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Nayantara as Vidya Bagchi in the south Indian remakes of 'Kahaani' fails to impress critics

Nayantara as Vidya Bagchi in the south Indian remakes of 'Kahaani' fails to impress critics

Tamil and Telugu versions of the critically-acclaimed Bollywood film 'Kahaani' released in the theatres on Friday.

The Tamil and Telugu versions of the critically-acclaimed Bollywood film 'Kahaani' released in the theatres on Friday. While the Tamil remake is called 'Nee Enge En Anbe', which roughly translates to 'where are you my love'; the Telugu version is called 'Anamika' or 'nameless'.

According to reports, the film was not dubbed from one language to another, but shot separately in both south Indian languages. The south Indian adaptations have been directed by Sekhar Kammula follow almost the same plot as the Vidya Balan starrer -- except that they are based in Hyderabad, instead of Kolkata.

"The Tamil version has not been dubbed from Telugu as it is being speculated. Nayantara plays two different characters in both versions of the film. In Telugu, she plays a hacker, while in the Tamil version she plays a Tamil Brahmin," the director told The Times of India. "Hyderabad becomes the backdrop of both the films because it adds a mystery element in the story. Moreover, the Tamil version is longer by four minutes vis-a-vis the Telugu version," he added.

'Kahaani' won its lead actor Vidya Balan critical acclaim for the role of a pregnant woman who arrives at the eastern Indian city of Kolkata from London in search for her missing husband. Interestingly, popular south Indian actress Nayantara, who reprises Balan's role, plays the role with a twist -- her character is not pregnant.

'Kahaani' remakes seem to have garnered an average, to above-average reviews. The WSJ blog made a compilation of the reviews:

The Hindu review said that the plot was not as "gritty and taut," as its Hindi counterpart. They also said that Nayantara lagged behind Balan as far as performance in the first half of the film was concerned. Yet, "she comes into her own in the second half of the movie when the plot thickens," read the review.

Hindustan Times review said that Nee Enge En Anbe's plot and narrative style was almost as gripping as the film 'Kahaani'. They also added that "Nayantara does not measure up to Balan who was simply superb as a woman wronged by fate".

"It was a slow start of the film but concluded in a gripping finish," said a review on indiaglitz.com. They added that Nayantara was probably the best choice for the role but thought the only thing that seemed unreal was too much makeup on "a common woman" in agony, in search of her husband.