Review : Nakili – Decent Thriller
 Nakili-new Release date: 09 Feb 2013
Director : Jeeva Shankar Rating : 3/5
Producer : M.Rajashekar,Chnababu Arigela
Music Director : Vijay Antoni
Starring: Vijay Antoni, Siddharth Venugpal, Roopa Manjari

Music director of films like Daruvu & Mahatma, Vijay Anthony transformed himself as a mainstream hero with the Tamil film Naan. This movie went on to receive decent reviews in Tamil, and now its dubbed Telugu version has finally released. Lets see how it is.


The movie starts off with a young kid Karthik(Vijay Anthony), who is sent to jail for killing his own mother. He spends most of his childhood in the jail and gets his higher education there. Once released, Karthik is disowned by his relatives completely. An upset Kartik gets on to a bus, which unfortunately goes down in a accident.

Luckily Karthik survives the accident and finds some important documents during his escape. The documents turn out to be his co-passenger Saleem’s medical certificates. Upset with his current life, Karthik uses this as a golden chance and changes his name to Saleem and gets admission into a medical college.

During his college days Karthik becomes good friends with his classmate Ashok(Siddharth Venu Gopal). Felling pity on Karthik, Ashok shares his house with Karthik. On the other hand, Ashok has a girlfriend Rupa(Rupa Manjari) who always keeps fighting with him for silly things. One fine day a huge argument erupts between the couple and Ashok kicks out Karthik, thinking he is the culprit behind their whole quarrel.

An upset Ashok meets Karthik once again and starts fighting with him profusely. During this serious fight Ashok accidentally dies in the hands of Karthik. As the police starts its investigation, Karthik commits yet another crime to hide his previous mistake. What mistake does Karthik commit ? Does the police manage to catch Karthik? and Whether Karthik comes out of his mysterious crimes? That forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points:-

Vijay Anthony deserves full credit for choosing an off beat subject like Nakili, and even having guts to produce it. He looks apt and plays his role perfectly. Though his character has dark shades, Vijay plays it with lot of ease. Siddharth Venugopal and Rupa Manjari do justice to their supporting roles.

Jeeva Shankar’s direction is apt as he handles an unconventional subject pretty well. He handles hero’s characterization confidently and justifies it right till the end.

Negative Points:-

Nakili lacks the basic suspense effect which all thriller movies have. The movie gets obvious after a certain point of a time and the first half is just dragged to build up the whole story. The basic song, dance and entertainment factor is completely missing from this film. As the movie has many dark shades, Telugu film lovers might not like the basic concept of the film.

Technical Aspects:-

Nakili is strong on technical aspects. Back ground score by Vijay Anthony is the highlight of the film. His score takes the movie to another level, and manages to build thrill in many scenes. Cinematography by Jeeva Shankar impresses highly. All the scenes that are shot in the dark, have been designed exceptionally. Sound mixing is good and the screenplay suits the whole concept of the movie.


On the whole, Nakili is one film which has decent ingredients of a crime thriller. Finally, if you love movies with different and dark subjects, Nakili is a film which is surely worth a watch. Regular film lovers can skip this one.
123telugu Rating : 3/5

Reviewed by Ashok Reddy
Translated by Avad M

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