Nirmala Convent movie cast: Roshan Meka, Shriya Sharma, Akkineni Nagarjuna
Nirmala Convent movie director: G Naga Koteswara Rao
It is the same old story, oft told — the heroine is the daughter of a rich zamindar, the hero is a poor boy and both fall in love. A power struggle follows with the families pitted against each other, often underlined by exaggerated casteism. A happy ending brings the curtains to the whole show.
This story has often been the launchpad of star kids. Nirmala Convent is no exception. The film repeats the same tired story with a brand new cast and expects the fresh new faces to do wonders. So this is what happens in the film: An impoverished and precocious teenage boy falls in love with a girl who happens to be the daughter of an aristocratic landlord. Both go to the same school, Nirmala Convent. Girl’s father denies the boy’s proposal as he doesn’t have the social status or money. The rest of the film is how the boy participates in a quiz show and wins back the girl.
So, Nirmala Convent is essentially the poor boy-rich girl romance-meets-Slumdog Millionaire minus the tight script or powerful dialogues that may have made the formula work. Despite the fresh new faces, the first half of the film is dull in terms of pace. The second half feels like we are watching the MAA quiz show, Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu. The branding of the show, as well as that of Akkineni family, takes over the film. It also does away with the surprise element — if the quiz show is scripted and given the hero is in the ‘hot seat’, it is quite obvious that we are heading for the veritable happy ending.
We get to see ‘king’ Nagarjuna post-interval and he is there to save the kid. He is the ‘god’ (Yes, Sam says it) and the saviour of the show. The actor’s performance breathes some life back into the failing script.
What works in Nirmala Convent’s favour though is the fresh new leads — Samuel or Sam (Roshan Meka) and Shanti (Shriya Sharma). The duo makes the most of the script and has a great chemistry together. The supporting characters in the boy and girl’s gangs also have some great potential and the lone comic warrior ‘Thagubothu Ramesh’, a perpetual drunkard, easily manages to steal the show.
The songs and the background scores are also settling and music director Roshan Saluri manages to live up to the standards set by his father, Koti. AR Ameen and Nag’s songs also got hoots from the audience.