What’s Good: Performances, Emotional Scenes, Music
What’s Bad: Very Repetitive
Popcorn Break: Except The Beginning and the End
Watch or Not: Watch It
Trade Talk: The openings are alright for a very limited release of a low-budget film. The talk should help the movie be stable at a low end for the weekend.
The fact that a film like Needi Naadi Oke Katha is a made is a good sign for Telugu cinema. What is even more heartening is the fact that the director Venu Udumula did not pander to any commercial trappings even though there was a significant scope. The message it delivers is a very dated one but it also never gets old, so the director gets a pass on that count.
The director sticks to the story that he wants to convey. He takes a realistic approach to narrating that which is appreciable. The setup and the actions by the characters reflect the reality. Numerous well staged emotional scenes is sure to make an impact.
The film is not with its share of problems. We get to the point that was mentioned earlier that there is a lot of scopes to commercialise, but the director did not pander. While that is one way to look at it, the other side of the coin is the failure to make the narrative more commercial, without diluting the core values.
Needi Naadi Oke Katha could very well have been the Raghuvaran Btech kind of commercial entertainer. The love track, for example, could have been utilised properly. It feels half-baked the way it is in the current form. The fear of deviation or dilution is a weakness on the part of the director in failing to take the movie to a bigger audience.
The Final Conclusion: A heavy subject with repetitive scenes, Needi Nadi Oke Katha gets tiring by the end.