Nani, Sneha Ullal, Kriti Kharbanda, Nitya Menon
|Ala Modalaini is a youthful romantic entertainer. It is a simple love story treated in an innovative way and spins around a boy and a girl who meet at one point and their lives take a different turn since then.|
Nani by far has been the most underrated actor until Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu came around. What you see of him in Ala Modalaindi is a completely effervescent personality. If he can bring out emotions strongly, he is perfectly at ease displaying a buoyant, warm and a genuinely amicable mood in the latest debut film of Nandini Reddy.
He is nursing a broken heart and so does Nithya Menon, both of them strike a rapport instantly even while hiding their growing attraction for each other. While one decides to speak out the mind, the inevitable happens, the girl has already been engaged. By the time she realizes he means something to her, he is dating an other woman. A series of misunderstandings later they become a couple but what transpires from the beginning to the end is a fun riot.
The director has been successful in delivering a neat rom-com, she starts off the movie with a bumpy ride, appears somewhat edgy and unsettling, heightens the curiosity levels and makes you wait till the climax to connect the thread; the result of which is the last forty minutes of the film is like the chunk of chocolate at the end of the ice cream cone. She basically keeps the mood even, surprises you at regular intervals and keeps the emotional quotient at a moderate level with the silly jokes happening every now and then in short pulls of a perfect balance of comedy and drama.
Nithya Menon is a dangerous girl. If there isn't an equally good actor of her caliber as her co-star he could end up looking like a fool. Supported by the script, Nani is a perfect match for her. The other fresh element comes in the form of Rohini, not once does she overtake the script, makes a surprise entry and disappears decently and with dignity. Ala Modalaindi has language that is cool and permissible.
Sneha Ullal is back and she does a convincing job. Kriti Kharbanda vanishes even before you take a proper look of her. The supporting cast coasts along with the narration, directors should stop giving Pragati the loud and barking roles. Kalyani Malik is suddenly happening, his music doesn't stand out as a separate entity, it is absorbed into the story.
Nithya speaks in Telugu, sings a couple of songs and sweeps you off with her nonchalant attitude. While Sri Ranjith Films recovers from the previous dud 'Happy Happy Ga', Nandini Reddy doesn't push herself into the industry with this cinema, she walks coolly making people take a notice. Take a bow lady!