Release date : March 01, 2019
Starring : Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Nivetha Thomas, Shalini Pandey and others
Director : K. V. Guhan
Producers : Mahesh koneru
Music Director : Sekhar Chandra
Cinematographer : K. V. Guhan
Editor : Bikkina Thammiraju
Kalyan Ram has pinned a lot of hopes on ‘118’ as the film created a decent buzz with its interesting trailers. The suspense thriller is directed by Guhan and has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Gautam(Kalyan Ram) is a journalist who keeps getting weird dreams about a girl(Nivetha Thomas) getting killed. After a point in time, situations related to that dream keep happening in his real life as well with a connection to the number 118. Left with no choice, he decides to investigate the case himself along with his friend(Prabhas Sreenu) and finance(Shalini Pandey). Who is this girl? What does she have to do with Gautam? Is there a back story to this 118? To know the answers, we need to watch the film on the big screen.
Plus Points :
The concept of the film is interesting and the director Guhan has narrated the film well for the most part. Kalyan Ram is neat as the investigative journalist. Be it his looks, or the manner in which he portrays the serious emotions throughout the film, Kalyan Ram was impressive and carried the film on his shoulders.
Nivetha Thomas once again proves what a strong performer she is. Though she comes late in the proceedings, she does well with her emotional act. Her performance in one particular scene in the hospital was very touching. Shalini Pandey gives able support to Kalyan Ram and plays her part well.
Prabhas Seenu was good as Kalyan Ram’s sidekick. The manner in which the concept of lucid dreaming has been connected to the story looks good. The first half has decent thrills and the manner in which every aspect of the story is unraveled looks neat and crisp. The thrills showcased in the film are gripping in the first half and create a good interest for the audience.
Minus Points :
After a brisk first half, things get slow once the flashback of Nivetha Thomas starts. The director showcases the same old concept of corporate cheating and how an innocent girl gets into problems from big heads.
The proceedings in the second half are also predictable as many a time you get a feeling that you have watched such stuff previously. Rajeev Kanakala and his role do not have much clarity.
Technical Aspects :
Production values by Mahesh S Koneru are top notch. The film looks rich in every frame and gives you that authentic feel of a good thriller. Special mention to the camera work as the film has been showcased in a very good manner. The montage shots, scenes covering various cities and the resort setup look realistic.
Music by Shekhar Chandra is decent but his background score was even better. Dialogues by Mirchi Kiran are apt and suit the mood of the film. Kalyan Ram has been styled quite well in the film. Coming to the director Guhan, he has done a good job with the film. He chooses a simple story but has executed it nicely with a gripping screenplay. The manner in which he unleashes all the loopholes in the thriller looks good in the first half and sets up a good tone for the later part.
His detailing for small and minute properties which are attached to the story have been written an executed well. He carries the momentum in the second half but things get bogged down with a predictable flashback which should have been made crisp to make it more interesting for the audience.
On the whole, 118 is a simple and neat thriller which has been made with no unnecessary deviations. It has decent moments in both the halves and the suspense is carried out neatly. But the flashback in the second half slows down things a bit and is predictable. Barring this, the film has a classy feel and will surely attract the A center and multiplex audience. Box office wise, we need to see how the film works but Kalyan Ram has ensured that his attempt at doing a different film has surely worked with 118. Go watch it.
Movie done. Keep watching TeluguNow.com for complete reviewDate & Time : 08:37 AM March 01, 2019
Movie now heading towards climax into the final dream to solve the mystery about missing NivethaDate & Time : 08:21 AM March 01, 2019
Nassar comes into the picture again and some experiments on Lucid dreams happeningDate & Time : 08:19 AM March 01, 2019
Flashback is done. Kalyan Ram is gearing up to fight against the crimeDate & Time : 08:16 AM March 01, 2019
Nivetha dealing with big scale Medical and pharmaceutical conspiracy. Scenes related to it are being showcased nowDate & Time : 08:12 AM March 01, 2019
Time for Flashback and Nivetha story is being toldDate & Time : 08:02 AM March 01, 2019
Suspense behind Esther (Aadya’s friend ) is revealed and now its time for a fightDate & Time : 07:58 AM March 01, 2019
Kalyan Ram getting more details about his dream. Rajeev Kanakala makes entry as a close aid of villains gangDate & Time : 07:55 AM March 01, 2019
Goutam is still investigating on whereabouts of Aadya. He is collecting valuable clues regarding the same.Date & Time : 07:45 AM March 01, 2019
Post interval, a few confrontation scenes are on between Kalyan and the villainsDate & Time : 07:40 AM March 01, 2019
First Half Report : So far, the film is okay with a decent narration. Film’s concept and interval twist are good. Have to wait and see how the second half turns out to beDate & Time : 07:37 AM March 01, 2019
With a small twist in the tale, the film comes halfway. Break NowDate & Time : 07:33 AM March 01, 2019
Kalyan Ram finally finds the girl in his dream (Nivetha) is Aadya. He along with Shalini and Prabhas Seenu meet Aadya’s dad to find details about her missingDate & Time : 07:21 AM March 01, 2019
Hari Teja introduced as Esther as a missing girl. Kalyan Ram trying to find a link between her and the girl in his dreamDate & Time : 07:14 AM March 01, 2019
Kalyan Ram is trying hard to find details about Nivetha. A few investigative scenes are going onDate & Time : 07:09 AM March 01, 2019
Kalyan Ram meets Nassar, a doctor specialized in dreams for suggestions. Now, Shalini Pandey is introduced as Kalyan’s girlfriend and time for montage song ChandamameDate & Time : 07:01 AM March 01, 2019
Nivetha is introduced in the dream of Kalyan (Gautam )and she is being killed in the dream.Date & Time : 06:53 AM March 01, 2019
Suspense behind 118 title is solved in the opening scene itself. Hero Kalyan Ram has been introduced as a journalist. Now, its time for the first fightDate & Time : 06:48 AM March 01, 2019
The movie starts with a Thank you card to Tarak. Tarak’s warning on road safety is also displayedDate & Time : 06:40 AM March 01, 2019
Hi… the film has just started and its runtime is 126 minutesDate & Time : 06:37 AM March 01, 2019
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