Lot of fire & a bit of ice

Scene I: 20 cars vroom into a construction site even as a real estate agent, two firangs and a secretary, apart from 276 construction workers standby helpless. The many rowdies and their

Published: 20th February 2012 08:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:59 PM   |  A+A-

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Scene I: 20 cars vroom into a construction site even as a real estate agent, two firangs and a secretary, apart from 276 construction workers standby helpless.

The many rowdies and their chamchas, all dressed in whites, intimidate the hapless agent to extort 25 per cent share in whatever he’s coming up with.

The same scene repeats itself thrice albeit with a minor variation: The baddies are different as are their chamchas and the cars.

Having had enough of this, the exasperated agent knocks on the doors of Surya (Ravi Teja), a gym instructor and owner of Friend’s Fitness Center, who is fit as a fiddle, sans the toned muscles.

The energetic young man, living up to the adage a friend in need is a friend indeed, takes on Raja Goud aka Ghajini aka Bhikshu Yadav (Pradeep Rawat), who’s the big bad daddy of the movie.

In between this epic confrontation, Surya — unlike other heroes who have of late been at pains to talk Telangana — gives a few sermons on unity, slurping his ice-cream (apparently made from ingredients brought from Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema).

“I belong to all the three regions.

I am from Hyderabad.

Born in Andhra.

Educated in Rayalseema.

Came of age in Telangana.” Cool, eh? His friend, though, is a Tamil! Sriram (Srikanth, the Tamil actor) and soon, Surya falls for his sis Meghana (Deeksha Seth) the tall lady who somehow seems to dwarf her beau whenever they get together.

She skips and hops into each scene as she wants to be an athelete and Surya, the instructor, is more than glad to take her under his wings.

Unlike in other films, in Nippu, it is not the hero but his sidekick, Sriram, who falls in love with the rogue villain’s daughter and that too in Saudi Arabia.

But as ill-luck would have it, Sriram’s ladylove falls off the 15th floor and sends the poor man straight to the gallows.

Now, being the friend in need, Surya has to rise to the occasion to save Sriram.

Quick note: The Saudi jail exactly resembles our Taramati Baradari! To save his friend, Surya has to get Raja Goud’s signature on a letter granting pardon.

(No blood money here?).

The rest of the story is predictable with Surya playing Sriram and keeping the family in the dark till matters reach a head and he has to sacrifice his own love to save his friend.

Brief and usual comedy bits between Brahmanandam and Ravi Teja do keep the audience engaged.

The music is good but background score is too loud.

Though the screenplay is weak, it has all the mirch masala that Ravi Teja is famous for even if he does exceed his brief once in a while.

Verdict: All Ravi Teja fans will surely like the movie.

But do carry ear-plugs.

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