Title : REVIEW : Nee Jathaga Nenundali
Star Cast : Sachin , Nazia and others
Star Cast : Parameswara Arts
Producer : Bandla Ganesh
Director : Lingu Swami
Music : Mithun, Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gan
Released on: 2014-08-22
Raghav Jayaram (Sachiin Joshi) is a singer who is in the process of ruining his career and everything he has because of his alcohol addiction. After one of his concerts, Raghav goes to a bar despite the advice of his manager and best friend, Vivek (Shashank). There he meets Gayatri Nandana (Nazia Hussain), who is the bar singer and happens to be singing his song. He is impressed by her voice and promises to take her to Hyderabad After a couple hurdles, he ends up mentoring her and she becomes a huge star. Meanwhile, Raghav’s career is pretty much over, which he doesn't take very well. As much as he tries to be supportive, his jealousy does come in the way. It also doesn't help that he has an alcohol addiction. Gayatri does her best to better Rahul, and never gives up on him. I'll stop there so I don't give too much away, but that's the general storyline.
Performances :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.
Nee Jathaga Nenundali is an official remake of Bollywood superhit film Aashiqui 2. The Original was an unofficial remake of A Star Is Born (1976) film, directed by Frank Pierson. Because of its piquant subject and music, after its first release in 1937, it got remade twice in 1954 and 1976. Even Aashiqui (1990), revolves around the same subject, but has some variations to stand on. Jaya Ravidra who made his debut with Bumper Offer, and failed to click with Dillunodu now he fails again with Nee Jathaga Nenundali. Rather developing the script and point to suit the local audience, director just plays safe and remakes the film as it is in the original (with camera angles and dialogues). Movie was built up as an intense romantic saga, but intense films need to be runny and have uniformity in spite of the upheavals that take place in regards of the storyline.
The director doesn’t seem too interested in explaining why Raghav seems resolute on drinking his way to an early grave and audience kept on wondering till the very end about what is it that makes him have a death wish (Even in DEVDAS [sorry for comparing], we knew the reasons behind his alcoholism). Moreover, after realizing his heart beats for Gayatri he never tries to turn over or either tries to push her away so as to not ruin her life (a rehab camp would have been a better option). Nee Jathaga Nenundali is an extended documentary on evils of alcoholism than a pure love story. Jaya Ravindra’s story telling is tedious, the moments are there but it fails to charm the viewers as the director just couldn’t not establish the lead characters for the audience who fail to identify with them. The chemistry between Sachiin and Nazia is ice cold the pair fails to beat the heat. Telugu version fails to capture the soul and feel of Aashiqui 2.
Music by Mithoon – Aikith Tiwari and Jeet Ganguly is soothing and major asset of the film. The re-recording of the film is good. Cinematography by A. Vasanth is neat. He elevates every song with his charismatic ability. Editing could have been crispier. VFX shots are just poor. Production values of the film are grand.
Plus Points :
Minus Points :
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.
Bottom Line :
Fails to capture the soul of the Original
AwaitNews.com Rating 2.0/5
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