Title: Miss India
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Jagapathi Babu, Naveen Chandra, Nadhiya, Naresh, Rajendra Prasad
Director: Narendra Nath
Streaming on: Netflix
Story: Manasa Samyuktha (Keerthy Suresh) belongs to a middle class family in Vizag district. After her grandfather’s death, she is forced to move to USA. Her dream is to become a successful businesswoman. How did she manage to achieve this dream despite a lot of obstacles forms the story.
Performances: Keerthy Suresh has delivered a neat performance from her side but the poor writing has made her look silly in a few scenes. Jagapathi Babu appears as the usual successful and powerful businessman. Naveen Chandra is good. Nadhiya, Naresh, Rajendra Prasad and Kamal Kamaraju appear as Samyuktha’s family members and they have done their parts well.
Technicalities: Sujith Vaassudev’s visuals are excellent and captured San Francisco on a superb note and presented the entire film in a grand and stylish way. Thaman’s music is another big plus for the film. The songs as well as the background score help the film in getting elevated a bit. Dialogues are poor and seem more like the ones found at the end of moral stories. Editing is okay. Production values are good.
Analysis: The basic idea of the film is good and would have made for a great heroine-oriented film if the writing had not let down this good idea. The movie starts off with some important scenes within the family of our protagonist. These scenes have been dealt well with Thaman’s music adding up to it. The movie manages to keep us engaged for about 50 minutes. Then, the film starts going downhill just when Keerthy Suresh comes up with an idea for her own business. The transition of Keerthy Suresh from a nobody to a super successful businesswomen is shown in the span of a few minutes which makes it totally unconvincing. It required more depth and some more well written scenes to establish her struggle and rise. The second half is completely predictable with the usual business enemies and their wicked plans. The slow motion shots and elevation scenes used for Keerthy Suresh would have worked if her rise to success was shown in a more convincing way. That would have developed emotional connect with audience. The dialogues which are meant to be motivating and inspiring end up being funny. Writers Narendra Nath (who is also the director) and Tharun Kumar have let down a good premise with their very mediocre writing.
On a whole: Miss India has only a handful of good moments and is mostly predictable and tedious. You may watch it if you are too bored or if you like Keerthy Suresh.