Lie Review : Decent Thriller

Film: Lie

Rating: 2.75/5

Director: Hanu Raghavapudi

Cast: Nithiin, Mega Akash

Producer: Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta, Anil Sunkara

Release Date: August 11, 2017 

Nithiin and Hanu Raghavapudi, who have delivered respective super hit movies in their last outing, have joined together for first time for intelligent romantic entertainer “LIE (Love Intelligence Enmity)”. Lets find out whether this film had struck the right chord.


A. Sathyam (Nithiin) alias Asathyam, is accustomed to telling lies as his name stands for. He meets stingy Chaitra (Megha Akash) who is willing to share the Las Vegas trip with him because of her last minute marriage cancellation due to thunderbolt. They try to talk with each other by telling only lies. Meanwhile, a suit enters into the scene and changes the flow of the story.

What is that suit? Who is Showman? Why does criminal Padmanabham (Arjun) and police run behind that suit? What does Sathyam do with that suit? Is the rest of the story is about

What’s Good:

Production values


Background score

What’s Bad:

Uneven Second Half


Some Unconvincing scenes


Lie is a cat and mouse game between Nithiin and Arjun, where both try to outsmart each other with their intelligence. Director Hanu did a nice job by coming up with this thriller story.

The first half starts on a interesting note with an undercover agent Vikram informing the whereabouts of Arjun to National Investigation Agency chief Bharadwaj (Ravi Kishan). However, the attempts to catch him turn out to be futile as Arjun escapes with Naseer leaving a note saying, “You can never catch me. Happy Diwali”

A mission 'Sholay' is launched by Bharadwaj to capture Arjun by following his suit/coat. Nithiin enters the scene as 32 years old petty thief from old city, Hyderabad tries to steals that suit. All the lead characters move to America for their own purposes. Adi (Sriram) is shown investigating the case of Arjun and comes to know about his whereabouts in America and soon first half ends with a nice interval bang.

In Second half, the story moves to San Francisco where Arjun tries to get hold of the suit that is in possession of NIA agents, Nithiin and Sriram. How arjun and Nithiin try to beat each other by playing mind games and how justice is prevailed, forms the end of the second half.

There are many silly scenes throughout the movie such as Heroine going to Las Vegas on honeymoon trip with hero without even knowing about him. NIA officer Sriram pulling Nithiin to airplane toilet just because he uttered the word Sholay. Characters getting confused between NIA and Central intelligence of India, there is no consistency. 

Hanu tried to maintain the suspense element till the last moment but sometimes went overboard with some unconvincing scenes. Nithiin looked stylish with his beard and costumes; Arjun gave a nice opposition to Nithiin in both looks and performance. Megha Akaksh and Nithiin’s chemistry worked out to some extent. Sreeram had got a good role after long time. Nassar, Pruthvi Raj, Barhmaji and Sudarshan played routine stuff.  Music and BGM by Mani Shankar had created a nice impact on the story.  Overall, Lie can be watched one time for its interesting suspense thriller story.

Result: Decent Thriller