Found as a new young talent with trendsetter Happy Days, with every film Nikhil grew big. Back to favorite Engineering College backdrop, he has now arrived with Kirrak Party as remake from Kannada blockbuster Kirik Party. Directed by Sharan Koppishetty and produced on AK Entertainments banner, let us see how far Nikhil repeated the flavor and magic of Happy Days in the following review.
Krishna (Nikhil), a typical fun loving 1st year Engineering College student with rebellious attitude against seniors falls in love with senior Meera Joseph (Simran Pareenja). With those silly fights between seniors, juniors and regular time pass college stuff; here is time for break as Krishna suffers big jolt with Meera’s sudden death that changes his perspective towards life. Winning the college elections to become president, Krishna is now into final year and first year girl Sathya (Samyuktha Hegde) enters into his life pushing for self discovery and redemption. How Krishna undergoes emotional transformation to patch up with divided friends and evolves as a good human being is rest.
To begin with, Happy Days stood a trendsetter in entire South for its original material connecting the chords with youth. Kirrak Party falls into the same déjà vu category of Happy Days with a wafer thin storyline supported by inconsistent screenplay and direction. Director Sharan Koppishetty though blended youthful elements of ragging, friendship, babes, love, smoking, boozing, college bunking, exams, groupism, college fights and so much material but his direction shined bright only patch wise and scene wise, blame it on incoherent screenplay by Sudheer Varma. Dialogues from Chandoo Mondeti needed lot more punches to keep the fun factor high. Technically, the film has youthful tinge with colorful cinematography by Advaitha Gurumurthy. Editing by Varma seemed to be blunt and sag beyond the limit testing patience many a times. Music by Ajaneesh Loknath is one big asset. Both background score and couple of songs stood noteworthy. Production values from Anil Sunkara of AK Entertainments banner are good.
About performances, Nikhil’s charm and youth image will multiply further for ably balancing the two contrasting looks. As first year guy, he is cute and smart in simple tees. His emotional reactions at tragic interval block that led to physical and psychological transformation was profusely visible in his physique. However, the serious ruggedness in his character behavior has got no proper justification. Simran Pareenja is good looking and apt as senior to Nikhil whose chapter ends by interval. Samyuktha Hegde is not a stunning beauty but is truly expressive with attractive body language. Entire lot of artists who have done as Nikhil friends played their part very well. Sijju as father to Simran and Sayaji Shinde as father to Nikhil are ok. Rest of the artists including the college principal, mechanical lecturer, mechanic Brahmaji made their presence felt.
Wafer Thin Storyline
Déjà vu Treatment
Missing Quality Comedy
Sekhar Kammula and Happy Days have set a benchmark for writers and directors to work in engineering college backdrop. Many films have come and left in this genre but it is still fascinating makers to project or try a new slice and allure youth audience. Kirrak Party is also the same. Except Nikhil’s romantic, chirpy and powerful display of artistry, this film is a lethargic rehash kheema of many college drama films.
First half begins with good fun as Nikhil and co join as fresh batch facing the seniors. To an extent, comedy worked out with senior of seniors from Tamil Nadu. Entry of Simran shifts the focus onto love track and purchasing the second hand car to impress Simran did not work out much between the friends batch. Slowly and steadily, Nikhil-Simran romance blossoms leading to a shocker interval block. Chang over of Nikhil with one action episode promises a far better second half.
Into latter half, director Sharan picks up College Elections all of sudden and Nikhil is in final year now divided with couple of his friends. Entry of Samyuktha Hegde, her attraction for Nikhil is also time pass. Winning the elections, century action block take us to development of a bond between Nikhil and Samyuktha. Couple of songs and script has no meat to push the film forward. Two scenes of bringing back Simran’s memories followed by journey of Nikhil on redemption to Himalayas make film quite a bit serious. Kidnapping the Principal for final year exam answer sheets, farewell party and patch up with friends is all for the happy ending.
In totality, Kirrak Party aimed mainly at Engineering College Students is packed with few good nostalgic moments to cherish. With a thin or say no solid conflict point, the film suffered on crucial junctures. Nikhil being the central attraction, Kirrak Party if exploits the big Box Office vacuum at this beginning summer season, there are high chances for youth coming for commercial rescue. Overall Box Office verdict has to be wait and seen. CJ goes with 2.75 stars.