But his films Bujjigadu, Ek Niranjan, Nenithe and Golimaar remained average flicks. Now, he has come up with a different film, Nenu Naa Rakshasi with Rana Daggubati and Ileana D'Cruz in the leads. Let us see what he has to offer.
Sharpshooter Abhi (Rana)'s father gets killed by a goon (Abhimanyu Singh). His mother, who is injured badly during the attack, is in coma. In order to provide costly treatment to her, Abhi turns a professional killer. He not only kills people for money but also tries to eliminate goons while searching his father"s killer. Meenakshi (Ileana) works in a coffee-shop and she discreetly uploads the suicide videos on the Youtube. At this juncture, he falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Abhi"s mother dies in coma and Abhi disgusted with his life decides to commit suicide. He contacts the website and asks the person to come and videograph it. After Abhi reveals his flashback and stabs himself, he realises that the person who was shooting the video is none other than Meenakshi. Realising that he could live for her, he pleads her to admit him to a hospital, but she refuses and leaves him to his fate. After that the police officer lays a trap and tries to arrest Meenakshi, but Abhi saves her. What happens next should be seen on-screen.
Rana's character in the film did not suit him perfectly. He should have chosen a Gopichand kind of artiste for the role. Moreover, Rana has failed to shake his legs for all the songs. Ileana has got a meaty role in this film and she has done complete justice to her character. She got an ample scope for her performance and has reached the expectations. Subbaraju is another notable artiste, who has excelled in the role of a police officer. Nagineedu and Abhimanyu Singh are loud and their characterisation is also very poor. Ali has done a routine job and Mumaith Khan is okay as a cheat.
As far as the story, there was a gossip that Puri Jagannath was inspired by a Hollywood flick May I Kill You. But it is not totally a copy of the movie. In fact, some parts of the film are identical. Camera
work is good and the cinematographer has captured the beauty of Venice perfectly. The chase and action scenes are also okay. Puri, who took the responsibility to provide story, dialogues, screenplay and direction, has literally failed to do justice to any of the department. Especially, the characterisation of the villains is poor and the screenplay is abrupt. Moreover, the narration of the film is also very slow and has failed to appeal the audiences. Editing has lots of jumps and as a whole, the film remained just an average flick. Especially, the climax is so abrupt and very weak.
Watch the film for Ileana and nothing more. Rana"s attempt to prove himself as a commercial hero is badly failed and he should wait for some other director to give him the necessary break.
Cast: Rana Daggubati, Ileana, Subbaraju, Nagineedu, Abhimanyu Singh, Ahuti Prasad, Surya, Ali, Mumaith Khan and others.
Credits: Cinematography – Amul Rathod, Editing – Rajasekhar, Music - Vishwa, Rahman, Anoop Rubens, Producer – Nallamalupu Srinivas (Bujji), Story, dialogues, screenplay and direction – Puri Jagannath
Banner: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
Released on: April 29, 2011