First and foremost, I had very high expectations from "Kirik Party", partly because of the online reviews and partly because my friends couldn't stop raving about it. Ummm. I was slightly disappointed. I mean, there are bits and pieces of the movie that I absolutely loved, but there were quite a few moments in the movie where I went "huh? What?" And "oh God, not another song".
The scenes in the hostel dorms have been captured quite aesthetically and realistically (Rakshit Shetty himself said some of the hostel scenes are inspired by his own hostel life), and are a hoot to watch. I haven’t experienced the hostel life myself, but Rajat, who watched the movie with me, was in splits during many of these hostel happenings.
The supporting cast has done a wonderful job. The lead girls, Rashmika and Samyuktha, both of them, again, wonderful! Rakshit Shetty as the flamboyant, innocent and naughty junior in the first half gets overshadowed by the villainous, rugged and bashful senior in the second half. How his character changes his lifestyle, who makes him meet himself, how he grows as a person is what forms the essence of the movie.
Many of the songs were unnecessary and didn't do much to the narrative, especially the song in the girl's hostel. I was getting a little fidgety about the movie towards the end, but the farewell song was the ultimate saving grace. That one song reminded me of my farewell party, the highs and lows of my college days, the friendships and relationships we made and broke, the way we cried, et al. That song alone, for me, deserves an extra half star.
To conclude, I expected much more out of the supremely talented individuals that Rakshit and Rishabh are, and so, I rate this movie a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5.
"Katheyonda helidhe Bari guruthugale college ali Class room-ina bench-ali Corridor wall-ali.. Saaladhe.. Guruthondhanu Naa gichidhe friendship-ina nepadali"
To all my engineering friends - I am glad I am touch with those who matter (ed) the most and I love you all!