Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi Movie Review: A buddy comedy with its heart in the right place

If you were to put the film on the same pedestal as Pellichoopulu and draw comparisons, you might be slightly disappointed as this is no Pellichoopulu, but definitely has its moments which you’ll enjoy till it lasts.

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Director: Tharun Bhascker

Cast: Vishwaksen Naidu, Sushanth Reddy, Abhinav Gomatam, Anisha Ambrose and Simran Chowdary

Rating: ***

After the heartwarming Pellichoopulu, director Tharun Bhascker returns with Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi, a friendship-based comedy where the lead characters going down memory, relive their dreams and take their fears head on. If you were to put the film on the same pedestal as Pellichoopulu and draw comparisons, you might be slightly disappointed as this is no Pellichoopulu, but definitely has its moments which you’ll enjoy till it lasts. What it does succeed in bringing on screen is the freshness in performances with mostly newcomers and sparkling comedy that works very well.

The story revolves four friends from college who parts ways with an unrealized dream only to reunite four years to late chase that same dream. This time, they get a shot at realizing their dream and the events that follow form the crux of the story. Essentially, this is a story of four friends and their journey to accomplish their dream. It’s also the story of fate of many aspiring short-filmmakers and one that’ll resonate strongly with that tribe. This film is, at its heart, a tribute to all the struggles of most aspiring filmmakers desperate to make a mark.

Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi is both a buddy comedy and an emotional tale of passion and faith. This could very well be Tharun’s own story and he could’ve taken inspiration from his own journey as a filmmaker – from the initial struggle to landing an opportunity to direct. The film works in mysterious ways. Beneath the mostly fun-filled storytelling approach, there’s so much the film achieves with its layered presentation and a big thumbs to the team for that.

The characters speak a lot but never do their conversations turn boring. Most of the banter is easily relatable, and it’s filled with laughter and there isn’t a scene which goes by without a laugh. We also get some lovely performances from the actors and scenes that are hard to forget.

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