Kirrak Party Review: A fun party
This remake of the Kannada blockbuster Kirik Party doesn’t deviate much from the mainstays of a campus story and provides good entertainment, albeit with some hiccups
Campus stories featuring a gang of friends takes the audience on a trip down memory lane. Stories like these always strike a chord with the younger lot by portraying the camaraderie and nostalgia, a romantic track or two, selfless friendship, fun, politics and rationalism. And Nikhil-starrer Kirrak Party, a remake of Kannada blockbuster Kirik Party doesn’t deviate from these mainstays, albeit with some hiccups.
Debutant Sharan Koppisetty has incorporated some local flavour into the original, with able support from Chandoo Mondeti and Sudheer Varma, who provided the dialogues and screenplay for the remake.
Director: Sharan Koppisetty
Cast: Nikhil, Simran Pareenja, Samyukta Hegde
We get introduced to first-year mechanical engineering student Krishna (Nikhil) and his friends, who fall at first sight for their senior and a good samaritan Meera (Simran Pareenja) the moment they bump into each other in their college corridor. Krishna is really crazy about her, and when his unwavering love gets bullied by his seniors, he pledges to settle scores with them. Then, we are in for a big fat surprise which is not worth the wait. The cheerful college-goer eventually transforms into a stubborn, ruthless and complex student leader akin to Vikram from Premam.
The film depicts gleeful incidents from college life with plenty of comic moments and some genuinely heartfelt scenes. However, the love story doesn’t really get going till intermission followed by the big twist. Halfway through the film, things begin to unfold interestingly, only to go off the rails with a lot of melodrama towards the intermission. But the director makes up in the latter half by taking the tale to a practical conclusion.
In a rare twist for a Telugu film, it’s the woman who does all the stalking here. Satya’s (Samyukta Hegde) obsessive pursuit of Krishna is nothing short of lusting and every time he finds her body language peculiar, she keeps telling her friend that he will change his mind for her.
The director follows the same old tropes to evoke some smiles and compassion, making us wonder who the target audience could be as the film doesn’t belong to youngsters or the matured lot in its entirety. That way, Sharan falls short of the expectations. However, he succeeds at wonderfully presenting both the exaggerated and understated moments.
The story has eight songs, composed by Ajaneesh Loknath, which express various moods in the narrative and are appealing enough for the viewers to remember.
Nikhil impresses by offering a restrained performance that’s hard to take your eyes off. He slips into the character of Krishna and proves his mettle showcasing varied emotions. He’s ably complemented by his gang of friends – Hemanth, Rakendu Mouli, Viva Raghav and Brahmaji, who plays the garage owner. Samyukta Hegde shines in the role of an electrical engineering student who pines for Krishna. Newcomer Simran Pareenja, too, performs well. The cinematography is commanding and so is the music.
Kirrak Party brings a taste of our college life and is pure entertainment. Even though the story may be routine, but it doesn’t make you restless.