Neevevaro (Eng: Who are you?) is a 2018 Telugu language romance action thriller film directed by Hari Nath and produced by Kona Venkat and M.V.V. Satyanarayana. The film stars Aadhi, Taapsee Pannu and Ritika Singh in the leading roles. Neevevaro is a remake of 2017 Tamil film, Adhe Kangal, directed by Rohin Venkatesan.
Kalyan (Aadhi Pinisetty), a blind chef, owns a restaurant in Hyderabad and is very successful. He has a loving family, and is well respected by his workers. His childhood friend and neighbor Anu (Ritika Singh) is in love with him. His routine includes spending time in his restaurant playing the guitar after it closes, and taking a walk back to his house. One night while he is about to close up and leave, Vennela (Taapsee Pannu) shows up in the restaurant requesting to help feed a homeless person. Kalyan is impressed with her in their first meeting.
Vennela visits his restaurant regularly for the same reason, and Kalyan gradually falls in love with her. He proposes to her one day, but to his shock, Vennela cries upon hearing his proposal, saying she loves him too, but she came here to bid farewell. Vennela says she borrowed 2 million Rupees from a gang a few years ago for her father’s heart surgery, and now she cannot repay it. The gang has threatened her family several times, and warned her they will abduct her if she cannot repay her debt the next day. Kalyan, who is in love with Vennela, agrees to repay her debt for her the next day.
On his way home the very night, Kalyan encounters a car accident which makes him unconscious for 3 weeks, but also coincidentally, returns his sight. Waking up after 3 weeks, Kalyan is shocked to learn 3 weeks have passed, which means, Vennela could be in danger. He starts to look her for through clues she left while with him, but ends up finding nothing.
Meanwhile, Kalyan and Anu’s parents want the two to marry each other. To please his mother, Kalyan agrees to marry Anu, though he loves Vennela. The night before Kalyan and Anu’s wedding, Vennela’s father visits Kalyan’s restaurant to ask for help, saying the gang abducted Vennela as threatened, because Kalyan didn’t repay her debt. The gang now threatens to kill her if he cannot repay the debt the next day. Kalyan agrees again to repay the money, to save Vennela.
The next day, Kalyan escapes from his wedding to save Vennela. He and Vennela’s father arrive at the appointed place, where they see the gang pointing a gun at blindfolded Vennela. Immediately after Kalyan hands over the money to them, police arrive on the scene. The gang is angered and thinks Kalyan brings not only the money, but also police, so they shoot Veenela’s father and hits Kalyan to unconsciousness and takes away Vennela again. Before leaving, they threatened Kalyan they will kill Vennela if he tells anything to police.
Kalyan wakes up later at the same place to find nobody beside him, even Vennela’s father’s dead body or police, making him very confused. Upon returning to his wedding, upset Anu says she should’ve already learnt Kalyan did not agree to marry her out of his own choice, but only as an obligation to please his mom. She starts to hate him.
Kalyan later sees news that Vennela’s father is killed in a car accident in another city, and police is calling anyone who knows him to claim his body as they cannot identify him. Kalyan is now more confused, thinking how can someone that had died in front of him die again. He visits the city to find out what happened. Meanwhile, Anu also goes to the same city for job reassignment.
With a police Constable Chokka Rao (Vennela Kishore) in that city, Kalyan find Vamsi (Adarsh Balakrishna) a clay artist whose car caused the accident that killed Vennela’s father. To their shock, Vamsi is blind who cannot drive. After some twists, Vamsi confesses that it was his girlfriend Jyothi who drove his car and killed Vennela’s father. Vamsi bribed an Inspector with 3 million Rupees to save Jyothi, who later left him out of fear. They somehow find a photo of Jyothi, but are all shocked to learn that it’s Vennela.
After observing a State Award for specially-abled received by Vamsi, Kalyan observes there is a common point between them i.e. the same state Award he also received earlier so now realizes the Vennela he knew, whose name may possibly be different, is a con woman that swindles money especially from blind men who received the same state award. He thought he was her lover, but now he knows he is just one of the victims of her cons. He, Anu and Chokka decide to get the scammer at any cost.
Finally, they catch her when she’s executing her new plan, where she is cheating another blind man called Shekar (Ravi Prakash) a famous classical singer in Vijayawada as Katyayani by saying her brother urgently needs 2.5 million Rupees for kidney transplanting. Vennela observes the trio and tries to misguide them which makes a lot of chaos and finally they arrest her.
Vennela, whose real name is Kalavathi, a child abuse victim by her father later she turned into a fraudster is found guilty but mentally ill by a court. The court sentences her to 3 years in jail, but sends to a mental hospital due to her mental illness. Later for the investigation Chokka Rao was got promoted to sub Inspector, Kalyan and Anu also reunite after the former finally learns how much the latter loves him. Finally Neevevaro ends with a twist that Kalavathi is not metally Ill she was waiting for a chance to restart her fraudulent ways again.
Directed by Hari Nath
Produced by M.V.V. Satyanarayana & Kona Venkat
Written by Kona Venkat
Story by Rohin Venkatesan
Starring Aadhi Pinisetty, Taapsee Pannu, Ritika Singh
Music by Achu Rajamani & Prasan Praveen Shyam
Cinematography Sai Sriram
Edited by Pradeep E. Ragav
Release date 24 August 2018
Running time 122 minutes