Movie Review: Neevevaro

RATING: 2.75/5

OVERVIEW: Kalyan (Aadhi Pinisetty) is a visually-impaired celebrity chef. He extraordinarily senses things with the mind. Anu (Ritika Singh) is his childhood friend, who pines for him and his handicap is not an issue to her. In comes Vennela (Taapsee Pannu), striking an instant chemistry with Kalyan. For all we know, she is troubled by her loaners, who are threatening her to pay back Rs. 20 lakhs or face severe consequences. The good-hearted Kalyan, who is already in love with her, promises to bail her out.

As fate would have it, Kalyan meets with a road accident and when he opens his eyes, it has been three weeks. His eyesight is back but gone is Vennela. Where is she? Have the violent loaners eliminated her? Kalyan’s search for the missing love of his life leads him to Vijayawada, where he stumbles upon a mind-numbing truth.

REVIEW: Aadhi Pinishetty as blind chef is plain okay, there is nothing exceptional about his portrayal of this role. He also unnecessarily indulges in fights. Ritika Singh gets simple role as his childhood friend.

Tapsee gets a meaty character, she steals the show in the final portions. Her character is well-written among all the roles in this movie. Vennela Kishore plays what Brahmi used to play in old movies – a funny police officer. Adarsh Balakrishna is neat.

It is a loyal remake that doesn’t make much change to the original script. Direction is alright in the penultimate portions, but goes haywire in the middle. Dialogues lacked freshness. Vennela song is good to hear and so is the Rakshasi song. Background score is impressive in parts. Cinematography is good. Portions shot in night backdrop are done well. Editing is poor in the second half. Production values are fine.

Final verdict of the film is On the whole, Neevevaro is a typical suspense drama that banks on an ensemble star cast and a slick technical team. The core plot evokes a few emotions but falls short of intensity in the pre-climax episodes, dipping the excitement factor when it matters the most.