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'Nannu Dochukunduvate' review: Romance and relationships with a dose of humour

Sudheer Babu and Nabha Natesh in ‘Nannu Dochukunduvate’  

Director R S Naidu’s writing has the spark. The storyline of Nannu Dochukunduvate isn’t exceptional. However, the attention to certain real-life character traits that this writer-director translates into the script, makes this film a reasonably fun outing.

Two contrasting characters are at the fore. Karthik (Sudheer Babu, who has also produced this film) is wedded to his work. He goes about his tasks mechanically, is a terror to his subordinates and only thinks of projects (where else but an IT firm). He doesn’t shed a tear even when his grandmother is no more. Maybe he feels the loss, but doesn’t show it. He’s there in person to console his father, but there’s always an unseen wall between him and others.

At the other end of the spectrum is the child-woman Meghna (Nabha Natesh). A college student, she moonlights as an actor in short films. She’s the kind who uploads flattering comments on her own work under different names on YouTube.

These two are thrown together when Meghna is roped in to act as ‘Siri’, the non-existing girlfriend of Karthik, just to appease his dad (Nasser). Why Siri? Because, Karthik can only think of the iPhone assistant’s name to escape a sticky situation when he’s probed about marriage.

Nannu Dochukunduvate
  • Cast: Sudheer Babu, Nabha Natesh and Nasser
  • Direction: R S Naidu

It takes a while for the narrative to find its rhythm as we’re introduced to the demon-like boss Karthik and Meghna who looks like the cliched bubbly heroine until her characterisation begins to evolve. It’s fun watching how Meghna ‘gets into her character’ on her short film sets. The episode where Karthik and Meghna give Nasser different accounts of how they first met is a riot. He cooks up a first meeting in a work situation while she takes the filmy route — likening it to how Mahesh Babu spots Shruti Haasan in Srimanthudu.

The bond between Karthik and Meghna alias Siri develops slowly and involves a few enjoyable segments featuring Nasser. The robot-like Karthik thaws and even tries to act in a short film, to hilarious and disastrous results.

Soon, the narrative fumbles by taking a typically filmy detour in the portions where he saves her from petty goons. And expectedly, a song follows. Ingenuity goes for a toss in situations like these.

Nannu Dochukunduvate gets its act back in the later portions, as it explores the bond between Karthik and his father, and Meghna and her mother (played effectively by ‘Shankarabharanam’ Tulasi). The parents on either side handle situations with pragmatism, without getting too emotional. Nasser has essayed several parts as a doting father but still brings in freshness into his portrayal and is convincing as the father who silently broods the void left by his wife.

Sudheer Babu builds on the credibility earned through Sammohanam and is in sync with his character. He depicts Karthik’s coming-of-age and transition to pause and appreciate relationships quite well. Nabha Natesh is a revelation. She has the naivete to carry off her part of a young woman who has a mature head behind the chirpy veneer.

Several small characters also make an impression and don’t end up as props — from the maradalu to the cook, the college principal to a junior artiste on a film set, there’s some thought given to each of them.

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