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Times of India
Raju, known as First Rank Raju by everyone, is the quintessential geek, who aims at always securing the first place. His parents sacrifice everything to ensure he is a consistent topper, but forego the necessity to make him street smart. What happens when he has to face the world on his own?
There have been many films that have been made on the cons of the education system in India. The focus on securing that first rank and not concentrate on the overall development of the students. Who is the real hero - the front-bencher or the back-bencher? This film is a comical take on this, with a geeky hero and his misadventures.
The film begins with Raju being rejected from a campus interview despite his to grades. A dejected Raju nearly commits suicide, when his father goes and challenges the software company head that he would make Raju ready to take on the world.
In this process, Raju's parents chalk out a list of things for Raju to do to become a street smart individual, coaching him to make friends with the 'cool' gang and even playing Cupid for him. Will their coaching work? The colloquialisms and dialogues ensure this film connects with the youngsters, keeping it real instead of bombastic writing
Director Naresh Kumar has come up with an entertaining film, where the message isn't forced. The casting is quite accurate. Gurunandan as Raju excels. The music, cinematography, editing and re-recording too are commendable. Watch this film for its entertainment quotient and good performances.