Nandanavanam 120 km Review
A movie need not necessarily have five songs and six fighting scenes to be an entertainer. It need not have a big budget to succeed. There is an elite club of directors who have proved this and Neelakanta is an honorable member of that club.
Neelakanta needs to be praised for the gumption he has to make movies that are unique. All his movies are daringly different. In an industry where filmmakers avoid risk and tread the familiar route, he shows remarkable boldness by making movies that are the products of his creativity and not some tried formula.
Nandanavanam 120 kms is his latest movie that belongs to the suspense thriller genre. Nelakanta has equaled the number of average movies with the number of hit movies with Nandanavanam 120 kms. 'Missamma' and 'Show' by Neelakanta were two award winning hits whereas 'Sada me Sevalo' and 'Nandanavanam 120 kms' are two average movies made by him. But that's a pretty good score if you compare with other filmmakers.
The movie is enjoyable though it's an average one. As a suspense thriller, Nandanavanam 120 kms has many moments of gripping suspense. There are times when you wrack your brains to know as to what's happening. And there are times when feel like pulling your hair out for the slow rolling of the movie. But nothing is revealed till the end. Only the sad part is when the end comes, for which the audience is waiting with baited breath, it does not sound convincing.
Ajay Varma acts well in the lead role; after all he has experience of making serials and short movies. The highlight of the movie is the flawless acting of Kota Srinivasa Rao. There are very few actors who can put life to a negative character the way he does. Rameshwari's role is not well carved out. Rest of the cast is fits well for the roles.
Like most of the horror movies/suspense thrillers the movie bases all the action in a farmhouse named Nandanavanam, located exactly 120 kms away from the city. Is it a haunted house' Are there ghosts and a past life connection' Or is it a murder mystery' You find out. What's the fun if we give away the story'
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