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, a heartwarming tale directed by debutant Shouryuv, features the talented Nani alongside Mrunal Thakur and Baby Kaira Khanna. It delves into Viraj’s life, a single parent to his daughter Mahii, and unfolds as Yashna (Mrunal Thakur) becomes a significant figure in their lives.
The film boasts a compelling storyline, offering ample emotional depth and drama. Mrunal Thakur’s role shines as the heart and soul of the movie, showcasing her excellent script selection akin to her performance in Sita Ramam. Nani seamlessly embodies the character of Viraj, delivering a touching performance, especially in poignant moments like his interaction with the heroine’s mother. The chemistry between Nani and Mrunal Thakur is commendable.
Baby Kiara Khanna excels in her role, exhibiting confidence in dialogue delivery and creating endearing moments alongside Nani and Mrunal Thakur. The film’s concluding minutes leave a lasting impression. Hesham Abdul Wahab’s music and background score, excluding the Odiyamma song, complement the storytelling, enhancing the emotional appeal.
The initial segments of the love story lack novelty and feel somewhat conventional. While the film gains momentum after the pre-interval sequence, the pacing initially hampers engagement. It might resonate more with A-center audiences than with the masses. Additionally, certain elements, like Shruti Haasan’s song in the second half, disrupt the narrative coherence.
Hesham Abdul Wahab’s music and Sanu John Varghese’s visuals elevate the movie’s emotional appeal, contributing to its high production values. However, sharper editing and a trimmed length could have enhanced the overall impact.
Shouryuv’s debut direction shows promise with a decent handling of the storyline, though pacing could have been improved. The film thrives on emotionally charged scenes, thanks to strong performances from the cast. However, a more streamlined presentation and tighter editing could have amplified the movie’s impact.
Hi Nanna offers enjoyable moments and strong performances by Nani, Mrunal Thakur, and Baby Kiara Khanna. The engaging storyline and music remain its primary strengths. However, pacing issues and narrative inconsistencies might not resonate widely with mass audiences. Yet, for enthusiasts of emotional dramas, this film provides a comfortable weekend watch.