Cast: Nani, Mrunal Thakur, Baby Kiara, Jayaram, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Angad Bedi, Viraj Ashwin, Shruti Haasan, among others
Writer and Director: Shouryuv
Music: Hashim Abdul Wahab
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Producer: Mohan Cherukuri, Dr. Vijender Reddy Teegal, Murthy K.S.
Production House: Vyra Entertainment
Release Date: 07-12-2023
Nani, who has risen in the film industry without any cinematic background, has always set himself apart by choosing films without considering trends or image. After joining the 100-crore club for the first time with his movie ‘Dasara’, Nani is back with ‘Hi Nanna’. The film introduces Shouryuv as the director. The pre-release promotions featuring Nani and Mrunal Thakur were eye-catching. Let’s see how the film turned out and whether it conveys the emotional bond between father and daughter.
Viraj (Nani) is a fashion photographer in Mumbai and adores his daughter Mahi (Kiara). He entertains her with stories where he is the hero. One day, when Mahi asks for a story about her mother, Viraj hesitates. This leads Mahi to run away from home. During this, Mahi is saved from an accident by Yashna (Mrunal Thakur). While in a coffee shop, Viraj arrives searching for his daughter and finally tells her the mother’s story. What is this story? Who is Varsha? What is the relationship between Yashna and Mahi’s mother? How does Yashna fall in love with Viraj? These questions are answered in the film.
Nani once again captivates the audience with his performance, especially in the emotional scenes with his daughter. His portrayal of a father’s desperation and sorrow is heart-wrenching. Nani and Mrunal Thakur’s pairing is commendable, and both have breathed life into their characters. Mrunal Thakur, in particular, stands out in the pre-climax scenes. Baby Kiara is adorable and evokes empathy. Priyadarshi, Angad Bedi, Jayaram, and Viraj Ashwin play key roles effectively.
For a debut director, Shouryuv’s handling of the film is impressive, presenting the story without confusion or unnecessary violence and romance. However, some spoon-feeding scenes slow down the narrative. The film’s emotional content is its strength, with unexpected twists engaging the audience. There are many heartwarming scenes for family audiences.
Technically, the film is excellent with fitting scenes and music enhancing the narrative. Sanu John Varghese’s cinematography is a plus, presenting Nani in a new light and capturing the beauty of Mumbai and Goa. Hashim’s music is captivating, with the song “Samayama” echoing throughout the film. The production design and editing are well-executed.
Nani, Mrunal, and Kiara’s performances
Emotional depth and twists