CAST: Naga Shaurya, Niharika Konidela, Pragathi, Rao Ramesh, Nagineedu, Srinivas Avasarala, RJ Hemanth
MUSIC: Sunil Kashyap
A guy and girl in love. The boy’s political dreams. The girl’s fears about his welfare. Conflicts that threaten to tear them apart. And yet, they come back together only to be pulled apart again. Eventually, they come to terms with the fact that their love is unending and doesn’t really have death, or does it? To lay it on the line, that’s the crux of director Ramaraju’s Oka Manasu, a film which tells the tale of a couple and their love for each other, pure and unconditional. The thing about love in movies is that it is always breezy, larger than life and feels beyond one’s reach and that’s probably one reason a lot of us enjoy, and sometimes even feel wonderful. But a film like Oka Manasu is different. It doesn’t go beyond the everyday existence and takes us into the life of a couple who are just like any of us. The sweet nothings that transpire between them are a delight to watch. The film, though, has interesting casting choices like Rao Ramesh who plays the father who’s dedicated his life to see his son fulfil a political dream, and goes to any extent to bring him out of trouble. Pragathi is the mother who’s distraught at her daughter’s choice of “criminal” as a life partner but willingly lets go when it is time to. Srinivas Avasarala is sufficient while RJ Hemanth’s character with negative shades is interesting. As for Naga Shaurya, his effortlessness is amazing. He is aided by Niharika who does a decent job for a debut film. The film’s biggest asset is the music by Sunil Kashyap who elevates even a subtle instance into an ecstatic moment.