Starring: Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul, Baby Sara,Karthik Kumar, Santhanam and others
Director: Vijay A L
Producer: Malla Vijaya Prasad
Banner: Wellfare Creations
Music: G V Prakash Kumar
Krishna (Vikram) who has the mental growth of a five year old works in a chocolate factory in Ooty for his livelihood. He takes care of his six year old daughter Vennela (Sara) as his wife passes away. Vennela loves her father very much and refuses to go to school by knowing the condition of her father. One fine day vennela will be snatched away by Krishnan’s father-in-law (Sachin Khedkar) and wife’s sister Shwetha (Amala Paul).
His father-in-law is rich and affluent wants the custody of his grand daughter as it would not be safe for her to live with a mentally challenged person. Krishnan with the help of his friends will be introduced to Anu (Anushka), who after knowing the entire case synopsis accepts to fight for Krishna in the court of law for bringing the father and daughter together. Will Krishna get the custody of his daughter back? How Vikram’s wife passes away? What is the dark past of Vikram? How he turned as a mentally challenged person forms the rest of the story which leads to a stunning courtroom climax.
Vikram has never failed to reach the kind of expectation he had set amongst the audience. The audiences can surely feel the hard work of Vikram, as he gave his best to the role of Krishna. Vikram perfectly portrayed the character’s boyish appeal and his self-control in the courtroom scene and his emotional dialogues in the climax, are heart touching.
Anushka has come out with her best ever performance as the lawyer. She once again proved that she is not an actress confined to only skin show. Sara as vennela is the show stealer as Vikram’s daughter, the attachment between the father and daughter is shown very well and seems like a reality. Especially the court scene is well picturised which will make each and every one emotional.
Amala Paul plays the role of a teacher and had done reasonably well. Nassar, who played the cunning and clever public prosecutor, is extraordinary in his crucial role.
Santhanam has done quiet comedy superbly and one can surely say that Santhanam’s role is an added essence to the film.MS Bhaskar, Sachin Khedkar and Surekha are apt for the roles and well designed by director Vijay.
Director Vijay though came up with a thin story line he is almost successful in its narration and execution. He has taken best out of his team and especially the emotional scenes. He has shown immense maturity in handling such a difficult theme and working it out well with right entertaining and engrossing elements. Cinematography by Nirav Shah is good while T Santhanam’s set designs are the biggest assets for the film. GV Prakash has blended his background music very well and his songs have already won the hearts of the audience.
As the film is inspired from Sean Penn’s I Am Sam, the first half of the film is predictable and moves at a slow pace. Many scenes in the first half could be easily trimmed down. The actual film begins only in the second half which is very emotional and interesting. It is a film that would send positive vibes among those who love meaningful films.
On the flip side, Naanna is not for a regular cinemagoer as it has its own flaws. The first half of the film is quite dragging and since it is made keeping in view of the awards, the film lacks commercial elements. Nevertheless, Vikram and Sara outshines and leave a mark in your heart through this feel good entertainer.
Watch out for Vikram!