Roshan Srikanth and Shriya Sharma-starrer film "Nirmala Convent," which was released in theatres on 16 September, has received mixed verdict and average ratings from film critics.
Sam (Roshan Srikanth) is a teenager from a poor family and he falls in love with his classmate Shanthi (Shriya), who is the daughter of a landlord. Their teenage love story hits a rough patch due to an ancestral dispute. Sam approaches Shanti's family, asking for her hand and her father throws a challenge for him. What happens next forms the rest of the story.
The critics say "Nirmala Convent," which has been directed by G Naga Koteswara Rao, is a tried-and-tested story and outdated screenplay, which is predictable. The first half of the film has a slow-paced narration and the movie picks up a good pace after Nagarjuna's entry. The game show keeps the audience engaged in the second half of the flick.
Roshan Srikanth and Shriya Sharma, who have made their debut as lead actors, have done justice to their roles and the chemistry between the two is the highlight of the film. Tagubothu Ramesh's comedy is another attraction of the film. Produced by Nagarjuna and Nimmagadda Prasad, the movie boasts of good production values, say the critics. Continue to see critics' verdict and Ratings in "Nirmala Convent" review round-up:
Nirmala Convent is a perfect launch pad for Roshan Srikanth. The young hero shines in his role and surely has a rocking future ahead. The film also has some decent moments and moves at a simple pace. If you ignore the slow first half and predictable nature of the film, you can give this film a shot for its innocence and Nag's cameo.
One would expect a refreshing teen romance setup in a school after looking at the promos, but Nirmala Convent turns out to be a stale, dated and boring film sans romance and entertainment. The story takes eternity to move forward as the director spends a lot of time on introducing the characters.
The film lives up to its image of a teenage love story. Although predictable, certain commercial elements could work for sections of audiences.
What works in Nirmala Convent's favour though is the fresh new leads â€” 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.
Roshan, post a brief appearance in Rudramadevi as the young Chalukya Veerabhadra, looks an assured actor on-screen. His body language oozes confidence with sharp dialogue delivery. Shriya Sharma, his counterpart and a popular child-actress, is asked to be a damsel in distress for a major part and does well for a beginner. Nagarjuna's rendition of 'Kotha Kotha Bhasha' appeals, but his presence in the film hardly makes a great impact. Surya, Anitha Chowdhary and Satya Krishnan do justice to their parts. Some more homework and Nirmala Convent could have passed muster.