Surya too wishes to make his father's dream come true and is obedient in reciprocating his actions who does work for his father such as negotiating financial settlements and bringing fear into the hearts of the people who oppose him or his father. Meanwhile, Sandhya who is head over heels in love with Surya conveys her thoughts to him about how his actions are downright risky.
One day, at a financial settlement, Surya kidnaps the relatives of the Home Minister and a Dalit associate. Soon, he gets captured and is sentenced to jail time under the SC/ST Atrocity Act. However, he manages to avail bail time and returns home and lives together with Sandhya. it is at this point Surya questions himself on choosing between Sandhya and his father. Questions like how things turned awry in his life, what to do next and how Sandhya and his father would react to his decision forms the rest of Oka Manasu's story.
The story of Oka Manasu is quite offbeat compared to the romantic films audiences are bombarded with each year. The film is quite clear and matured in its approach, but does fall short in its narration which is quite slow. In addition to the slow narration, director Ramaraju has tried laying importance on presenting the film as an art piece, but it only ends up looking lackluster and dreary. Cinematography on the hand does the saving act and gives us a detailed look on the beauty of Vizag and Araku.
Dialogues play a crucial part in any film and Oka Manasu revolves around conversations between the lead pair. Since most of the content is dialogue-oriented, they ought to have been more effective to make the scenes engaging. With a slow first half, only the second half of Oka Manasu helps redeem the film for a heart-touching climax.
The father-son relationship has been crafted well in the film and has been executed to perfection by both Naga Shourya and Rao Ramesh. The relationship between the lead pair however fails to make a big impact as it should have and it is only towards the end of the film when we get to see some effect. Actress Pragathi, who plays Niharika's mother in the film should learn to not resort to overacting in the future since they make the audience cringe.
Although Oka Manasu has been made with noble intentions, the film owing to its slow-paced screenplay may play the devil.
In short, a slow and meandering first half brings down Oka Manasu's prospects in what could have rather been a promising film.