18 Pages Review

18 Pages Review
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Director: Palnati Surya Pratap
Producer: Bunny Vasu
Release Date: Fri 23rd Dec 2022
Actors: Nikhil Siddhartha, Anupama Parameswaran
18 Pages Movie Rating: 2.25 / 5
Punchline: 18 Pages - A Soul-less Diary

18 Pages Movie : What's Behind

18 Pages is a love story casted with Karthikeya 2 Hit pair Nikhil Siddhartha - Anupama Parameswaran with an out & out lovestory. Director Sukumar has penned the story while Kumari 21 F fame Palnati Surya Pratap has directed it. Bunny Vas produced it under GA2 Pictures along with Sukumar Writings under the presentation of Allu Aravind. The film has succeded in generating curiosity among the audience with its publicity material and a couple of songs composed by Gopi Sundar are already became hit with the listeners. The film is released today in Theatres. Let's see what the film has in store for us.

18 Pages Movie : Story Review

18 Pages is about a boy loving a girl through her diary without even seeing her and how it transformed him. Siddharth Aka Siddhu (Nikhil Siddhartha) is an IT employee who just comes out of his breakup. He finds an old diary written by Nandini (Anupama Parameswaran). As he keeps reading the diary, Siddhu falls for Nandini for her magnificent persona. After 18 Pages in Nandini's diary, Siddhu didn't find anything in it and wants to find about Nandini. Who is Nandini ? What happened to her ? Did she know about Siddhu ? Answers for these questions forms the rest of the story.

18 Pages Movie : Artists Review

Nikhil is in his zone playing a longing lover who falls head over the heels for a girl who he even didn't see. Nikhil enacted the role neatly expressing the pain and emotion where it is needed. He is good in entertaining scenes with his timing. He looks good with trendy styling. On the flipside at times his desperation looks not natural but it is largely due to lackluster writing. 

Anupama Parameswaran steals the show both with her looks and act. Her natural performance makes us connect to her instantly right from the first scene. Her character is well written and well enacted. Anupama's simple looks and her struggle make everyone root for her role. Sarayu as Nikhil's friend gets a lengthy role and she is decent with her performance. 

18 Pages Movie : Technicians Review

Director Sukumar penned the story where Hero loves a girl though reading her diary without even seeing her is old theme but he tries to relate it to present scenario infusing a couple of other elements too. The first half starts on a hurried note. It didn't take time to establish the hero's character. It's almost like hero got introduced with a breakup and immediately falls for a girl by reading her diary. This doesn't help to root for that character. As the story progresses with Siddhu starts reading the diary, Nandini's character is introduced and her story goes paralelly. While Siddhu gets to know more about Nandini he finds a change in himself and emerges as a new person. But, we didn't undergo the feelings and pain of Siddhu towards Nandini. This is where the film falters. With an interesting turn the Interval leaves the audience to discuss about the second half among themselves. 

The second half revealed all the knots tied in the first half and the it spreads the whole story. The film which was a love story till then shifts to an investigative tone. But, the film sustains interest about to know whereabouts of the lead character. And finally as everything starts unfolding it feels like a different film altogether and dilutes the main love story. Besides love theme it also deals with having human interaction more than spending lives before mobile screen and keeping the loved ones alive by continuing things they love and desire. 

Director Surya Pratap did a decent job but not an impressive one. He should have given better treatment with good scenes to make the core point make more relatable. Gopi Sundar's music stands as major highlight of the film. Almost all songs are good and also neatly picturised. Cinematography by Vasanth is decent and captured good visuals in songs. Editing by Naveen Nooli is adequate in first half and could have been better in second half. Production values are good but dubbing issues arise at a couple of instances. 

18 Pages Movie : Advantages

  • Novel Point
  • Nikhil - Anupama
  • Songs
  • Moments in first half 

18 Pages Movie : Disadvantages

  • Uneven Graph
  • Parts of Second Half 
  • Heroine's problem in the plot

18 Pages Movie : Rating Analysis

Altogether, 18 Pages has a novel plot at its core, But the treatment and narration makes it flat for most of the times. It fails to generate the impact where it needed. It is a different attempt for sure but it lacks strong scenes and character development to engage audiences along with the lead characters. After a decent first half the graph in the second half falls and it deviates from the theme during the final parts. On a whole, only a few pages seem endearing in this expected to be a hearttouching tale of love. 18 Pages Movie OTT was bagged by NETFLIX and Aha and OTT release date to be announced soon. Considering all these elements, CineJosh goes with a 2.25 Rating for 18 Pages.

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