Nakshatram review: Sundeep Kishan shines in the film
It needs a contemporary treatment
Friday 4 August 2017
Sundeep Kishan, Sai Dharam Tej, Regina Cassendra Pragya Jaiswal, Prakash Raj, Shivaji Raja, Viva Harsha
An aspiring police officer Rama Rao (Sundeep Kishan) lives with his mother in a police quarters, as his deceased father was a police. He is in love with a dance artiste Janaki (Regina), who also resides in police quarters. When he can't attend the final exam to be an SI, he gets frustrated. One thing leads to another and he becomes a police officer when he wears the uniform of Alexander, a missing IPS Officer.
When commissioner (Prakash Raj) demands to know what happened to Alexander, Rama Rao gets to know about the missing officer from Janaki's father (Sivaji Raj) who is also a constable. What happened to Alexander? What will Rama Rao do now?
The basic storyline of Krishna Vamsi's Nakshatram is that every citizen is a police officer without uniform. What happens if a person who aspires to be a police officer doesn't get selected and starts behaving like a police officer to set things right in the society? This seems to be the basic idea of the story of Nakshatram. In the middle portion of the movie, we see this crucial episode - Sundeep Kishan losing the opportunity to attend the final exam. He then is inspired by his constable uncle to wear the uniform and do duty illegally to set things right. On the very first day, he catches an international weapon dealer. This part is set up so well and handled equally good.
How we wish Krishna Vamsi, who has given terrific movies like Sindhooram, Khadgam, Murari etc, had handled the entire film in similar manner. His real brilliance of talent is visible in such episodes only. The creative director has delivered many gems but also has given some bad movies in his long career. Nakshataram joins the latter.
The international mafia that is importing weapons and using children to cook drugs drugs is a topical issue but it needs contemporary narration too. The bad son (played by Tanish) angle is not at all convincing and making him the main villain of the movie is totally bad writing.
The romantic part shot on Sundeep Kishan and Regina is also not impressive. What works in the film is above mentioned episode and some scenes of Sai Dharam Tej. Regarding the performances, Sundeep Kishan as Rama Rao has given his best. He has shown a lot of maturity as well. Sai Dharam Tej in his brief role is effective. Pragya Jaiswal too has got meaty role. Regina's role reminds us of Sangeetha of Khadgam but she lacks importance in the whole scheme except to provide glam quotient. Among other actors, Prakash Raj is adequate. Tanish as villain is good but he has gone overboard.
Technically, there is nothing much to mention. Two songs are good but the picturisation and tune of "Pedaviki Nuvvante Pranam" is beautiful. Director Krishnavamsi has shown his mark of narration in some places but the overall effect is not good as it reeks of old movies and lack of originality.
Nakshatram is old-style movie. It needs a contemporary treatment. Sundeep Kishan shines in the film but the movie is totally tacky and boring.
Nakshatram review: 2.25 stars