Starring: Manchu Manoj, Praneetha Subash, Kriti Kharbanda, Brahmanandam
Director: Anil Krishna
Producer: DS Rao
Banner: Sri Sailendra Cinemas
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Nookayya aka Nokia (Manoj), is a cell phone thief with a good heart and has friends Nampally (Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao) and Chee Chaa (Vennela Kishore). He falls in love with a pub waitress (Sana Khan) and later decides to settle down in life by stealing a large sum. At this point he comes across Anu (Kriti) who is newly married to Kiran (Raja). Kiran gets kidnapped and to rescue him Anu carries 2 crores to give it to the gang. Nokia steals the money but gets cheated by his friend and dumped by lover Sana. He meets Anu again and gets to know her problem and tries to rectify his mistake by rescuing her husband from the gang. What happens to these 4 people forms the rest of the story.
Manchu Manoj puts a great effort for the film and it can be seen in energetic and rocking dances and fights. Living to his title Rocking Star, he puts up an impressive performance as cell phone thief. Manoj has done amazing stunts with out any body-double and he is the show stealer of Mr.Nookayya.
Kriti Kharbanda bagged a good role and her performance is okay. Sana Khan played other female lead role and looked extremely hot. She played pub waitress who cheats Manoj who is her boy friend. Sana Khan did her bit well and she looked stunning in Pista Pista song.
Raja surprises with his role in the film. The plot revolves around his character and he makes his presence felt with a fresh and rejuvenated look.
Vennela Kishore is wasted, Ahuti Prasad is good, Brahmanandam has a minor yet funny role, Samrat and Prabhas Srinu have done justice
Cinematography by B Rajasekhar is on top-notch. The entire film looked colorful and lively. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s musical scores have already earned good applauses and the background score is good and apt. A couple of songs are exceptionally shot.
Story is distinct but the screenplay is predictable and patchy while the narration is mediocre. Debutant Ani’s direction is okay but a racy execution could have brought applauses to the director. Dialogues are hilarious yet regular. Action scenes, chases are well-shot and need a special mention. SFX works are neat. Production values are rich.
Mr.Nookayya has unique and distinct story and the neatly etched characters that are appreciable however the director faltered to bring liveliness with the narration. The screenplay is predictable though had a couple of twists and twirls. The first half was patchy but it’s only the interval bang and second half that gains your interest. The climax and twists are the assets of the film. Producers spent lavishly on the film and it was shot in Ultra stylish way. The action sequences and the chases are choreographed much stylishly that keeps you to edge of the seats. The direction was okay but he seemed to have lost grip in narration at times (Especially in the first half). A gripping narration and racy screenplay could have done wonders.
The film has been released in the exam season and we have to see how the audiences receive it.
Better execution of First-half could have made wonders to Mr.Nookayya. Nonetheless, Manoj lives up to his title Rocking Star!!!