Saturday, November 20, 2010

College Days

Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Indrajith, Biju Menon, Saikumar, Govind Padmasoorya, Riyan, 'Kaadhal' Sandhya, Dhanya Mary Vargheese, Bhama (guest role)
Director : G.N.Krishna Kumar
Music : Ronnie Raphel

A day before only, we discussed about the new trend happening in the industry, another movie with the young actors had released. It is titled 'College Days' and is directed by new comer G.N.Krishna Kumar, who worked as an assistant to T.S.Suresh Babu in the television field. After 'Naayakan' and 'Chekavar', Indrajith is coming in the lead role here (It is a coincidence that his brother Prithviraj's movie 'The Thriller' has also reached theaters in the same week). From the title itself, it is known that this is a campus subject. Sujith Vasudev ('Chekarvar' fame) is the cinematographer, Ronnie Raphel gave the music. Seven Arts Films had distributed the movie, after the mega venture 'Enthiran'.

The story opens by showing the notorious activities of a five member gang (Riyan, Govind, Sandhya, Dhanya etc) in the medical college. They are responsible for the illegal activities like ragging in the college, the management had warned them many times and as their parents are so rich and powerful, they are freed from all the cases. Rohit (Indrajith) joins the college as a fresher to do house surgency. He acted against the gang in some occasions. They were planning to take vengeance on Rohit, which lead to some series of incidents; what happens to him and the gang, are told in the later portions of 'College Days' through the action oriented atmosphere.

The debutant writer-director G.N.Krishna Kumar had tried to present the revenge based story using an action back ground. The gang members are shown so cruel that situation demanded that some body should be there to put an end for this. The role of Indrajith is kept as a suspense, it would have been more effective if the happenings in the opening scene should have been revealed in the later portions only. The couple of twists happening for the hero character is good. The scenes like planning the trap, the activities done to hide the murder, the police officer acting against the politician, some portions of the revenge episodes etc are neatly done. Cinematography by Sujith Vasudev is excellent. Editor Babu Ratnam had got some neat cuts. Ronnie Raphel had given the fast bg score necessary to give the real action mood. Indrajith and Biju Menon had done well. Sandhya and Dhanya had also done their negative characters well. New comer Riyan and Govind Padmasoorya are there in the negative roles.

The senior girls acting openly at the practical lab in the presence of the teacher felt unrealistic. The title credits shown along with the news paper cuttings, creates a chaos while reading. Due to the small problems in the mixing, a few dialogues (written by Aji.M.S) were not neatly understandable. As other languages, an item song is placed here also, which is not necessary. The grading given for the night scene is good, but the absence of head light on the vehicle created an odd effect.

Watching an youthful action subject like 'College Days' without any expectations, won't give you much hard feelings.

Rating : 5.5 / 10

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