Director Tharun Bhascker rose to instant fame with super hit Pellichoopulu. When star heroes are interested in teaming up with this talented guy, strangely he took the path of experimenting with new faces and thus is Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi bankrolled and released by most reliable brand of Suresh Babu aka Suresh Productions. Let us see, how fresh ENE is in the follow up review.
Four thick childhood buddies (Vishwak Sen, Sai Sushanth, Venkat Kakumanu and Abhinav) plan to gather as it’s time for one of their wedding. Sat for a lengthy party, each of them narrates a combined flashback wherein their passionate dream of making a film is shattered by different reason. Destiny lands them in Goa and situations drive them to participate in a short film contest helping to erase ego clashes and come up with winning colors in life.
Pellichoopulu stood a special film because of an interesting storyline and a completely new narration format adopted by Tharun Bhascker. In this case, ENE hasn’t got any meaty storyline but depended a lot on free spirited film making style of Tharun. He depended more on generating the entertainment bound around just the four key characters inspired a lot from Bollywood trendsetters like Dil Chahtha Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara kind of films. Yet, the film consistently loses pace banked on a dried up central element. Struggles and journey of these four enthusiastic film makers is forcefully elaborated pivoting only and only on witty writing. Thanks to peculiar Telangana dialect which is slowly catching up as mainstream Telugu cinema dialogue writing language. Whatsoever, it’s the unusual treatment and uncustomary film making techniques help ENE to evolve as film that best suits for new genre loving youth audience. Niketh Bommi’s camera work is too good and the drowsy, drooling color format keeps us in a hangover. Songs composed by Vivek Sagar are situationally placed and background score syncs well with content. Editing by Raviteja has some remarkable, sharp cuts. Production standards by Suresh Productions are very much appreciable.
Onto performances, all four main artists have done a tremendous job with amazing chemistry maintained throughout. Being new faces, it was easy for us to travel with their on screen characters and that’s where freshness oozed. Despite there are too many drinking scenes, we are hooked to the fun created in majority scenes. While Vishwak Sen is a replica of Tharun Bhascker himself, Sai Sushanth’s dialogue delivery reminds us of Vijay Deverakonda. Then Abhinav is a revelation like Priyadarshi in Pellichoopulu and Venkat Kakumanu did a fine job. Anisha Ambrose looked cute in close ups.
Fun between Friends
Weak Storyline With Feeble Conflict
In one line, ENE hasn’t got the appeal and market span as wide as Pellichooplu enjoyed. This film is purely aimed at pulling youth audience to theaters. It looks more like a short film overstretched into the form of a feature film as narration concentrated majorly in ripening the time pass fun with realistic situations inspired from true incidents in Tharun’s life. Apparently, ENE is low on substance and high on entertainment.
First half shoots off on interesting note introducing us to Sai Sushanth, the aspiring cameraman forced to marry the daughter of a businessman just to settle big in life. Yes, it’s the same Prashanth character in Pellichoopulu. Rest of three friends (director, editor and artist) also bought into the story with lot of conviction and fun rolls on continuously. May it be the truth or dare episode to unveil flashback or Venkat Kakumanu’s wedding video editing scene or the boozing scenes from college, there is so much stuff that youth will connect immediately. Missing of engagement ring followed by their journey to Goa is the benchmark of how atypical director Tharun is. That’s the interval and you are left more than satisfied.
Into the second half, hollowness in content is clearly visible. Collective challenge of four friends to win the short film contest sounds silly and the entire shooting process is expanded beyond elasticity. There are plenty of lengthy and easily edit-it-out scenes placed for the sake of time pass hilarity. Pre final friendship episodes in Goa police station are meant to add some emotional strength. Vijay Deverakonda’s cameo and Kanya Rashi team catching on Pellichoopulu project ends up ENE.
All in all, ENE describes the struggles and hardships faced by Tharun and team before bagging a breakthrough project Pellichoopulu. In crisp, ENE is not a universal film like PC. It’s a youthful time pass nostalgic entertainer with restricted public adoration. Commercial result depends more on how far families embrace this content. CJ rates ENE with 2.75 stars appreciating Tharun Bhascker’s thirsty craving for fresh, new age cinema. With a blended flavor of Arjun Reddy and Pellichoopulu, it’s a thorough fun to watch ENE this weekend with your gang.