Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) is a happy-go-lucky guy exploring life. After his holidaying, on his way back to India, he falls instantly in love with Nandana (Pooja Hegde). She is his inspiration to write a book titled ‘Oka Laila Kosam’. Karthik loves Nandu unconditionally and luckily their parents also fix their match officially and conduct their engagement. However, Nandu develops hatred towards Karthik! Why does she hate Karthik and how did Karthik win Nandu's love forms the plot of the film.
Naga Chaitanya: After Manam, he made the essential cut as an actor and he only grew a notch higher with this film. He pleasantly surprised one and all with his splendid dances. However, an enhanced comic timing would have made this love story even more entertaining.
Pooja Hegde: This debutant has lived up to the expectations in this film. She was cute, charming and certainly one of the most talented actors around. Way to go Pooja!
Ali: This ‘Pandu’ provides the right relief and entertainment in the film. His comedy was indeed the knight in the shining armor for first half.
The rest of the cast including Suman, Sudha, Shayaji Shinde, Madhu et al gave their best in the limited scope offered.
Director Vijay Kumar Konda has tried to tell a sensitive and sensible love story in the most entertaining manner but was only ‘half successful’ as the first half alone could keep the viewer engaging and entertaining enough. His lead characters were cool and the symbolic representation of a virtual love story in the form of pigeons was indeed appreciable. But playing around with a single trump card called ‘misunderstanding’ all through the story was unconvincing and actually affected the second half. The improper screenplay and the lackadaisical scenes in the second half also bruised the feel of the story.
First Half: This segment is joyous ride with little bit of love, cat and mouse romance, songs, sentiment and comedy. Ali’s performance as ‘Pandu’ was the showstopper in the segment.
Interval Bang: This is certainly one of the most interesting intervals in the recent times.
Second Half: The second half which started on a promising note eventually loses its magic with the lack of clarity in the heroine’s character. You might also feel like asking “What’s your problem girl?” With the extended conflict point, few forced fights and scenes, the second half might actually give your patience a small slip test. But the pre-climax and climax episodes bring back the film onto track!
- The lead cast performance especially Naga Chaitanya, Pooja Hegde and Ali.
- Ali’s characterization and comedy track.
- An engaging narration in the first half with clean comedy.
- A-grade cinematography and beautifully picturized songs.
- An indolent screenplay in the second half.
- Lack of commercial elements might actually disappoint the mass audience and fans of Naga Chaitanya.
Anup Rubens has actually given decent and refreshing music. His back ground score was also decent enough.
Cinematography by Andrew and editing by Prawin Pudi were impressive. However, the much touted “Oka Laila Kosam…” remix song was in a way disappointing.
Oka Laila Kosam is a one-time watch passable affair. It is neither a great love story that one should repent missing nor a bad love story to repent watching. Anyone with plenty of time to kill can give it a shot once!