Director: Prasanth Varma
Producer: Nani, Prashanti Tipirneni
Production Company: Wall Poster Cinema
Music: Mark K Robin
Starring: Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra, Eesha Rebba, Srinivas Avasarala, Murali Sharma
Release Date: 16th February 2018
Natural Star Nani is back as a producer for Awe- a multistarrer movie which revolves around four main characters- Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra and Srinivas Avasarala. Priyadarshi, Murali Sharma, Esha Rebba and others are in important roles. Nani lent his voice to the character of a fish whereas Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja to the character of Bonsai tree.
Story: Kali (Kajal Aggarwal) is a young girl who is in pain and writes all the moments in a diary. She goes to a restaurant to celebrate her birthday. In the restaurant, a chef (Priyadarshi) has a emotional story with a fish, a tree and a small girl. And then we come across the drug addict (Regina Cassandra), a magician, and watchman of the restaurant (Srinivas Avasarala) who wants to meet his parents whom he missed in his childhood by inventing a time machine. The entire story revolves around them.
- Voice-Over of Nani and Ravi Teja
- Social message about girl child Abuse
- Social message on importance of the Plants
- May appeal to limited set of audience
Performance: Kajal Aggarwal as Kali delivers superb performance. Her character has lot of pain throughout the film but she looks cute. Eesha Rebba as Radha justifies with her role. She looks beautiful. Nithya Menen as Krishna Veni performs well. She takes the movie to another level with his wonderful performance. Regina Cassandra is terrific, right from her look to her mannerisms. Nani and Ravi Teja nailed it as Fish and Tree with their dubbing. The importance of Plants told by Mass Maharaja in comical way sends the whole theatre into laughter. Srinivas Avasarala as watchman looks good. Pragathi is good. Priyadarshi is superb. All other actors have done fantastic work.
Technical: The storyline of the film is unique. A sexual disorder is discussed in the movie. Another concept abusing girls is boldly discussed and it is kind of extension to #MeToo movement. Background music by Mark A. Robin blends in well with visuals and carries forward the emotion. Nani as a producer spent adequately wherever required. Cinematography work is breath-taking. The visuals and frames the movie has are good to eye. Editing is good.
Analysis: Awe is a complete entertainer with all the emotions in right proportions. The director succeeds in grabbing our attention right from the first scene of the film and makes sure that the interest is sustained throughout. It’s difficult to make a different film, yet strike the right note on commercial aspect and director succeeds in it with this film. I feel that the Telugu audiences have never seen such a story on screen the before. The movie also carries social message about girl child Abuse and importance of plant which is conveyed in very interesting and engaging manner. The climax of the film is a surprising element for everyone.