Starring: Nani, Mrunal Thakur, Baby Kiara Khanna, Jayaram, Priyadarshi, Nassar, Angad Bedi, and others
Producers: Mohan Cherukuri (CVM), Dr. Vijender Reddy Teegala
Music Director: Hesham Abdul Wahab
Hi Nanna, featuring the talented Nani alongside Mrunal Thakur and Baby Kaira Khanna, presents a heartwarming tale directed by debutant Shouryuv. The film delves into the life of Viraj, a single parent to his daughter Mahii, and unfolds a story where Yashna, portrayed by Mrunal Thakur, becomes a pivotal figure in their lives.
The film boasts a compelling storyline, offering ample opportunities for emotional depth and drama. Mrunal Thakur’s role stands out as the heart and soul of the movie, showcasing her excellent script selection akin to her performance in Sita Ramam. Nani, effortlessly slipping into the character of Viraj, delivers a touching performance, especially in poignant scenes like his interaction with the heroine’s mother. The chemistry between Nani and Mrunal Thakur is commendable.
Baby Kiara Khanna shines in her role, displaying confidence in her dialogue delivery and creating endearing moments alongside Nani and Mrunal Thakur. The film’s last few minutes leave a lasting impression. Hesham Abdul Wahab’s music and background score, except for the Odiyamma song, complement the storytelling excellently, enhancing the emotional appeal.
The initial segments of the love story lack novelty and are somewhat conventional. While the film gains momentum post the pre-interval sequence, the pacing initially hampers engagement. The movie might resonate more with A center audiences than with the masses. Additionally, certain elements like Shruti Haasan’s song in the second half feel out of place and impact the overall coherence of the narrative.
The music by Hesham Abdul Wahab and visuals by Sanu John Varghese elevate the movie’s emotional appeal, contributing to the high production values. However, the editing could have been sharper, and the film’s length might have benefited from trimming.
Shouryuv’s debut direction showcases promise with a decent handling of the storyline, although the pacing could have been improved. The film thrives on emotionally charged scenes, facilitated by strong performances from the cast. However, a more streamlined presentation and tighter editing could have enhanced the overall impact.
Hi Nanna is a good family drama offering some enjoyable moments and strong performances by Nani, Mrunal Thakur, and Baby Kiara Khanna. The movie’s engaging storyline and music serve as its primary strengths. However, pacing issues and certain narrative inconsistencies might not appeal widely to mass audiences. Nonetheless, for enthusiasts of emotional dramas, this film offers a comfortable watch for the weekend.