Verdict: Intense, intriguing, romantic and action-packed entertainer!
For the first time, Sundeep Kishan and Nithya Menen were paired together in Okka Ammayi Thappa, the directorial debut of writer-turned-director Rajasimha Tadinada. It also has Chota K. Naidu wielding the camera. So far, Sundeep Kishan has always delivered hits with debut directors and Chota K. Naidu. Let’s see if Okka Ammayi Thappa has kept the trend alive.
Krishna Vachan (Sundeep Kishan) and Mango (Nithya Menen) are childhood friends who part ways due to a prank played by Krishna Vachan’s elder brother. They grow up with all the childhood memories intact. In a parallel thread, Anwar (Ravi Kishan) plants a bomb on the Hi-tech City Flyover, to secure the release of a dreaded terrorist. They plan an accident on the flyover that would result in a traffic jam, and then they would detonate the bomb. Krishna Vachan and Mango accidentally meet on the flyover and get stuck in traffic. Will they realize each other’s identities? Will Krishna Vachan fall into Anwar’s trap? What Krishna Vachan does to save the people forms the rest of the story.
It needs guts to pick a plot of this stature for a Telugu movie and execute it with finesse. Rajasimha Tadinada needs to be commended for selecting such a plot for his debut venture. The best part of Okka Ammayi Thappa are the twists and turns that are unexpected and come at the right time. Also, the way he mixed the story with humor and emotions is excellent. It took a while for Sundeep Kishan to repeat the magic of Venkatadri Express. Okka Ammayi Thappa will be remembered as one of his best movies in his career. Nithya Menen as Mango is natural and flawless. She has to be appreciated for the way she selects scripts. Her screen presence is magical. Ravi Kishan as the main antagonist gets into the skin of his character. Ali, Nalini, Thagubothu Ramesh, Sapthagiri, Prudhvi Raj, Bhadram, Meesam Suresh also do justice to their roles.
On the technical front, Mickey J. Meyer’s background score is fabulous and the songs are good. Cinematography by Chota K. Naidu is some of his best work ever. The way he captured night effects in the flyover scenes is praiseworthy. Also, all the frames look rich and glossy. Visual effects by Bala Saleem could have been better. Editing by Gautham Raju is slick. Art direction by Chinna is excellent in the way the sets are erected for Hi-tech City Flyover. It looked so real.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you are a fan of concept-based movies that have equal dosage of humor and emotions, then this is your cup of tea. Go grab your ticket for this wholesome entertainer- you will not be disappointed.
– By Ajay Mudunuri