Movie: 18 Pages
Cast: Nikhil, Anupama Parameswaran, Brahmaji, Posani Krishna Murali
Director: Palanati Surya Pratap
Produced By: GA2 Pictures and Sukumar Writings
Release Date: 23rd December 2022
Nikhil’s 18 Pages is the second release of the week and like other movies from the young hero, this film also has a novel concept and fresh take. The film sees a return of the blockbuster pairing of Nikhil and Anupama Parameswaran and has so far managed to create a positive buzz with good music and an interesting trailer. How’s the execution and did Nikhil manage to catch the audience’s fancy yet again? Let’s check out.
Story: Nikhil (Siddhu) believes more in rationality and technology than emotions. His outlook on life is challenged when he comes across Nandini’s (Anupama Parameswaran) diary. How does he process this new information and what impact it has on his life? What happens to the relationship between Siddhu and Nandini is what the movie follows.
Performances: Nikhil has done these roles in the past and predictably looks natural and convincing as Siddhu. His characterization and performance have no issues at all but still, you will find yourself asking for more. More edge to the character with better execution from the director’s end in terms of character depth would have helped Nikhil even more. Anupama Parameswaran has a steady character flow and is efficient in her role. But, again just like Nikhil, the lack of memorable moments and intriguing characterization makes the overall role asking for more.
Analysis: On paper, 18 Pages is a terrific concept by Sukumar. However, the lack of emotional connection and unstable narration might lead to the audience losing interest in the second half. The love story doesn’t pull your heart’s strings as the director intended to and the basic premise loses its charm as the movie proceeds towards the climax. The constant jumping between the genres also could be slightly discomforting for many and a consistent narration would have heightened the movie experience further.
- Nikhil’s performance
- Core Concept
- Gopi Sundar’s music
- First half
- Second half execution
- Anupama Parameswaran’s characterization
- Lack of consistency
- Lack of engaging moments
A fresh concept like 18 Pages requires more care when it comes to characterizations and emotional connect. The movie succeeds in achieving this in parts and had the momentum carried to the second half as well, it would have been a much more enjoyable experience.