The success of success Nani-Nithya Menon combo in Ala Modalaindi created a hype on their next film Sega. Adding to that the movie is coming from Gautham Menon's home production Photon Kathaas. But the poor screenplay by newcomer Anjana Ali Khan has played the spoilsport.
Karthik (Nani) and Balaji (Muthukumar) are the sons of a drunkard, who left the family to their fate. Their mother, who was a patient, commits suicide by taking poison from the hands of Balaji. Karthik and Balaji were brought up by their uncle, who is a painter. Though Balaji ekes out a living by painting the sign boards, he wants to give a good education to Karthik. Karthik and his uncle"s daughter (Nithya Menon) love each other. Karthik has a friend called Vishnu (Karthik), who runs a mechanic shed. Karthik"s father, who was once a drunkard turns a broker and runs a brothel on his own. He has the support of Ammaji (Jennifer) who smuggles drugs and used to drug-trafficking. Vishnu falls in love with Vani (Bindu Madhavi), a prostitute in the brothel. Once, Vishnu meets the broker and agrees to transport the drugs to Goa on a condition that the broker should leave Vani to her. However, Vani comes to know that the broker is planning to get rid of both Vishnu and Karthik and alerts them. While Karthik and Vishnu returns to their place there was a minor scuffle and after Karthik suffers a head injury, Vishnu gets killed. Everybody presumes that Karthik killed Vishnu. What happens next should be seen on-screen.
Nani has done a neat job within his limits. He is apt for the role. He Karthik too is okay. Nithya Menon and Bindu Madhavi have no big roles to play. While Bindu Madhavi has filled the glamour slot, Nithya Menon is also good in modern costumes in a song. Other artistes including Muthukumar, Jennifer and others have done justice to their roles.
Dialogues by Sashank Vennelakanti are good in parts. Camera work by Om Prakash is laudable, as he has perfectly captured the slum localities, songs and action scenes. Editing by Antony is okay. Music by Joshua Sridhar is good as two songs in the film are quite melodious and topped the charts at one point of time. Background score is also okay and lifted the moods of some scenes. Storyline is okay but the director has failed to narrate it properly. Being a woman, Anjana has failed to handle the film with a little action and drugs backdrop. The screenplay penned for the film lacked the sharpness. Hence, the film runs on a nominal way and most of the scenes are quite predictable and there is nothing novel either in narration or its presentation.
It is just a time pass film and don"t expect anything high from the film. The combination of Nani-Nithya Menon only created the hype on the film and actually there is not much to talk about the scenes involving them.
Cast: Nani, Nithya Menon, Karthik, Bindu Madhavi, Muthukumar, Jennifer and others.
Credits: Dialogues – Sashank Vennelakanti, Music – Joshua Sridhar, Cinematography – Om Prakash, Editing – Antony, Presents – Master Atchyut, Producer – Ashok Vallabhaneni, Story, screenplay and direction – Anjana Ali Khan.
Banner: Manadesam Movies.
Released on: July 29, 2011.