Directed by : Jaya Raveendra
Produced by : Bandla Ganesh
Banner :Parameswara Arts
Music by : Mithun, Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gan
Release Date : 2014-08-22
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Nee Jathaga Nenundali Movie Review
Aashiqui 2 which was a smash hit in Bollywood has been remade in Telugu as Nee Jathaga Nenundali. Sachin Joshi who featured in films like Mounamelanoyi, Orey Pandu played the lead role in the remake.
What is it about?
Raghav (Sachin) is a very popular singer who gets addicted to alcohol and loses his fame and name. He witnesses talent in Gayatri (Naziya), a small time singer and makes her popular. They both fall in love and lives in together. Raghav couldn’t get rid of his drinking habits and that not only affects him but also Gayatri.
Sachin: Despite playing a very emotional role, Sachin fails to emote throughout the film. His bad acting turns out to be the biggest weakness of the movie. You can hardly find any expression in his face. He has done a handful of films already and it is shocking to see him perform like a newcomer with nil experience.
Naziya: Naziya too disappoints with poor performance. One doesn’t get such meaty roles in the first outing itself. But Naziya’s expressions are too limited and she is only slightly better than Sachin.
Others: Rao Ramesh is alright. Sashank is fine. Posani Krishna Murali played a brief role.
Soundtrack and the background score is a complete rip off from the original. Few songs have come out well in spite of bad lyrics. Cinematography is good and editing is crisp. Production values are impressive. Director Jaya Raveendra stayed loyal to the original and did his best in maintaining the soul and feel of Aashiqui 2. However the lead pair messed it up for him.
It is better to watch the original again if you have already seen Aashiqui 2 rather spending money on this one. Choosing the right lead pair is extremely important for such a script. Sachin and Naziya are so bad that even a good script and attractive sound track couldn’t save this film.
NJN is almost Xerox copy of the original where the director didn’t dare to make any changes. An emotional romantic tale demands for a lead pair who can make you fall in love with them and feel their pain. Aashiqui 2 was blessed with such an able lead pair and no wonder it did wonders at the box office.
Nee Jathaga Nenundali ruins the original on many levels and most of the blame should go to its lead pair. It is hard to enjoy the songs in NJN if you are a fan of Aashiqui 2 songs. All the songs have that dubbing flavor which won’t let you enjoy the soulful melodies. Nee Jathaga Nenundali is not recommended if you have seen Aashiqui 2. It is also not recommended to those who have not seen the original. Better watch the home edition of Aashiqui 2 than seeing this remake that is not even half of it.
Verdict: A Remake Gone Wrong!