Review : Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada



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Cast- Nikhil Siddharth, Hebba Patel, Nandita Swetha
Story, Screenplay, Direction- VI Anand
Producer-PV Rao
Banner- Meghana Arts
Cinematography- Sriram
Release Date- 18th November 2016

Nikhil is back on screen after a brief gap. His ast film Shankarabharanam didn’t fare well as epected. However he is back to entertain us with a romantic thriller this time under the direction of VI Anand. With Hebba Patel and Nandita Swetha playng the emale leads, the film released amidst a tough economical situation due to demonetisation in the country, let us see how this film fared at bo office.


Arjun (Nikhil) acompanies his friend (Vennela Kishore) to Kerala for the latter’s psychoilogical treatment. He comes across a Telugu girl Amala (Hebba Patel) there and falls in love with her. On returning to Hyderabad, Nikhil realises a shocking truth about Amala which is hard to believe, which also is the twist in the story. What consequences Nikhil faces and how he it effects him and what is Nandita’s role forms the crux of the story.

Artists Peformances

Nikhil has been delivering different yet convincing roles on screen since the past few years. His choice of scripts is commendable and he has done a great job in this film too with a tailor made role for him. The two female leads have good screen time and roles defined to deliver matured performance. Hebba Patel looked her usual best while it is Nandita who stole the show with her performance. Avika makes a brief appearance in the flashback. Rest of the supporting cast have done their part well with special mention to Vennela Kishore.

Technical Departments

First and formost it is clearly a well executed job by the director VI Anand. He has convincingly narrated and directed an almost impossibel to believe story. Though there was a lag in the beginning of the film, as it progresses, we get occupied with enough twists and great story. A horror comedy genre clubbed with romance is a great plot to watch on screen. Although the songs have a dampening effect on the overall film, with no chart toppers worth remembering. Background music has played a pivotal role in this fictional thriller. Cinematography is good and Sriram has done a good job at elevating the mood of the audience. Production values seemed decent.

Gold (+)

Nikhil’s performance
Nandita Swetha

Rold Gold (-)

Drag in the beginning of film and climax
Too many unconvincing twists
Debatable subject

On the whole, the film is a one time watch but is totally unrelatable with a fictional and debatable subject at hand. However, the director’s and Nikhil’s attempts to deliver something different should be appreciated.

Goldscreen Rating- 3/5
A watchable romantic thriller

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