Set in the African continent, 'Naku Penta Naku Taka' offers no fresh sights except for the golden deserts and barren lands. The film that tells the tale of a couple trapped in an alien land sticks to the stereotype from start to finish.
Shubha (Bhama) has the shock of her life, when she lands in Kenya and discovers that her hubby Vinay (Indrajith) is no US based engineer and that he had been working in Africa all along. Though initially upset, she makes up with her spouse real quick and learns to get along famously with the Indian community in Nairobi.
Not one to take things down, Shubha blows her top when she sees her neighbor Indu (Anusree)being abused by her alcoholic husband (Sudheer Karamana). One thing leads to another, and an African woman is murdered. The tribe scream for vengeance, a few heads are taken and Indu disappears without a trace.
It's funny that films shot in Africa keep talking of how beautiful a land the dark continent is, and yet portray its protagonists as having a hell of a time there, caught in a quandary. Shubha and Vinay flee for their lives, when they realize that the tribes are out to drink their blood, and assuming a false identity lands them in further trouble.
There are several instances when the characters look half baked and all out of place. Indu, for one, reappears at a later point and the story that she tells of her disappearance is sheer embarrassing. Iyer (Shankar), Vinay's boss drops in from nowhere and disappears as swiftly into thin air.
Indrajith and Bhama do make a real good pair on screen, and their chemistry works big time in 'Naku Penta Naku Taka'. Indrajith maintains a highly controlled performance throughout, while Bhama in a dazzling new glam avatar makes eyes pop with her looks.
Murali Gopi is an actor whom In simply adore, and its disheartening to see him in roles as the one he dones in 'Naku Penta Naku Taka'. He does a neat job of playing this terribly underwritten role, but he surely deserves a lot better.
Gopi Sunder and his musical score smells of Africa, with plenty of drums blaring away unobtrusively in the background, and among the songs, the title track sounds real light on the ears. The lyrics though, one should admit, are ghastly. Krish Kymal with his stunning frames has captured the fantastic African landscape with remarkable elan.
'Naku Penta Naku Taka' is more of a misadventure in Africa, not just for the leading pair, but for the viewers too. There is hardly anything tremendously invigorating about the film,nor is it the kind that will make your eyes burn with excitement!