Nithin's one-night saga is brilliant for college-going students, good for comedy lovers, and average for serious cinema audiences.
Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare (Kannada)
Forty-eight hours ago, the makers of Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare (Wanted Hostel Boys) were doubtful whether the film would hit the screens as scheduled on 21 July, after the actor and producer Ramya filed a suit against them.
However, a Bengaluru court finally gave them the green signal by imposing a condition and the film did witness a decent opening across Karnataka.
Now, the billion-dollar question is as to whether it justifies all the hype it garnered so far, especially after the actress took them to court on alleged violation of the artistic agreement.
The answer would be…
The two-plus hours of comedy drama revolve around the one-night escapade that takes place inside a boy’s hostel.
Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare opens with a beautiful fantasy scene with actress Ramya in a cameo as a mathematics lecturer. In fact, she keeps popping up once in a while throughout the flick.
It soon cuts to a hostel room where one of the boys is sharing his short film script which he intends to shoot in reality.
Something strange happens when the fantasy drama that opened the film strikes similarities in real, too.
In fantasy, the hostel warden gets killed accidentally by a gang of hostel boys. In reality, the hostel warden is found dead. He commits suicide by leaving a note where he names all the notorious hostel boys responsible for his extreme step to end his life!
What rolls out in the next two hours is a fun-filled comedy that’s best suited for college crowds.
It’s been a while since Sandalwood witnessed a thorough college drama after Kirik Party (2016).
While Kirik Party was a good mix of fun, love and emotion, Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is simply full of fun and crazy moments.
However, serious filmgoers may not connect with the intent with which it is made; the crazy part goes haywire as the tale progresses.
Nithin has also brilliantly infused some “life lessons” in a lighter mode.
For the majority, the comedy is loud. For others, who never had any first-hand experience of hostel stay during college days, it is just another meaningless entertainment.
With more than 500 boys in action, the film has at least a dozen main characters who are busy all the time on the screen. Everyone’s character comes with a unique mannerism which is the USP of Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare.
Manjunath Nayaka, who plays the warden, impresses the most.
Rest is the cameo appearance of Rishab Shetty, Pawan Kumar, and Shine Shetty. And then, Diganth makes the package look more entertaining.
Ramya, who keeps popping now and then, takes it a notch higher.
Nithin Krishnamurthy and his team churn out a definite youthful entertainment that is mostly enjoyed by the young audience.
If you had a good memory of your hostel and college days, then Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is a perfect film to watch with your gang.
(Views expressed here are personal.)