ajay) is again a gay.
Debutant writer, director Srinivas Chakravarthi seems to have clearly confused with gay comedy extended beyond the limit in the name of ‘Pothram.’ While the story itself dates back to ages, his screenplay is still more unpleasant. Nowhere, he left audience to connect with characters as each and every scene appeared ridiculously absurd. Penning dialogues with a rhyme can never serve purpose when core material in a line is bypassed. Except a couple of punches mouthed by Jaya Prakash Reddy in second half, Nartanasala went haywire in wiring part too. Srinivas Chakravarthi’s directorial immaturity in handling a hero who is fresh from a hit is visible throughout. Illogical episodes and clueless extensions made whole narrative tediously disgusting. Music by Sagar Mahathi is good in couple of songs and well shot in picturesque foreign locales. Vijay C Kumar’s camera work is of B grade standards with awful color combinations. Thammi Raju and Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao’s editing is par below standard. Production standards from Ira Creations are praiseworthy.
Onto performances, Naga Shourya though looked handsome his costume selection is off putting just like his story selection. He played dangerously on gay comedy which failed to work on full length. Shourya’s itching for mass image is projected in two unnecessary fights. Romance with two pale looking heroines Kashmira, Yamini is a big dud. While Yamini is hot here and there, Kashmira isn’t a heroine material. Jaya Prakash Reddy is the only savior though a bit overdone. Ajay’s character is totally distasteful and Shivaji Raja is too noisy. There is a big family of supporting artists and none of them generated an impact.
Jaya Prakash Reddy
Old School Story
Ugly Gay Comedy
After the super success of Chalo, definitely this is a weak choice from Naga Shourya. Scripts based on gay comedy may be new for Tollywood but a director needs to build an atmosphere where everything appears believable and sympathizing. Srinivas Chakravarthi failed on the basic step as he developed groundless characters glued in an unjustifiable family backdrop and narrated story in unsound path.
From the very beginning director tried to elevate eunuch traits in his hero which are later proved to be fraud and cheating. Right from here, director’s dishonesty towards his own script played spoilsport. Shivaji Raja’s fatherly act as Kalamandir Kalyan and Naga Shourya’s introduction as his son, story takes off interestingly. Nowhere audiences feel that Shourya has no feelings towards girls. Sathyam Rajesh episode is bland as romance blossoms between Shaurya, Kahsmira. Mid way story shifts to Jaya Prakash Reddy, Yamini and Ajay family for no good reason disorienting from actual track. Interval had some laughs, thanks to Shourya’s new found Pothram trick to escape from danger.
Second half has too many loopholes committed to connect Kashmira with JP family. This is a poor and overtly used template when hero makes every attempt to unite heroine with her family and thus win his love. Rather than using wise tricks, Shourya using gay comedy in this whole process is nauseating. All the supporting characters change their colors without any reason. Too many irrational scenes within a restricted house backdrop became intolerant before taking us to a weak, predictable climax.
All in all, Nartanasala is a very weak film and wrong step from Naga Shourya after a hit Chalo. Despite there is a strong artist team, director failed to ripe any fun and in turn made Pothram comedy more and more sick. Easily avoidable flick and CJ goes with 1.75 stars.