Release Date: 7 December 2023
Cast: Nani, Mrunal Thakur, Baby Kiara Khanna, Jayaram, Priyadarshi,
Music: Hesham Abdul Wahab
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Editing: Praveen Anthony
Producers: Mohan Cherukuri (CVM), Vijender Reddy Teegala, Murthy K. S.
Nani and Mrunal Thakur’s “Hi Nanna,” under the direction of Shouryuv, is striking a resonant chord with audiences through its emotionally charged teaser and trailer. The anticipation is further heightened with the intriguing presence of Shruti Haasan, adding an extra layer of excitement for fans.
In Mumbai, fashion photographer Viraj’s (Nani) world revolves around his daughter, the adorable Mahi (Baby Kiara). Together, they share a life filled with the vibrant hues of love and companionship. Their life takes a turn when Yashna (Mrunal Thakur), enters the frame. Yashna’s arrival introduces an intriguing twist to the narrative, sparking curiosity about her connection to Viraj and Mahi. As the storyline unfolds, it unravels the layers of Yashna’s identity. Rest of the story is all about what and how did Yashna changed the lives of Viraj and Mahi.
Nani, having showcased his commanding presence in the recent Dasara, transitions to a softer, more nuanced avatar in “Hi Nanna.” His performance in the film is nothing short of enchanting, as he effortlessly weaves a magical spell over the audience. Nani’s portrayal is a testament to his versatile acting prowess, with his dialogue delivery, emotive expressions, and emotions added depth to a role tailor-made for him.
Mrunal Thakur, with her mesmerizing performance, becomes the heartbeat of the film. Speaking volumes through her eyes and a captivating smile, she channels powerful emotions that resonate deeply with the audience. Kiara, with her adorable looks and commendable performance, proves to be a delightful presence on screen. She left an indelible mark with her adorable and expressive portrayal.
Priyadarshi, though having limited screen time, holds his own in his role, contributing effectively to the narrative. Shruti Haasan, in a dazzling song sequence, adds a touch of glamour, treating the audience to a visual delight. Nassar, Angad Bedi, and Viraj Ashwin deliver commendable performances, playing their roles with perfection.
Nani, Kiara Khanna
Predictable At Times
In his directorial debut, Shouryuv skillfully crafted an emotional, feel-good romantic entertainer that initially captivates the audience with an intriguing start. As the narrative unfolds, the love story, while taking a somewhat routine turn, keeps viewers engaged. The pace of the storytelling may test the patience of some, but the anticipation builds steadily until a riveting interval twist that leaves everyone thrilled.
The second half of the film delves into intense emotions, with each character delivering powerful performances that resonate with the audience. The climax, in particular, impresses and leaves viewers emotionally charged, marking a poignant conclusion to the narrative. Shouryuv’s storytelling prowess, coupled with an interesting plot, intense screenplay, and purposeful direction, cements a lasting impression on his debut.
Hesham Wahab, through his melodious tunes, casts a magical spell that heightens the impact of the scenes, while Sanu Varghese’s cinematography incorporates a rich feel to the story with visually stunning sequences. Although the editing by Praveen Anthony could have been more polished, the overall production values are commendable, contributing to the film’s overall appeal.
Bottom-line: Emotionally Charged Father -Daughter Bonding.