Last update: December 24, 2022, 5:07 PM IST
Nikhil Siddhartha and Anupama Parameswaran share the screen space again, after the huge success of Karthikeya 2, in the romantic drama 18 Pages. The release of the Telugu film Palnati written by Sukumar and directed by Surya Pratap was delayed several times. But 18 Pages eventually received favorable reviews from moviegoers and critics alike. The film collected approximately 1.50 crores (early estimates) on its release day i.e. 23rd December. Positive word of mouth may help the film gain momentum this weekend. An overall occupancy rate of 23.63% was recorded on an opening day.
The film revolves around Siddhu, an app developer and phone addict, breaking up with his partner. He is deceived and turns to alcohol to cope with the situation. Bhagi, a friend of his, helps him. Then one day he meets a girl named Nandini’s diary.
As he starts reading, he develops curiosity and love for Nandini. He is shocked to learn that Nandini died in a vehicle accident. He is then determined to discover the truth behind her death. Nandini is the opposite of Siddhu. He favors interpersonal communication and never uses a telephone. In his opinion, savoring the moment, without the distraction of the phone, is more important. We are given several incidents to show how Siddhu changes when he lives his life according to some of Nandini’s teachings.
Dinesh Tej, Ajay, Posani Krishna Murali, Brahmaji, Sarayu Roy and Raj Tirandasu play important roles in the film. A Vasanth handled the cinematography of 18 pages. The film is directed by Naveen Nooli, and composer Gopi Sundar is responsible for the song’s soul-stirring and mesmerizing background score.
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