(Mahesh Babu) is an 8-year-old kid. He is fed up with
the bad treatment meted to him by his mother. When he
attempts suicide, he is rescued by a weird scientist
'Science' (Raghuvaran). Nani tells him that he is fed
up with everybody harassing him in his house. Science
offers him a service that would make 8-year old Nani
into a 28 year old grown-up. Nani accepts the proposal.
Nani becomes big and starts living outside. His mother
lodges a complaint in police station that her son is
grabs a job in a Toy manufacturing company as a product
manager. The nature of his job is to play with all the
toys and suggest improvements. He earns quite a handsome
amount. In the process, he interacts with Priya (Amisha
Patel), the daughter of TOY company's chief (Nazar).
Priya is madly in love with Nani. Later on Nani realizes
that his mother loves him and she is missing him a lot.
By looking at the sorry plight of his mother after he
became big, Nani asks Science to revert him back as
kid. When he makes Nani back to 8-year-old kid, there
is a complication. Nani is an 8-year old kid in the
day time and a 28-year old grownup during the night
time. The rest of the film is all about how Nani manages
Babu: There is an amazing tenderness in the looks
of Mahesh Babu. That same quality shows up as an effective
tool for the portrayal of Nani character (8 going on
28). Mahesh Babu came up with an authentic performance.
He looked stylish and charming in suits. His histrionics
in pathos scenes are genuine.
Patel : Amisha Patel is great in the film. She exposed
quite a bit of cleavage and has got tremendous footage
in this film.
Devyani is OK as mother of Nani. However, the voice
of Savitha Reddy is not apt for the role of mother.
She also overdid (like in Tamil movies) in few of the
scenes. The kids (Ashok Galla) who played Nani and his
buddy did well. Aiswarya is irritating as the cigarette-smoking
buddy of heroine, who always speaks in Raghuvaran's
accent. Ali, Brahmanandam and Ravi Babu did the roles
of comedy villains. Sanjay - husband of producer Manjula
- played the role of Devyani's husband in this film.
Sunil provided some unusual comedy with his farts in
climax fight. Nazar and Raguvaran are adequate. Kiran
Rathod, Anjala Zhaveri and Mehak made guest appearances
in the title song of the film. They look very insignificant
in that song.
Story of the film is inspired by Tom Hanks Hollywood
blockbuster 'Big'. Quite a few scenes from that film
are reused as per the convenience. However, story writer
SJ Suryah failed in altering the story as per the nativity.
If Big film has 70% importance to mother-son bonding,
Nani film has 70% importance to romance between the
- direction: Screenplay by SJ Suryah is insipid.
Direction is not up to the mark. Narration is very slow
and boring at times. He tried to depend more on creating
situations that explore conflict between the sexual
desire of Amisha character and the innocence of Nani
than trying to exploit the tender relationship between
son and mother. The Telugu movie lovers who have seen
SJ Suryah in a full form in films like Vaali and Kushi
end up being taken for a ride for 'Nani'. SJ Suryah
said in an interview
given to idlebrain.com that "A music director can
bear 10 flops. A hero or heroine can bear six flops
each. If a director delivers one flop, the industry
will throw him away." SJ Suryah should have kept
that point in his mind while making this film.
The songs of the film fall short of what we expect from
a music director of AR Rehman caliber. AR Rehman disappoints
with his background score. It does not sound like AR
Rehman's at all. Among the songs, Vasta Nee Venuka stands
out followed by Amma song. They have used filters for
'Chakkera Ekkada Nakkina'.
Photography by Guhan is different. But what made the
whole film looked unusual are the weird camera angles
and contorted lens adjustments. These kind of photographic
techniques are good if they were used for 5% of the
scenes in the film. But it definitely irritates you
if they were used for major part of the film. Another
artificial factor about the photography is the lighting
scheme used. Blue color dominates the film.
Dialogues by Sobhan are OK. He made good use of words
while writing dialogues that appear to have 'double
meaning' for the situations involving Amisha Patel and
Mahesh Babu. The dialogue 'Eee lokamlo chedipoyina aadavallu
vundochu kaani chedda amma vundadu' is heartening. He
also used the code word of 'Gurram Ekkadam' referring
departments: Art work is trendy. Editing is OK.
Choreography for 'Vasta Nee Venuka' is enticing. Other
songs (except for Amma song) have fast/rap steps. Production
values of the film are extravagant.
First half of the film is boring. Second half is slightly
better. The movie suffers from artificialness and bad
script. Nani stands as perfect example of how sound
and camera is being misused (they used weird camera
angles and stunts-related sounds even for the scenes
involving son-mother). All the scenes and song (Markandeya)
involving Ramya Krishna were deleted. However, there
are a couple of good scenes (pathos scene involving
Devyani and Mahesh - Comedy scene of first night for
Mahesh Babu and Amisha Patel). 'Nani' is a bad film.
Mahesh should not have accepted this film. We have to
wait and see if Mahesh's image comes to rescue of 'Nani'.