Nikhil Siddharth Kiraak Party Telugu Movie Review, Rating -2/5
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Bottom Line: A watchable coming of age romantic entertainer, that appeals, though not on par with the original
Almost a year after his revenge thriller hit Keshava, young and promising hero Nikhil Siddhartha returns on screen, this time in a familiar setup for him - a college entertainer, and the added advantage being the remake of a superhit flick, with Kirrak Party directed by debutant Sharan Kopisetty. So, after Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinanvada and Keshava, is Kirrak Party that hattrick for Nikhil? Here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on net Kirrak Party Review.
Krishna (Nikhil Sidhhartha) joins college, and in his first year, gets attracted to his senior Meera (Simran Pareenja), a girl with a beautiful heart. As they begin to develop an attraction towards each other as their college life progresses, with her discovering the loveable and soft side of the otherwise mischievous Krishna, a sudden twist of fate leads to Meera's end.
Her unfortunate end causes a huge impact on Krishna, who changes himself completely into a rugged and tough guy, and cut to his final year, Krishna is now a rebellious student leader, and is loved by first-year girl Sathya (Samyuktha Hegde), who finds out that he isn't what he projects himself as, and while also expressing her love, tells him to get out of his sad past. Was Krishna able to undergo the self-realization process and unite with Sathya is what the lovely Kirrak Party is all about?
For Nikhil Siddhartha, this is home ground, as he began his career with another fun-filled campus entertainer Happy Days, and he's every bit a naughty prankster college student in the first half, and shows ample variation after his personal loss, in the second half in a stunning new makeover.
The actor oozes life into the role and keeps the proceedings engaging. Debutant Simran Pareenja emotes well but finds it quite hard to sync her Telugu lines, which ultimately impacts the quality of her performance. The other debutant Samyuktha Hegde easily scores and sores high over Simran, with her full of life, bubbly, tomboyish act as Sathya, as she gets her expressions right, and must be appreciated for dubbing her own lines. The rest of the cast including Brammaji, Viva Raghav, and Hanumantha Gowda are adequate.
The Background score by Ajanessh Loknath is impressive, and of his songs, Guruvaram, Back Bench, and Neelo Ninnu are hum-worthy. Cinematography by Advaitha Gurumoorthy captures the essence of college life and the nice campus setup beautifully and makes sure every frame of Kirrak Party is colorful. Editing by MR Varma could have been taut, as the movie drags at quite a few places. Debutant Sharan Kopisetty has got a perfect platform for his launch, as he has not just got a successful template for a blockbuster Kannada film Kirik Party, but also the support of two experienced makers.
Sudheer Varma in charge of the screenplay, and Chandoo Mondeti in charge of dialogues to deliver a quality film. Sharan has made good use of it, extracting good performances from everyone in the movie, and while mostly sticking faithfully to the original for most parts, Kirrak Party has its own share of flaws, like the performance of Simran Pareenja, which is not on par with Rashmika Mandanna in the original , besides the song placement, which constantly mars the impact of the otherwise free-flowing screenplay, and some bad editing in the second half, which makes Kirrak Party, an extended ride through the college.
Despite its shortcomings, Kirrak Party emerges a flick worth watching, thanks to its feel-good factor, the universal theme of love.and the coming of age theme presented in the ever appealing campus setup, which, though cinematic, will take the audience on a nostalgic trip down the memory lane.