Ram Pothineni and Keerthi Suresh-starrer movie "Nenu Sailaja", which released on 1 January, has received positive reviews and good ratings from film critics.

"Nenu Sailaja" is a romantic entertainer with a fresh love story. Hari (Ram) falls in love with Sailaja (Keerthi Suresh) during his childhood, but cannot express it to her. Hari meets Sailaja again as an adult, and becomes very close to her without knowing about their shared past. But she rejects him when he proposes. What happens next is what the film is all about.

Kishore Tirumala, who has made his debut as director, has written an engaging script, which has impressed the critics. The first half deals with the lead pair's love story, which gains momentum with an interesting twist before interval. The second half focuses on family bonding and the conflict between a girl and her father.

Critics say Ram and Keerthi's brilliant performances are the highlights of "Nenu Sailaja". Kishore's engrossing screenplay and superb dialogues, Devi Sri Prasad's music, Sameer Reddy's cinematography, Sreekar Prasad's editing and great choreography of songs are big assets of the film.

The film has been rated 3.25 out of 5 stars on an average. Continue to read the critics' verdict and ratings in the "Nenu Sailaja" review roundup.

The Hindu Rating: 3

This is a simple story of relationships, beautifully told. A few frills, like a song in front of a dhaba and a needless land shark of a villain don't gel with the rest of the film. Ignore these and Nenu Sailaja is a feel-good film to start the year with.

Idle Brain Rating: 3.25 

Nenu Sailaja is a well-thought project from Ram who has been doing completely mass movies in recent years. It has freshness in first half and a familiarity in second half. Plus points of the film are freshness in first half, beautiful dialogues and Ram's perfect portrayal. On the flip side, second half gives you a deja vu feeling. But, it's wrapped up in a positive fashion, On a whole, Nenu Sailaja has ingredients that work at box office and it's a refreshing movie for Ram.

123 Telugu Ratings: 3.5

Nenu Shailaja is a simple yet beautiful love story with the right mix of family emotions. Superb first half, Ram's balanced performance and a clean narration are huge assets for the film. If you ignore the routine nature of the script during the second half, you can happily watch this feel good film with your entire family and start the new year on a positive note.

Gulte Ratings: 3.25

Nenu Sailaja will strike a chord with the youth and the emotions in the second half will appeal to the family audience. This film will be appreciated by the target audience. Masses may find it little boring and sluggish that may hamper its chances in B and C centers. For its genuinely enjoyable scenes and touching emotions, Nenu Sailaja is worth a watch.

Great Andhra Ratings: 3.25

The pleasant presentation by director Kishore Tirumala with good dialogues, catchy tunes by Devi Sri Prasad and beautiful presence of Keerthi Suresh, Nenu Sailaja works.